Jun 20, 2009

ATTENTION IRANIAN DICTATORSHIP: We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. Stop all violent action NOW!

The FACE of DESPERATION! Running out of CONTROL?

¨The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.¨ President Barack Obama, read it all, Stop The Violence, click HERE

UPDATED: Unknown and Maybe Unknowable

Estimates of the number of deaths Saturday in the violence in Iran range from 10 (Iranian state media) to 19 (CNN) to much higher (maybe 150). None of the numbers has been independently confirmed.¨ read it all by David Kurtz, click HERE


¨Today, Mir Hossein Mousavi, the presidential candidate who has come to represent the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people, issued a formal statement.

Although he denounces the "lies and fraud" of the leadership, particularly in the recent election, he views the fraudulent election as only as the symptom of something far more serious. He describes a revolution gone wrong, a revolution that was originally based on attention to the voice of the people but has resulted in "forcing an unwanted government on the nation." Read it all, ¨Mousavi's New Revolutionary Manifesto¨ by Gary Sick, click HERE

¨Mir Hossein Mousavi, the presidential candidate who has come to represent the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people¨


·Thanks to The Courageous Iranian Innocents
·Thanks to Albawaba.com
·Thanks to President Barack Obama
·Thanks to Flickr Photosharing
·Thanks to Gary Sick
·Thanks to David Kurtz
·Thanks to Daily Kos, at the right side bar
·Thanks to The Daily Beast, at the right side bar
·Thanks to Talking Points Memo, at the right side bar


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Amen, dear Brother!

Vigilante said...

President Obama is spot-on. We elected him more for real results than blood-red rhetoric.

Ahmadinejad is the main and immediate issue. His early departure would be just the first step in untying the knot in the Middle East. We must understand that Iranians want his ouster for reasons different than ours. (I am not especially hopeful.) With him gone, nuclear energy in Iran assumes a different profile.

The optimal official American position is on the sidelines. Our new president has started the rebuilding of United States' moral and political leadership after its demise during the Busheney years. But we have not yet restored that credibility. President Obama is a mature student of statesmanship who understands that his grasp should not exceed the reach of American foreign policy.

But as Americans, we do not and should not remain on the sidelines. We need to demonstrate our active vigil and witness, together with the rest of the world, on a people to people basis. The technology of the "social network" permits and encourages that now, more than ever before.

Lynn said...

Oh, Leonardo, look at that beautiful girl's face. Forever young, rest in peace.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

I know Lynn. I had to use it. Even though it is a ghastly and bloodied picture...it´s a photograph of great beauty, a young lady with clear and clean intentions and love and appreciation for life and justice...a life that a religious fanatic determined was upsetting his idea of correct ¨being¨...she scared him, he ought be scared, especially now.