“America is still the abiding alternative to tyranny. That is our purpose in the world.” Ronald Reagan “Freedom’s never more than 1 generation away from extinction We didn’t pass it to children in bloodstream it must be fought for”
President Obama’s weak response to Iranian government’s reign of terror against its own people, not only goes against the most basic of American values, but it has also struck fear in the hearts of those looking to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East. Not Just in Iran, but in the Arab world also. The democracy activist is afraid the weakness that President Obama has shown in condemning the Iranian actions will empower other oppressive regimes to crack down on their people.
As reported in WAPO today:
The frustration [of Arab Democracy Activists] comes against a backdrop of deep-rooted skepticism among pro-democracy activists that U.S. policies under President Obama will help transform the region, despite his vow to engage the Muslim world in a highly publicized speech here last month. Some view Obama’s response to Iran’s protests, muted until Tuesday, as a harbinger of U.S. attitudes toward their own efforts to reform their political systems. The Egyptian government, they note, is a key American ally, and U.S. pressure on Egypt for reforms began subsiding in the last years of the Bush administration.
“When Obama does not take a stance, the very next day these oppressive regimes will regard this as a signal. This is a test for his government,” said Ayman Nour, a noted Egyptian opposition politician who was recently released from jail. “If they can turn a blind eye to their enemy, they can turn a blind eye to any action here in Egypt.”
The Egyptians are also upset that at least the Iranians got tepid support Egyptian revolutionaries do not recive even that:
“Here, in the last presidential election, the police used live ammunition,” Sharkawy said. “Why didn’t the West speak out against what was happening to us, when we had much smaller numbers? You become skeptical. We understand the United States and the West will pursue their own interests. They don’t want a strong Egyptian government that will have separate opinions from the West.”
…”It makes me think of 2011 — our next presidential election,I think we will become like the people they are beating up in Iran now.”
Those are ominous words, with the President busily beating up on our ally Israel and insulting our allies in Europe such as France and Great Britian, It is doubtful that the President will have the savvy to act different in 2011.
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Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: ‘Why Not Us?’