By Marinka Peschmann, Special to Canada Free Press Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Typically when a U.S. Secretary of State makes an explosive, unsubstantiated statement regarding Iran, a country at war with the U.S. for 30 years, whose Regime is beating, raping, imprisoning and murdering its own people, has the blood of American heroes on their hands and a nuclear enrichment program that stands as the premier threat to the world, it would garner worldwide news and that person would possibly be held to account.
Not so with President Barack Obamaâ€™s Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton even though her statement directly contradicted his Iran position. Instead Clinton is at the United Nations General Assembly with the President and so is Iranâ€™s President Mahmoud Ahmandinejad.
The accusation questioning Americaâ€™s top diplomatâ€™s credibility comes from Iranian protestors, many of whom have risked their lives to live free from Iranâ€™s oppressive, murderous theocracy. The protestors disputed Clintonâ€™s public contention that the United States had been helping them â€œbehind the scenesâ€ to rise up against the Regimeâ€™s barbaric crackdown after they peacefully protested the fraudulent June 12 re-election of President Ahmandinejad. The election results were endorsed by Iranâ€™s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who holds ultimate authority in Iran.
â€œWe did not want to get between the legitimate protests and demonstrations of the Iranian people and the leadershipâ€¦â€ Clinton said in an interview with CNN broadcast during her seven nation tour in Africa last month. â€œNow, behind the scenes, we were doing a lot,â€ Clinton continued. â€œWe were doing a lot to really empower the protesters without getting in the way. And weâ€™re continuing to speak out and support the opposition.â€ Watch interview. Immediately afterward furious tweets coming from Iran dismissed Clintonâ€™s assertion as false. Following is a sample:
â€¢This Velvet Revolution is MADE IN IRAN. Donâ€™t try and take any credit Hilary [sic] â€¢wld those of U who R US voters do Iran a big favour? Write 2 Obama & tell him 2 stp Hilary talking abt Iran evr again [sic] â€¢Let me assure 1 & all that thr R no US/CIA ppl backing me or any of my trusted sources who R organising protests [sic] And then the criticism rolled in.
â€¢@rosemaryCNN Great anger over Hilary remarks that US helped protests. â€¢Twisted to use as evidence against those on trial. she risked lives See more here.
Secretary Clintonâ€™s remarks are antithetical to President Obamaâ€™s noâ€“meddling-in-Iran position.
So the obvious question that needs be asked and answered is who is telling the truth? Is it President Obama or Secretary Clinton? Because inquires to the White House and State Department have thus far gone unanswered letâ€™s review the events to possibly see who is truth challenged. Recall from the earliest days after the rigged June 12 election when the Iranian people gathered in peaceful demonstrations, wearing green arm bands, carrying signs, many in English that read: â€œWhereâ€™s my vote?â€ â€œWe want freedom,â€ â€œAhmadinejad is Not Our President, â€œWe are not sheep,â€ â€œStop Killing,â€ and in French, â€œLiberte Pour Lâ€™Iran.â€
The Iranian people reached out to the world using the social network Twitter as their only means to communicate to the outside world. They tweeted allegations of the Regimeâ€™s brutal crackdown, which were later confirmed by graphic videos of abhorrent violence. Yet in the face of the Regimeâ€™s violence and oppression, the courageous Iranian people continued to oppose them armed with nothing more than their voices, signs, rocks and bricks, and for weeks after the election they were savagely attacked, clubbed, beaten, arrested and even executed, by axe-knife-baton-gun wielding Basij militia, the volunteer paramilitary force loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei along with other Regime thugs.
Remember the protesters cries for help? Below is a sample of some of them via tweets and videos taken from last summer.
â€¢Dear UN & NGOs, why is Iran allowed to butcher civilians without even a word from you? â€¢The situation in Iran is now CRITICAL - the nation is heartbroken - suppression is imminent â€¢PEOPLE OF THE WORLD: We need help and sourvernity, today it turned out we need it more than ever [sic]. â€¢do you even recognize something called the rights of humans? who is still killing ppl in afghanistan? who turned iraq into what it is [sic]? â€¢so predictable of our supreme leader! he talked about US conspiracy (as usual) â€¢He is pointing 2 @BarackObama . â€¢Khameini says Zionist-owned Western media to blame too â€¢RT (retweet) @FROM IRAN: Itâ€™s Happening again Itâ€™s Happening again Itâ€™s Happening again! Obama Help Us! Obama Help Us!!!! â€¢Hell on Earth RIGHT NOW ~Where are our world leaders ? Brave Iranians are spillinâ€™ their blood for freedom: HELP SHINE A LIGHT [sic]
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Recall how the Obama Administrationâ€™s response was to do nothing. Then as the irrefutable proof of the Regimeâ€™s violent, bloody crackdown continued to pour out on videos, President Obama eventually used strangely mild language to say that he was â€œtroubled,â€ â€œappalled and outragedâ€ by the crackdown. Instead of actively supporting the Iranian people standing up to a Regime who happens to be the largest State sponsor of terror, the leader of the free world assured the Regime that the United States would not â€œmeddleâ€ in Iranian affairs.
The very fact that Iranâ€™s President Ahmandinejad is scheduled to speak today in New York at the United Nations, does not bode well for Secretary Clintonâ€™s assertion that the US was helping the Iranian people â€œbehind the scenes.â€ Her statement is simply astonishing. Did Secretary Clinton boast fake foreign policy credentials againâ€”this time at the expense of the Iranian people as she did during her failed Presidential bid when she erroneously claimed to have dodged sniper fire in Bosnia or is President Obama not telling the truth? As Iran draws closer to becoming nuclear, Americaâ€™s warriors who fight Iranâ€™s terrorist activities in Iraq and Afghanistan and the peace-loving people of Iran deserve to know the truth. Indeed, Clinton is right about one thing, Iranâ€™s nuclear program is â€œon everyoneâ€™s mind.â€