The Hypocrisy of President Barack Hussein Obama Part 2 - Egyptian vs Iranian Protests

A few days ago, I wrote Part 1 of this story detailing the hypocrisy of President Barack Hussein Obama in relation to his ignoring American protesters while promising to hear the protesters of Egypt. He even gave them hope of support telling them they would see their dreams come true.  What caught me by surprise was the reaction to this story. Almost immediately, Fox New's Fox Nation reposted the story where it quickly jumped to their 2nd most popular story of the day. Currently it stands as number 7 in their most popular stories for the past seven days.

Also a surprise was Media Matters (an ultra left wing "media watchdog" run by George Soros) picked up the story and attacked its credibility, questioning the sizes of crowds of American protesters I cited in the story.  The staff of Media Matters completely distorted the story and made false claims about what I was saying in an effort to discredit the story, Fox Nation and TexasGOPVote. You can see my response to their story on their website comments section (near the bottom).

I wonder if President Obama heard the over 1,300 comments on Fox Nation in addition to the comments received on our own Facebook Fan Page. One critical comment was that it wasn't fair to compare the freedom seeking protesters of Egypt to the lowly American grumbling conservative Tea Party movement.  Okay, fair enough.  It is clear the left hold right-wing conservatives in contempt and feels they deserve to be ignored.  So, let's take a look at a different comparison.  

Perhaps it is better to compare the freedom seeking protesters of Egypt to the freedom seeking protesters of Iran in 2009. As pointed out in an earlier TexasGOPVote Blog Post, the Obama administration wasted months in responding to the protest in Iran that led to the deaths of many protesters gunned down in the streets by the Iranian Government.

Iranians took to the streets in masses to protest what they believe to be a fraudulent election that returned the Iranian President to power for another term.

Did President Obama take to his all powerful, all seeing, presidential podium and say, "we hear your voices"? No, he didn't. Did he say "You will seize your own destiny"? No, he didn't. Did he get on the phone and call President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and suggest that he resign his position immediately? No, he didn't.

Instead, according to the BBC, Obama said, "I am deeply troubled by the violence that I've been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability for folks to peacefully dissent, all those are universal values and need to be respected."

Obama went on to say, "We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran." 

Associated Content contributor, Mark Whittington, had this to say about the Obama reaction to the Iranian protests.

"President Obama's relatively passivity concerning the Iran protests, refusing to endorse them or even to support the aspirations for freedom by the Iranian people, seems to be calculated."

He continued, "...there is the sense that the policy is not only short sighted, but more than a little weak. If the United States is seen as too cowed to support pro freedom demonstrators in Iran and if the mullahs succeed in suppressing them, the rulers of Iran like Mamoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will conclude that Obama will not be too assertive in any negotiations and thus concessions will be unnecessary."

So, once again the hypocrisy of President Barack Obama is clear. The woman in the Time Magazine photo below, 26 year old Neda Agha-Soltan, gave her life seeking freedom for the Iranian people.  Did President Obama hear her? According to the Time Magazine story, Neda's name is Farsi for "voice or calling".  Neda, I am very sorry your voice and calling fell on the deaf ears of this American president.

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Seems that the author's knowledge of mideast is rather limited.
In the case of  Iranian protest the best support by US would have been to refrain from interfering and not to take sides which would weaken the opposition as american backed movement.  Hence, Obama chose the appropriate policy of not directly connecting to the Iranian opposition movement while condemning the violent responses and human rights violations of Iranian govt.

Egypt being officially a US ally, President Obama had to make US position with regards to Egyptian government and ally clear.  US had to choose between supporting an ally government or siding with people of Egypt. A problem which did not exist in Iran due to lack of ties between Iranian and US governments.  Egyptians demanded the US president to side with opposition while Iranian population specifically asked US not to connect itself directly to opposition. Where US direct backing has been used as an excuse by Iranian government in condemning and suppressing the peoples protest.  It's absolutely the opposite scenarios which demands opposite responses.  Hope, this rather longer than desired response clarifies the issue.

 

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