Tuesday, June 23, 2009
# Posted 3:02 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people have a universal right to assembly and free speech.Obama's language today was much more forceful than it was in Cairo. The biggest change, however, is Obama's insistence that the international community's respect for Iran depends directly on its acceptance of the Iranian people's universal rights.
There was absolutely no suggestion in Cairo that a democratic deficit is grounds for exclusion from the international community. Yet now Obama has taken a position increasingly reminiscent of his predecessor, whose name escapes me at the moment.
It is also worth observing which right the President did not attribute to the people of Iran. Although he spoke extensively in Cairo about freedom of religion, he made no reference to it today. Perhaps that was unintentional, or perhaps it reflected the belief that demanding freedom of religion from a theocratic dictatorship would be too provocative.
In conclusion, let me just say "bravo" to President Obama.
Cross-posted at Conventional Folly (1) opinions -- Add your opinion
The biggest change, however, is Obama's insistence that the international community's respect for Iran depends directly on its acceptance of the Iranian people's universal rights.Post a Comment
Who's running the betting pool on how many hours until we get a clarification? Put me down for 36.
If he means it, then I agree with you. He hit the right note and deserves to be recognized for this. I just don't believe he means it.