I mean, really — designating Iraq (under Saddam Hussein), Iran, and North Korea an “Axis of Evil”? What an ignorant, self-centered, hegemonic, war-mongering MORON!
Once again, the accuracy of the Bush Administration’s assessment of the threat to world peace posed by the dictatorial regimes of Iran and North Korea has been borne out in the fruit of their actions. Kim Jong Il is busy rattling North Korea’s nuclear, biological and ballistic missile sabers in a heavy-handed attempt to keep attention off the likely transition of power from the elder Kim to his 26-year old son, Kim Jong Un. And in Iran, the clumsy attempt by the nation’s hard-line religious leaders to rig the recent presidential election has resulted in a mass protest which, despite attempts by the state to severely limit communications and violently intimidate protesters, has managed to draw crowds not seen since the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe some 20 years ago.
A day or two ago, a commenter mentioned that we had posted little about Iran here at WizBang. I sarcastically replied that WizBang had no intention of conveying the impression that we were trying to “meddle” in the affairs of Iran, a response which mirrored the official policy position of the Obama White House. Obama has taken a lot of heat from conservatives for his “wait and see” approach, with many comparing it to the tepid response of Bush 41 to the Tiananmen Square massacre in China twenty years ago.
For most of us who have anxiously watched the events in the Middle East for the last decade or so, the protests in Iran are a marvelous thing. In fact, for those of us who have prayed for a peaceful end to the repressive, war-mongering hard-line Islamic regime that has ruled Iran for thirty years, this week’s protests have literally been an answer to prayer. They illustrate, beyond question, that the people of Iran do not want war, do not want bombs and missiles, and do not wish to become a regional hegemonic power through conquest and intimidation. By the millions they have been willing to risk their security — and their lives — in order to make their voices heard. It has been a beautiful, mature, elegant protest.
Twenty years ago, the old-school Communist leaders of Eastern Bloc nations watched helplessly as millions of citizens poured into the streets, overwhelmed barricades, ransacked Communist Party and secret police headquarters in city after city, over-ran borders and flooded into Western Europe to be reunited with long-lost friends and family, and finally smashed the Berlin Wall. In the elections that followed, the Communist party was crushed, and over forty years of brutal Communist rule was brought to a bitter, yet relatively peaceful end. The tanks and guns of the Communists were no match for the hopes and dreams of the people.
The people of Iran are just as passionate as those who were trampled for decades under the boot of the Soviet Union. They are intelligent and well-educated, and because so many of them have been schooled in the West, they are aware of the freedom and prosperity that Westerners enjoy, without the threat of violence and intimidation from hard-line religious leaders. Yet the Obama administration has spent the last four months foolishly trying to placate the mullahs and open up a dialog with their puppet president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Brett Stephens recently noted in the Wall Street Journal, “Rarely in U.S. history has a foreign policy course been as thoroughly repudiated by events.”
Ronald Reagan sparked hope in the oppressed masses behind the Iron Curtain when he directly referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Likewise, American foreign policy ought to be centered around ensuring that George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” reference will be remembered as a major step toward the emergence of a truly free and democratic Iran.
And please keep praying for North Korea.
RedState is reporting:
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have introduced a resolution that goes where the President fears to tread: explicit support for the Iranian dissidents. Said Congressman Pence:
“This is an important moment for the Congress, our country and the people of Iran. For days hundreds of thousands of dissidents have taken to the streets of Iran in support of freedom and democracy. The American cause is freedom and in that cause the American people will not be silent. I am honored to join Chairman Berman in offering this important resolution. The joint resolution I and Chairman Berman introduced will give voice to countless Americans who stand with the Iranian dissidents as they stand up for freedom. I urge Members on both side of the aisle to support this important resolution and I hope for its immediate consideration.”
So far, support for the dissidents in Iran from America has been largely from inviduals, bloggers, twitterers, and pundits. Congressman Pence’s resolution will be the strongest official response to date.
And this morning, Iran’s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a nearly two hour long address, declaring the election of Ahmadinejad legitimate, calling for an end to protests, and warning that opposition leaders would be held responsible for any subsequent violence. He also accused the US of “meddling” in Iran. Figures.
Be sure to check out Shawn’s related post immediately preceding this one.