Claude Cartaginese

The President Loses His Voice—Again

Posted on September 30 2009 1:25 am
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Last June, when the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards set upon pro-democracy demonstrators who were protesting the theft of that country’s presidential election by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a brutal crackdown, the world’s leaders were quick to express their condemnation.

Soon after the release of the first video footage of the carnage, presidents and prime ministers alike began issuing statements demanding that the Iranian authorities respect the human rights of the innocent people taking to the streets demonstrating for free and fair elections. France, Italy, England and Germany were first off the starting line, and the leaders of those countries minced no words in holding the Iranian regime accountable for its despicable actions.

One country’s voice, however, was noticeable in its absence—that of the United States. President Barack Obama’s tepid response to the events in Iran came nearly a week after the election and the subsequent violence. And then, instead of taking his place as the leader of the free world and defender of free elections and democratic institutions, he was only able to bleat weakly about not wanting to be seen as “meddling” in Iran’s internal affairs.

Imagine, then, just a few months later, the same thing that happened in Iran happening again in another country. Surely, President Obama would act differently under the same set of circumstances. Well, just as surely, you’d be wrong in thinking so.

It is happening again, in the country of Guinea, on the coast of West Africa. According to a report by Marxist journalist Amy Goodman on her ironically named Democracy Now! program:

In Guinea, nearly ninety people were killed Monday [author’s note: death toll now stands at 157] when government forces opened fire on an opposition protest. Tens of thousands had gathered in a soccer stadium in the capital Conakry to protest the military junta leader’s plans to run in elections next year. The junta leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, seized power last year after the death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte.

Guess what happened next? Heads of state from France, Italy, England, Germany, other members of the European Union, and the African Union have all acted swiftly and decisively to condemn the actions of the Guinea Government.

And what of President Obama? Once again, the silence is deafening.

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