So the Republicans want to meddle…
Today, Tehran Bureau printed quotes from Tehran residents who stated their opposition to Republican/neo con calls to interfere in the domestic situation in Iran.
A voice from central Tehran earlier this morning (Sunday 21 June):
If Obama moves to support the demonstration in strong terms, this camp will lose and Ahmadinejad will gain ground; also it is not good to make an American domestic issue from an Iranian domestic issue. Yesterday was brutal, but not as brutal we still do not know how many were killed, but from the set up of the riot police it is apparent that they want to keep people off street with the least casualty possible. This is not a praise, it is to say that government does not want to escalate things.
If there is no demonstration today it does not mean it is over. This is just the beginning. The focus is on having an election.
You must see the people, this is a people united, all groups and sections are out there, war veterans, old revolutionaries, housewives. The first girl I saw beaten yesterday was wearing a chador, this is not a western thing here, this is a domestic issue in which Iranian people have the right to demand a new election.
From an academic listserv (Sunday 21 June):
“Message from an ordinary Tehrani”
Dear friend, if you have any contacts within the American Administration, please send them this message on behalf of us, ordinary Iranians in Iran (whose interests and concerns are very different from those of the exiled Iranians in the United States and in Europe who do not yet understand the mentality here and who have been cut off from the Iranian society for too long). Tell your contacts in the Administration that their point of view regarding Iran is by far the best position that an American Government has ever taken. We appreciate this and thank the President.
During the last two or three decades not one American president had “understood” Iran. All of them got caught in the traps of the mollahs, despite themselves having to play the bad cop .. but this time the intelligent president has decided not to join in their game, bravo.
It is normal that he is criticized vividly by most of the Los Angeles Iranians (and by most Republicans): since a long time they have been asking for just one thing : that America attack Iran and change the regime so that they get their possessions and their former jobs and privileges back, without wanting to know what today’s young Iranian wants here and now. It makes me think of the Cubans in Florida … they don’t consider the interests of their country but only what is due to them.”
It’s awfully strange that the Republicans and neo cons think it perfectly acceptable to meddle in the internal affairs of another country (around politics and elections), but remember what they all said when Europe and Japan said they hoped Obama was elected? Didn’t they say the election of a US president was wholly a domestic affair and that other countries should stay quiet and not interfere? Do I smell hypocrisy here?
At this time what the Iranians really want is not interference, but for the world to know what is going on and to say to the government of Iran that they have stolen the election and violated their own Constitution.