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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Obama has let the Iranian people down Anonymous ]

Obama has let the Iranian people down Anonymous

THIS IS not the first time the Iranian regime has resorted to fraud in elections. Nor has it been the only occasion that the Iranian people have found themselves the target of their government’s snipers.

During the past three decades, since the ousting of the Late Shah of Iran and the establishment of the revolutionary regime of Ayatollah Khomeini, tens of thousands have been executed, many more imprisoned and tortured while others have perished under house arrests or assassinated by agents of the regime – either in the country or whilst in exile.

So far, however, the world media had opted to turn a blind eye on the long list of atrocities committed by the regime in Tehran. Economic interests had prompted world governments to persuade their press and media to overlook consistent human rights abuses in the country. Iran, after all, is potentially one of the richest countries in the Middle East with huge oil and gas reserves. Concerns over human rights could not be allowed to stand in the way of lucrative oil and gas deals. (Curiously not one single contract with the Iranian regime on oil and gas has been made public. One wonders why.)

The only exception was the United States of America, which almost since the beginning of theocratic rule in Iran in 1979, had severed diplomatic ties with Tehran. The Mullahs in Iran had embarked upon an anti-American course, which was not all that unpleasant to some of the US competitors in the region.

Despite huge strategic and economic costs, the US stayed its course of siding with the people of Iran against their tyrannical rulers culminating in the administration of George Bush Jnr, where the US president openly distinguished Iranian people from their government.

While the rest of the world, including Europe, were happily conducting business with the Iranian regime, conveniently overlooking gross violation of human rights in the country, Washington appeared to be the only ally of the Iranian people.

Which is why the stand of President Obama on the current turmoil in Iran is that much more surprising and at the same time disappointing. Now that at last the West, albeit belatedly, appears to acknowledge the fraudulent and murderous nature of the Iranian rulers, the US, which had been the leader in this thus far, suddenly seems to be backtracking from its position.

When all European leaders almost unanimously deplore the violent crackdown of the people by the government in Iran, Obama shies away from outright condemnation of the regime and heats up his language only incrementally with each press conference. It would have appeared only rational – if not ethical – for the US government to adopt a similar line on Iran as others and thus reap the benefits of decades of sympathy with the Iranian people and hostility with their dictatorial rulers.

Neda, the young Iranian student killed by the bullets of one of the regime snipers, as well as others who have given their lives for freedom in Iran, will be remembered for their uncompromising stance for human rights and not for any political deal that may be struck between those who killed them and the president of the most powerful country in the world.

l The author has requested their name to be withheld


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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