Monday, June 22, 2009

Will America support freedom? Democracy?

Iran is in turmoil.  Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest of a sham election.  They're wanting their voices to be heard.  They're longing for freedom . . . something like democracy.  But their oppressors have vowed to "crush further protest."  (Link to story here.)

The United States was once the shining city on a hill, a beacon of light in a dark world, and hope for people who longed for freedom from around the world.  Is it still?

The Iranian people need our support . . . they need America . . . they need Barack Obama to speak out and apply pressure on their behalf.  The time has come.  Light the lamp of freedom for Iran.

6/23 Update:  Did anybody see Obama's press conference?  (Link to story here.)  Did Obama read SLC?  Maybe, that's the positive spin.  Or, is this the best that the president and his teleprompter can do?  That's the negative spin.


Dameon said...

I have to disagree on this topic. At this stage, the U.S. needs to stay out of it. Getting involved would just throw more fuel on the anti-American sentiment in the mid-east, when the protesters seem to have the upper hand at the moment, and gaining momentum. Getting involved would just inflame the hard line Islamic conservatives even more.

Let's finish the war in Iraq and Afghanistan before starting another in Iran.

St. Louis Conservative said...

I'm not calling for a war or direct intervention of any kind on America's part - with the possible exception of logistical help. I am calling for an American president to sound a call for freedom around the world. Speak up and tell freedom-fighters around the world that our country stands ready to help in any way that we can. And if they are able to throw off their oppressors, they've got a friend waiting in the international community.

Dameon said...

Roland Martin of CNN has a great commentary on this subject today. I don't agree with him on a lot of issues, but with this one I believe he is right on the money. Expresses what I was trying to say perfectly.