Michael van der Galien

Obama’s Shame: Revolution Continues in Iran, Sound of Silence from White House

Posted on December 27 2009 2:48 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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When Iranian lovers of liberty and democracy decided that the mad Mullahs had persecuted, tortured and killed them long enough, and organized protest after protest against their rule, you expected America to come out in support of them. After all, the “land of the free and the home of the brave” has always been an example and inspiration to all those who love freedom.

Sadly, no word of support came from the White House. Instead of praising the brave Iranians protesting against the Islamo-fascist thugs who have oppressed them for three decades already, President Obama produced nothing but the sound of silence. Worse yet, he gave one of his allies, Senator John Kerry, permission to visit Iran next year. This even though such a visit will widely be interpreted as a sign of support for the mad Mullahs and as a very public betrayal of the leaders of the Green Revolution.

Now, some argue that Obama is right to cloud himself in silence because if he speaks out against President  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and in favor of (recently deceased) Ayatollah Montazeri’s followers, the latter will be portrayed as puppets of the West and enemies of Iran.

This  argument makes little sense. After all, the regime tried to dismiss its opponents as America’s puppets from the very moment they organized their first protest against Ahmadinejad’s election “victory.” Iranians didn’t fall for the propaganda, however. They knew that the resistance had no ties with the West whatsoever and that the Mullahs were lying through their teeth.

The Iranian people are smarter, better educated and more modern than many Westerners think. Make no  mistake about it, Iranians know that Ayatollah Khomeini‘s Islamic Revolution brought them nothing but suffering and oppression, and they know that the West isn’t their enemy. As such, endorsing the Green Revolution publicly and condemning the violence committed against them (four more protesters were killed today) will have no considerable negative effects for the U.S., while it will undoubtedly mean a lot to the thugocracy’s victims nonetheless.

Lastly, as Simon and Garfunkel said so well in their hit song, “fool, you do not know, silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you. Take my arms that I may reach you.” Silence in the face of murder is not an option. We can only hope that my words don’t fall “like silent raindrops […] and echo in the wells of silence.”

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