Obama, Egypt and Iran

Yesterday, 15 Feb, Baraqqi said: ‘ My hope and expectation is that we’re going to continue to see the people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedoms and a more representative government, understanding that America cannot ultimately dictate what happens inside of Iran any more than it could inside of Egypt What’s been different is the Iranian government’s response, which is to shoot people and beat people and arrest people … Each country is different, each country has its own traditions, and America can’t dictate what happens in these societies ‘ [1]

I live in Iran and I can see how Iranians feel anger at Obama. I feel anger too, and now I should try to control my own anger. Baraqqi pretends ignorance. He pretends that we want greater freedoms, while we don’t have anything like freedom, and we could not even breath here, if you know what I mean. Baraqqi pretends that we want a more representative government, while we don’t have anything like representative government and we live under a great tyranny. Baraqqi pretends that America has not dictated what happens in Egypt or Tunisia or other counteries. But we know the truth and see the obvious facts.

Egypt has revealed the double standard and hypocrisy of the West again. We saw how the West, and especially the US, put enormous pressure on Mubarak and Egypt. We have not forgotten the Obama’s speeches and his tone about Egypt yet. “We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy … There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard … they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America” [2]

We have not forgotten the statement of the five great European countries about Egypt, the speeches of Clinton, Gates, Hague, Cameron, etc about Egypt. We have not forgotten how the US and EU wanted to topple Mubarak. And we have not forgotten how the US and EU toppled the Shah in Iran with the same scenario. We know what New York Times and other said : ‘ The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military … the Obama administration has no consistent policy other than to take the temperature in Tahriri Sq. … Obama decided that telling Mubarak to start getting the Hell out now … Does Obama think the Egyptian people will thank us for our help in shoving Mubarak aside?’ [5]

The West and Western media repeatedly say: ‘Our caution stems from the same fear that appeared to guide our response in June 2009: that a clear U.S. call for regime change in Iran would allow Khamenei to cast the protest movement as a creation of the West.’ But does a clear U.S. call for regime change in Egypt did not allow Mubarak to cast the protest movement as a creation of the West ?? Mubarak regime repeatedly said that Egyptians don’t listen to foreign media, they want to deceive you. Suleiman said: ‘ Egyptians do not listen to the stations and the satellites that have no goal other than sedition and to weaken Egypt’s image and its image’ [4] Even Mubarak in his last speech said: ‘ it is shameful and I will not, nor will ever accept to hear foreign dictations, whatever the source might be or whatever the context it came in … We will prove that we are not followers or puppets of anybody, nor we are receiving orders or dictations from anybody — any entity, and no one is making the decision for us except the Egyptians.’ [3]

The world should think more about all the West’s excuses and double standards. Now Washingtonpost says [1]:

Obama addressed the Iranian demonstrations Tuesday with a large measure of caution , calling on Iran’s leaders to allow protesters to express their grievances but stopping short of calling for a change in government …. Obama’s careful formulation, outlined during a morning news conference, highlighted the sharp differences between the political dynamic that his administration faces in Iran and the one that shaped the recent revolt in Egypt … In the final days of Egypt’s unrest, Obama aligned himself with the demonstrators’ demand for a new government. With Iran he has not been so bold His call Tuesday for Iran’s government to allow peaceful protest echoed the one he made after the Green Movement emerged on Tehran’s streets in 2009, a response many criticized as tepid

We should think more about the real policy of the US and EU about the Iran’s regime. I will write more about it later.


[2] http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20031454-503544.html



[5] http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/02/04/slapdash-obama-policy-egypt/

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