Monday, June 15, 2009

Obama statement on Iran election

It seems to strike the right tone not to be too quick either to accept the election results or to denounce them. We are not really in a good position to judge what happened in this election. But if we are too quick to accept the outcome, we give credence to the regime; if we denounce the election as a fraud, we provide ammunition for Ahmadinejad's followers. Much better to stress the people's rights to assemble, to protest, to communicate with the outside world. Those are the freedoms that people in Iran are standing up for. Those people need to know that the world is watching.

1 comment:

  1. I understand Obama not wanting to come down on the Iranians. I think he had his chance in Cairo. The world might be watching but for those in Iran fighting for freedom I'm not so sure they are getting any real support.