31/12/2009 08:49

Obama to Iranian Protesters: History Is on Your Side

The United States joins with the international community in strongly condemning the violent and unjust suppression of innocent Iranian citizens, which has apparently resulted in tensions, injuries and even death. 

For months, the Iranian people have sought nothing more than to exercise their universal rights. Each time they have done so, they have been met with iron fist of brutality, even on solemn occasions and holy days. 

And each time that has happened, the world has watched with deep admiration for the courage and the conviction of the Iranian people, who are part of Iran’s great and enduring civilization.

What’s taking place in Iran is not about the United States or any other country. 

It’s about the Iranian people and their aspirations for justice, and a better life for themselves. And the decision of Iran’s leaders to govern through fear and tyranny will not succeed in making those aspirations go away. As I said in Oslo, it’s telling when governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation. Along with all free nations, the United States stands with those who seek their universal rights. 
We call upon the Iranian government to abide by the international obligations that it has to respect the rights of its own people.
We call for the immediate release of all who have been unjustly detained within Iran. We will continue to bear witness to the extraordinary events that are taking place there. And I am confident that history will be on the side of those who seek justice.




The New York Times describes a scene found only in instances of revolution:“There were scattered reports of police officers surrendering, or refusing to fight. Several videos posted on the Internet show officers holding up their helmets and walking away from the melee, as protesters pat them on the back in appreciation. 

In one photograph, several police officers can be seen holding their arms up, and one of them wears a bright green headband, the signature color of the opposition movement.” (December 27, 2009).

The recent killing of protestors is likely to have the opposite of its intended effect: protestors are likely to become even more demanding and radicalized. After the shots were fired, thousands of demonstrators were heard yelling: “I’ll kill, I’ll kill those who killed my brothers.” 

If the current Iranian government survives the revolutionary movement, it will do so only after a prolonged period of extreme domestic crisis and repression. The reaction of the U.S. government to the month’s long events in Iran has been largely to ignore it. 

Not only has the U.S. government not “born witness” to the people’s struggle in Iran, the Democrats are working to undermine it. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced his intention to push forward potentially crippling U.S. sanctions against Iran’s oil imports (Iran cannot refine all of the oil it needs, and must import 40 percent). 

If realized, this action would amount to an act of war. The effect of such an economic attack will be to assist Iran’s current rulers, who will use the provocation to distract the public away from domestic issues, and focus instead on a powerful foreign enemy. Regardless of the many media-invented lies surrounding the situation in Iran, the real cause for intervention would be the same as Iraq: oil and corporate profits in general. Like Iraq, Iran has lots of oil. 

Also like Iraq, Iran has a large state sector that could be privatized as gifts for U.S. corporations. Like Iraq, Iran is not a puppet of the United States, one of the few countries in the oil-rich Middle East hanging on to their independence. This Iranian revolution, if successful, has profound implications for the Middle East and beyond. The last Iranian revolution, in 1979, shook off the U.S.-installed puppet dictator and made Iran an independent country. Unfortunately, the aspirations of the people were choked off by the Ayatollahs, who stopped the revolutionary movement in its tracks by murdering progressives by the thousands. 

Because the Middle East continues to be dominated by U.S. puppets or directly by the U.S. military, Iran’s independence continues to be a source of inspiration for millions in the region. Regrettably, the stunted outcome of the 1979 revolution is also viewed as a goal for many of these same people, who wrongly see a religious government as more just and equitable than what they currently experience under U.S. domination.

The popular revolution in Iran is likely to come into conflict with not only Mullahs, but in addition, powerful corporations. The people will not be satisfied submitting to either, making this revolution inherently more radical than the “pro-democracy” label given by the U.S. government. If Iran were to complete a revolution that made its goal to spend its oil wealth and other riches on the people, it would send an example that would rock the Middle East. 

Any U.S. or Israeli intervention would be useless, which is precisely why they may try to abort the baby before it is born. Those in the United States involved in the anti-war movement must be aware of the unfolding events in Iran. 

The people of Iran must be allowed to complete their revolution without U.S. intervention. 





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Behnam Dero 

Irans movment will win only if US Helps . comonism and islamic facsism are hands in hands together to stope the movment . death to Russia and China and thoese who work for them .

Yesterday at 10:41am · 


Behnam Dero 

Hokoomate zaleme Iran az tarafe roosiye va chin hemayate kamel mishavad . mardom bedanid doshmane in harekate bozorg , komonistha va eslamgarahaye fashisti hastand .

We Are Neda 

Iran's recent history shows that Uncle Sam only works for HIS OWN INTEREST and mostly against the Iranian people for the profit of the happy few while most are relegated to abject misery. Haven't anything been learned from USA's financing of Irak's murderous assault & war.


United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq war


The Doctrine of Blatancy works something like this: First identify our (USA’s corporations) area of benefit (where can we maximize our power and wealth?) Next look for locals who will collaborate with us to help achieve our ends. Of course there are always scraps from the table to be thrown to them. And most dogs are satisfied with that.

So what else is new ?

Diane Babayan 

I know exactly what you are talking about... I knew personally some of those monsters who were working with a certain famous guy from CIA who later were partners to Arm Irak and Iran..as well as the Drug Deals to finance the US/Contras war..... Knowing that person (before the 79 revolution cost me almost my life..after having been tortured and the rest..for almost a year... by a Savak/CIA special agent (gorouheh zarbati!!!!) Nobody could do anything for me.. When I say no one that means no one... That was long before the revolution... The Shah had nothing to do in this.. I know it.. THE COLD WAR (CIA/KGB) has done a lot of damage in many countries but it has been going on in Iran since early 40's... The Cold War is officially over but the KGB's former agents are ruling a very powerful country now... and it continues... in a more discret way but it is there not for Ideology reasons but Economic reasons..


We Are Neda 

Amazing story, thanks for sharing, love ;)


Diane Babayan 

I was born in 1941 and since my childhood.. I was aware of what was happening..Politically and Socialy.... Those days, we didnt have electricity.. running water.. gas for cooking or heating .. no bathrooms.. nothing.. I have lived the whole evolution of the country.. I know many things that many people are not aware of.. I have many similar stories to tell .. one day may be.. I will write a book but I havent had the time to do that because I had to raise my 2 very young children on my own.. since 1978 ( when I was in France for summer Hollidays with only summer clothes and nothing else) ... I am still single because I am too independant :):):) But one day.. I may have time to write what I know and what I lived... Love to you:) 


Paul Meichun 

yeah it is now all over the news !!! in Chicago!!!



Tehran is on fire and enveloped in smoke tonight. 

Mohseni Square is under siege by militias, and the frightened, bloody demonstrators are seeking refuge in people's homes. The militias have been crowding the square since the afternoon, shouting and wielding batons at anyone who fails to move swiftly past them. Families are out in the streets again carrying grocery bags, to show that they have an excuse for passing through. 

Kaj Square and upper Valiasr are scenes of demonstrations and clashes with guards. Just a few hours earlier all our neighbors opened their doors to bloody and bruised demonstrators.Tehran will not sleep tonight. It will burn in fire and smoke and blood. But that is the Tehran I have come to know. 
In this same city, many will lay soundly in slumber. Many will sleep never having heard these cries or never having felt the sharp, stinging batons. We truly do reside on different planets it seems, while still working and studying and living in the same city. The question is, when or how will these different planets collide?




Shamila John 

Keep up the fight for your democratic rights our thoughts are with you.

Yesterday at 9:10am · 


We Are Neda 

Religious holiday turns bloody

The start of an Iranian intifada

Ashura videos [Graphic]

Hope you're not sorry you've asked...


Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today 
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace 
You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one 
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world 
You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as on



Voici quelque chose de magnifique j en ai eu des frissons


We Are Neda *

Overnight she became a global symbol of the regime’s brutality, and of the remarkable courage of Iran’s opposition in a region where other populations are all too easily suppressed by despotic governments.

Her name was invoked by Barack Obama, Gordon Brown and other world leaders. Outside Iranian embassies huge crowds of protesters staged candlelit vigils, held up her picture, or wore T-shirts proclaiming, “NEDA — Nothing Except Democracy Acceptable”. 

The internet was flooded with tributes, poems and songs. The exiled son of the Shah of Iran carried her photograph in his chest pocket. She was no less of an icon inside Iran, whose Shia population is steeped in the mythology of martyrdom. Vigils were held. Her grave became something of a shrine, and the 40th day after her death — an important date in Shia mourning rituals — was marked by a big demonstration in Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in Tehran that riot police broke up. 

It was not hard to see why Ms Soltan so quickly became the face of the opposition, the Iranian equivalent of the young man who confronted China’s tanks during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations 20 years earlier. 

She was young and pretty, innocent, brave and modern. She wore make-up beneath her mandatory headscarf, jeans and trainers beneath her long, black coat, and liked to travel. She transcended the narrow confines of religion, nationality and ideology. She evoked almost universal empathy.





We Are Neda *