Friday, June 19, 2009

Being with the Iranian People

We stand with the Iranian people by allowing them to make their own decision without our interference. President Obama is getting some heat from the Republicans for not condemning the election results and speaking out against the Iranian establishment. But he is clearly doing the right thing. We have butted in that country's business before and not in beneficial ways. We can stand with the people of Iran without injecting ourselves in their national politics.

Arianna Huffington made a brilliant comment in the "Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer with regards to our interference in Iranian politics. Tony Blankey, former Press Secretary to Newt Gingrich, called for President Obama to take a stand with the opposition and indicated that the President is missing this "moment" in history. Huffington responded that this is the "Iranian people's moment."

No truer words could have been spoken. While many of us stand with the people of Iran, it remains their "moment." Just imagine if after the 2000 election if other governments started publicly telling the American government that we should do a re-vote for the sake of the people? We were also in the streets and it took quite a while for many Americans to get over that contentious election. In fact, many still have not gotten over it.

America and the world will benefit from change in Iran. But it is the Iranian people who will bring about this change, not the President of the United States and its citizens.

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