Talking Iran

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Hi guys! If you haven’t already listened, the Podcast with Steve Schippert of National Review Online The Tank and Threatswatch.org and John Hawkins, my co-blogger at Right Wing News is now available. It was so good and spot on! We talked about the structure of Iranian government, Islam’s relationship to Democracy and more. Plus, how President Obama should deal with this.

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Obama On Iran: Moral Clarity Requires Morals

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Waiting for their dear leader to express his opinion, the “power to the people” crowd has kept silent. My take: the risk for making Obama look bad, or better yet being on the outs should an opinion differ from the Borg, has kept the Left mum about the Iranian uprising. [Or criticize anyone willing to note something IS happening in Iran.]

No one really knows why the Iranians are demonstrating yet. Is this just one faction of Mullah-endorsed candidate expressing discontent because another Mullah-endorsed candidate stole the election or is this public demonstration a desire for a more moderate Iran generally?

Time will tell. The fact is, it requires immense courage for the Iranian people to defy the police, the current leadership and Ahmadinijad’s minions to step out publicly and make their voices heard. “Down with the dictator!” they shout. Does that mean the people want another dictator? Or do they want an end to the tyrannical Iranian leadership?

We’ll see.

Either way, the instinct in this situation should be to support the people. The instinct should be to openly label tyranny in all it’s forms as wrong. The instinct should be to marginalize those who would use brute force to enforce domination and diminish freedom.

The moral position is to support freedom and liberty.

While this is patently obvious to anyone with a moral compass, it’s not obvious to President Obama or his followers. They’re still waiting to find out what happens so they can make “open dialogue” seem like a reasonable decision. They want to find a way to exploit the Iranian discontent, and possible revolution.

Here’s what a person with a moral compass says, “Americans support the Iranian people in their quest for free and fair elections that represents the will of the people. We respect their will and their voice and their courage in the face of the dangers they now face. Our hearts go out to the people of Iran.”

That’s it. It’s the right thing to say and it doesn’t presuppose an outcome. It still gives the American government an out to communicate with whatever regime ends up in charge, but it communicates to the people of Iran that America loves and supports them and is on their side.

Words matter. President Obama knows this. He uses words like others wield swords. Mostly, he uses them to benefit himself. It’s time for him to use words to benefit the oppressed people of the world. Iran is a nice start.

But using words in this case, takes a little bit of moral fortitude. It also means taking a stand. President Obama has shown little inclination to embrace any moral stand. He has shown an inclination to make self-serving speeches.

In this case, supporting the Iranian people could also serve himself. Of course, that outcome isn’t certain, so it does require a modicum of courage. Moral courage and moral clarity–two things he sorely lacks.

Note: To get the coverage you won’t get on the MSM, follow the #Iran and #Iranelection hashtags on Twitter. And, if you don’t know that those things are, learn at Mashable (via Michelle Malkin). More to come.

Also, tonight, I have foreign policy and military expert Steve Schippert of the National Review Online, The Tank, and Threatswatch.org and my co-blogger John Hawkins on Right Doctor my radio show tonight from 10 to 11:00 EST for RFCradio.com. Please join us in the chatroom with your questions. If you can’t make it, the podcast will be available on iTunes later–just search my name.



Lying, It’s What Communists Do–UPDATED

Friday, August 15th, 2008

So the little Chinese chick was lip-syncing:

A 7-year-old Chinese girl was not good-looking enough for the Olympics opening ceremony, so another little girl with a pixie smile lip-synched “Ode to the Motherland,” a ceremony official said _ the latest example of the lengths Beijing took for a perfect start to the Summer Games.

A member of China’s Politburo asked for the last-minute change to match one girl’s face with another’s voice, the ceremony’s chief music director, Chen Qigang, said in an interview with Beijing Radio.

The audience will understand that it’s in the national interest,” Chen said in a video of the interview posted online Sunday night.

And then there are the prepubescent (and by prepubescent, I mean 10 year old) child-athletes:

Last night we watched a group of 7-year-old Chinese girls beat the crap out of the American gymnasts. And please. Don’t try to tell me those Chinese chicks are 16 and older. Bela Karolyi is not crazy – actually I think he might be for other reasons – but he’s right about this. Even the New York Times and Time magazine and Sports Illustrated are getting on it, and there’s pretty convincing proof that there are some serious shenanigans going on with that shit.

Oh, and then there’s the whole we-don’t-the-whole-country-just-the-separatists-part bit by our good friend Vladamir Putin. Oh, and it’s Dick Cheney’s fault!:

Russians were told over breakfast yesterday what really happened in Georgia: the conflict in South Ossetia was part of a plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barack Obama being elected president of the United States.

The line came on the main news of Vesti FM, a state radio station that — like the Government and much of Russia’s media — has reverted to the old habits of Soviet years, in which a sinister American hand was held to lie behind every conflict, especially those embarrassing to Moscow. Modern Russia may be plugged into the internet and the global marketplace but in the battle for world opinion the Kremlin is replaying the old black-and-white movie.

The Obama angle is getting wide play. It was aired on Wednesday by Sergei Markov, a senior political scientist who is close to Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister and power behind President Medvedev.

I never could understand Bush when he said that “he looked into PUtin’s soul”. Good grief. I looked in and saw a hungry wolf, waiting to eat his prey. And he’s started his meal.

Communists, lie, that’s what they do. They distort things and defend distortions for the “greater good”. They make decisions for expedience and their own comfort. To promote the state, they don’t mind harming the individual. They do not value the individual, except inasmuch as the individual can make the state look good.

And still, liberals defend this. The preach “peace” when peace means appeasement.

It’s tiring. I agree in part with Michael Reagan’s assessment:

In any struggle between the dreamers and the realists the realists always win.

We’re seeing that played out right now as the supreme realist of our time, Vladimir Putin, not only is running circles around the dreamers of the West, but is also making them look like a bunch of incompetent ninnies.

We in the West, buy the Commies lies because the truth is too difficult to contemplate: more war. The fact is that these powers understand one thing–dominance. And America’s continued slide into socialistic softness has opened the door for tyrants worldwide.

Ultimately, the constitution of the average American enables a guy like Putin and the Republic of China. We don’t have the stomach for a fight.

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has followed the arc of the underage Chinese gymnastics team. To see the genesis of communist scandal management read his piece. It is also noteworthy, again, how the West responds to the deceit. It appears that the IOC and the West in general will cower before this bully power.

Cross-posted at RightWingNews.com