The life of Neda Agha-Soltan was the subject of a documentary on cable television last night. The anniversary of her murder by the thugs of the Iranian regime was noted last week.
THIS description of the Obama brand of foreign policy is on the mark. " Then there is our new foreign policy of bowing, apologizing, and reaching out to thugs in Cuba, Iran, and Syria, while snubbing liberal democracies like Britain, Colombia, and Israel. Why send a video to a creepy bully like Ahmadinejad, and snub brave dissidents in the streets of Teheran?
All that accomplished was to embolden those who hate America and depress those who like us. Does anyone think Obama’s visit to Turkey won that country over, or his Cairo outreach charmed Arabs, or his bow to China earned anything, or being checkmated by Putin was impressive? Lots of straws were piled on with all that." The premise of the article being that one too many straws are accumulating on the back of Obama, even for the most loyal of Obots, and the disappointment in his lack of leadership abilities has surfaced.
Remembering the protests in the streets of Tehran last summer and the millions who participated, it also brings back memories of the slow response of President Obama. As is a well-established pattern now, then it was still just a bit odd for the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, to be silent for so long in his support for those demanding freedom from the brutal theocracy in control of the people of Iran.
The documentary brought out the interesting recognition that it was the women of Iran who were leading the organization and execution of the protests. Neda's father was interviewed, along with her mother and brother and sister, and he stated several times his pride in his daughter's courage and spirit. In a country known for brutal enforcement of draconian measures towards any ounce of personal freedom of women it was very informative to hear of Neda's supportive family.
Here's hoping the Green Movement in Iran doesn't die off like so many of its heroes.