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The Repugnicans may go to Iran and join the struggle for freedom there

A screen grab taken from a video posted on YouTube, allegedly ...

A screen grab taken on June 21 from a video posted on YouTube ...

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These are YouTube video grabs of a young Iranian woman reportedly named Neda, who reportedly was shot to death in the chest during a protest in Tehran on Saturday. Hopefully the Repugnicans and other warhawks won’t try to use such tragedies as Neda’s death as an excuse to push the United States, which already teeters on the brink of Repugnican-induced collapse, into yet another war in the Middle East for the benefit of the war profiteers, such as Dick Cheney’s Halliburton. 

Iran is a bloody mess, to be sure.

At least 17 Iranians reportedly have been killed while protesting against Iran’s old guard in the aftermath of the nation’s June 12 presidential election, which the protesters claim the old guard rigged in order to keep hardliner President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power.

The Repugnicans — yes, the same bunch of traitors who mired us in the illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War — unsurprisingly are clamoring that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough about the current turmoil in Iran.  

The images coming out of Tehran indeed are heartbreaking, such as the images of the apparent shooting death of a young Iranian woman, who, it appears, has become sort of a martyr even though it’s not clear who shot her, whether she was shot by a member of the Iranian old guard or whether she even was killed by friendly fire.

It would be wonderful to see the Iranians free.

It also would be wonderful to see the Tibetans and the Chinese free from Chinese totalitarianism, too, but why aren’t the Repugnicans and the other warhawks clamoring for us to free Tibet and China? And Saudi Arabia from its oppressive monarchy, while we’re at it?

There are many nations around the world that aren’t free (don’t make me Google that fact), and the United States of America cannot free them all.

“Team America: World Police” is just a movie.

Fact is, during the eight long nightmarish years of rule by the unelected Bush regime, the Repugnicans put the United States of America into its weakest state at least during my four decades on the planet.

The United States, rotting from within like the ancient Roman Empire did, still teeters on collapse, but the Repugnican traitors (that’s redundant) apparently want us to put even more resources that we don’t have into yet another fucking war in the Middle East.

The Repugnicans need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up. They lost the election of November 2008 and they need to start acting like the losers that they are.

The United States of America still needs to recover from the grave wounds that the unelected, lawless Bush regime inflicted upon it. As tragic as the theocratic, totalitarian oppression of the Iranian people is, now is not the time for the United States, which is on life support, to go meddling in the Middle East even more.

If the Repugnicans feel so strongly about launching Operation Iranian Liberation (that’s OIL for short), I invite them to take the next boat or plane to Iran and join in the struggle for freedom there.

But not a single member of our military goes to Iran to die for the Repugnicans’ business interests in Iran, as more than 4,300 of them already have in Vietraq, and not one American taxpayer’s penny goes to OIL, serving only to make the treasonous plutocrats of the Repugnican Party even more filthy rich at the expense of the Iranian people and at the expense of the good of the United States of America.

P.S. This Los Angeles Times piece identifies Neda as 26-year-old Iranian Neda Agha Soltan.

The more you read about Neda, the more tragic her death strikes you, but I think it’s important that we not allow our emotions to overrule sound judgment where foreign relations are concerned.

Many apparently well-meaning individuals, such as Peter Daou on the Huffington Post, are being critical of the Obama administration for supposedly not doing enough about what’s going on in Iran, but these critics, like Daou, aren’t offering up any actual workable solutions, just criticism.

Iran is a mess right now, but there is not much that the United States can do about it.

Maybe, had the unelected Bush regime not incredibly retardedly named Iran as among the “Axis of Evil” in 2002, the United States could do more right now than it can…

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Democracy begins at home

So the debate continues on whether or not Iran’s presidential election on Friday was rigged.

My guess is that it was — since Iran is a theocracy and the theocrat in chief wanted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to remain as Iran’s president — but by how much, who knows?

I consider the source when I see news accounts of the likes of hawkish Repugnican John “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” McCainosaurus and hawkish former Bush regime ambassador John “I Am the Walrus” Bolton claiming that of course Iran’s election was stolen. They want Iran wiped off of the map as much as Iranian hardliners want Israel wiped off of the map, so I discount their rantings and ravings.

I found one Politico article titled “Ahmadinejad Won; Get Over It” to be interesting. The authors make a rather compelling argument that Ahmadinejad has much more popular support within Iran that is commonly discussed in the Western media.

My stance, from all of the viewpoints and all of the news stories that I’ve read, is that no one really knows what happened in Iran. Thankfully, the Obama administration, although pressured by the Israel-first lobby and the warhawks and the war profiteers to declare Iran’s election invalid, has taken a fairly balanced approach thus far, declaring that the election results look fishy but that right now all that we Americans can say about the election is that we just don’t know.

But what I find most interesting and frustrating about the discussion of the validity of Iran’s presidential election is that although there were serious concerns among democracy-lovers about presidential election irregularies in the pivotal state of Ohio in November 2004 — so much so that only for the second time in the nation’s history, a U.S. senator (Barbara Boxer) joined a U.S. representative in filing a Congressional objection to the certification of a state’s Electoral College votes — the debacle in Ohio in 2004 was swept under the red, white and blue rug.

And don’t even get me started on the obviously stolen U.S. presidential election of 2000. And if George W. Bush never was elected legitimately in the first place — and he never was — then there is no way that his “re-election” could have had any legitimacy, either.

Americans are all too eager to scream “election fraud!” at Iran — even though Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, comprised the hawkish, unelected Bush regime’s “Axis of Evil,” so it’s not like the U.S. government could be objective about Iran, which it already has declared its enemy — but Americans are not willing to ensure that their elections at home aren’t rigged.  

Democracy begins at home.

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Americans are in no position to lecture others on stolen presidential elections

Smoke billows from a burning bus as a supporter of Mir Hossein ...

A supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi hurls a stone at riot police ...

Supporters of Iran's moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein ...

Supporters of Iran's moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein ...

A supporter of Iran's moderate presidential candidate Mirhossein ...

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You won’t see this at home: An opponent of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes a “V” for “victory” sign with a burning bus as his backdrop in Tehran, and other anti-Ahmadinejad protesters hurl rocks at riot police in Tehran. There were no such demonstrations of love for true democracy in the United States of Amnesia after the Bush regime stole two presidential elections in a row and launched a bogus war that has cost thousands and thousands of lives and billions and billions of dollars. Yes, the American sheeple have been quite tamed, rendered quite harmless.

“Ahmadinejad Re-elected Under Cloud of Fraud,” the Salon.com article by Middle East expert Juan Cole is titled. While I wouldn’t expect a mention in the headline that George W. Bush was “re-elected” under a cloud of fraud in 2004, it would have been nice to have seen a mention somewhere in the article following the headline that the United States of Amnesia is in no position to lecture any other nation about stolen presidential elections.

Don’t get me wrong. If I had to put money on it one way or the other, I would put my money on Iran’s election having been stolen. I’m no expert on Iran, but my understanding of Iran — which Cole’s article, assuming that it is accurate, reinforces — is that it is a theocratically totalitarian nation, which makes “democracy” there just a show.

But the United States of America long has been a corporatocracy/plutocracy, under which “democracy” often if not usually is just a show.

Just as the clerics in Iran really pull the strings, it’s those with the big bucks in the pay-to-play United States who really pull the strings. In both nations, it seems, elections are dog and pony shows meant to give the masses the illusion that the majority of the people actually are, as former “President” Bush might put it, the deciders.

Americans delude themselves over how much freedom and democracy they truly have. We have friendly fascism here in the United States. You aren’t physically forced or tortured or enslaved here; here you economically are forced/coerced and tortured and enslaved, so to speak. (And you are lulled to sleep by such things as endless mindless television, mountains of junk food and cigarettes and alcohol and pharmaceuticals meant to numb you and to enrich the corporations that manufacture them, and a perpetual parade of consumer goods that you don’t need but that you desperately want nonetheless.) But we American commoners are controlled just as effectively as are the masses in Iran; make no mistake about it.

Actually, the American sheeple apparently are better controlled by their plutocratic/corporatist overlords than the Iranians are controlled by their theocratic overlords, as evidenced by the fact that when the Bush regime stole a presidential election not once, but twice, nary a single brick or large rock was thrown through a single store-front window, to my knowledge. In Iran, however, the people have been rioting for two days now over Iran’s apparently stolen presidential election.

Reports The Associated Press today:

TEHRAN, Iran – Protesters set fires and smashed store windows [today] in a second day of violence as groups challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election tried to keep pressure on authorities. Anti-riot police lashed back and the regime blocked Internet sites used to rally the pro-reform campaign.

Ahmadinejad dismissed the unrest — the worst in a decade in Tehran — as “not important.” He said Friday’s vote was “real and free” and insisted the results showing his landslide victory were fair and legitimate. Along Tehran’s Vali Asr street — where activists supporting rival candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi held a huge pre-election rally last week — tens of thousands marched in support of Ahmadinejad, waving Iranian flags and shouting his name.

Mousavi released his first statement since two days of violent protests began, calling on authorities to cancel the election. He said that is the only way to restore public trust. Mousavi, who has accused authorities of election fraud, urged his supporters to continue their “civil and lawful” opposition to the results and advised police to stop violence against protesters. He has claimed he was the true winner of the election.

The violence spilling from the disputed results has pushed Iran’s Islamic establishment to respond with sweeping measures that include deploying anti-riot squads around the capital and cutting mobile phone messaging and Internet sites used by the Mousavi’s campaign.

There’s little chance that the youth-driven movement could immediately threaten the pillars of power in Iran — the ruling clerics and the vast network of military and intelligence forces at their command — but it raises the possibility that a sustained and growing backlash could complicate Iran’s policies at a pivotal time….

So far, Mousavi has issued mixed signals through his website before it was shut down. He urged for calm but also said he is the legitimate winner of Friday’s election and called on supporters to reject a government of “lies and dictatorship.” He has not been seen in public since a news conference shortly after polls closed.

In a second day of clashes, scores of young people shouted “Death to the dictator!” and broke the windows of city buses on several streets in central Tehran. They have burned banks, trash bins and piles of tires used as flaming barricades to block police.

Riot police beat some of the protesters with batons while dozens of others holding shields and motorcycles stood guard nearby. Shops, government offices and businesses closed early as tension mounted.

In a news conference, Ahmadinejad called the level of violence “not important from my point of view” and likened it to the intensity after a soccer match….

About a mile away from Ahmadinejad’s news conference, young Iranians set trash bins, banks and tires on fire as riot police beat them back with batons….

[Yesterday] Mousavi, a 67-year-old former prime minister, released [an Internet] message saying he would not “surrender to this manipulation.” Authorities responded with targeted detentions, apparently designed to rattle the leadership of Mousavi’s “green” movement — the trademark color of his campaign….

Mousavi’s newspaper, Kalemeh Sabz, or the Green Word, did not appear on newsstands [today]. An editor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the paper never left the printing house because authorities were upset with Mousavi’s statements….

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, closed the door for possible compromise. He could have used his near-limitless powers to intervene in the election dispute. But, in a message on state TV on [yesterday], he urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad, calling the result a “divine assessment.”

Again, democracy in Iran apparently is just a show, when, in fact, the clerics pull all of the strings. In his Salon.com article, Cole notes, “With the backing of the clerical supreme leader, Ahmadinejad’s victory is unassailable in the theocratic Iranian system, where Shiite clerics hold ultimate power.”

Of course, “democracy” in Saudi Arabia is just a show, too, with the monarchy there pulling all of the strings, but for some oily reason the U.S. government accepts monarchy in Saudi Arabia but demands democracy for certain other Middle Eastern nations.

The rioting in Iran indicates to me that a good number of Iranians are passionate about true democracy, a passion that my fellow Americans lost long ago, as evidenced by the fact that today my fellow Americans are willing to accept such unacceptable things as stolen presidential elections and the launching of bogus wars for the war profiteers, with nary a tire burned or a store-front window smashed.

We Americans do participate from time to time in peaceful protests, such as the “Not My President Day” rally on Presidents’ Day in which I participated at the California State Capitol in early 2001, and the anti-war rally that I attended there shortly before the unelected Bush regime launched its bogus Vietraq War in March 2003, but the thing about peaceful demonstrations is that, being peaceful, the powers that be are able to simply ignore them. Which they do.

P.S. I have to note that I find this Associated Press news photo from today

Protestors shout slogans as about 250 demonstrators turned out ...

(caption here) to be pretty fucking poignant, because it was at the “Not My President Day” rally here in Sacramento in early 2001 that I held a homemade sign that read “George Dubious Bush is not MY president!” — and I see that a young Iranian woman in The Hague, Netherlands, displayed a very similar sign about Ahmadinejad during a protest there today…

To this day I consider George W. Bush’s presidency to have been illegitimate, and I never could write “President” Bush without the quotation marks, because to have done so would have been to give him the legitimacy that he never possessed.

Finally, I have to wonder if the “green revolution” in Iran has any connection to the international Green Party, if the green theme was intentional on the part of Mousavi and his supporters or if it is a coincidence… I’m a Green at heart.

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Rogue state Israel is making Ahmadinejad seem not so mad

Two interesting news items juxtapositioned today.

This one from The Associated Press:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip [today], engulfing the compound and a warehouse in fire and destroying thousands of pounds of food and humanitarian supplies intended for Palestinian refugees….

U.N. workers and Palestinian firefighters, some wearing bulletproof jackets, struggled to douse the flames and pull bags of food from the debris after the Israeli attack, which was another blow to efforts to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Dense smoke billowed from the compound.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is in the region to end the devastating offensive against Gaza’s Hamas rulers, demanded a “full explanation” and said the Israeli defense minister told him there had been a “grave mistake.”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who met with Ban later [today], said the military fired artillery shells at the U.N. compound after Hamas militants opened fire from the location. Three people were wounded.

“It is absolutely true that we were attacked from that place, but the consequences are very sad and we apologize for it,” he said. “I don’t think it should have happened and I’m very sorry.”

The U.N. Security Council requested a briefing on the attack….

Israel launched its war on Dec. 27 in an effort to stop militant rocket fire from Gaza that has terrorized hundreds of thousands of Israelis.

[Well, that is Israel’s stated reason, anyway. It appears to me that the actual reason is that the Israelis wanted to slaughter as many Palestinians as possible while they still have the cover and the blessing of the mass-murdering, unelected Bush regime.]

Some 1,100 Palestinians have been killed [since Dec. 27], roughly half of them civilians, according to U.N. and Palestinian medical officials. Gaza health official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said at least 70 people were killed or died of wounds throughout Gaza [today].

Thirteen Israelis also have been killed since the campaign began….

The U.N. compound struck [today] houses the U.N. Works and Relief Agency, which distributes food aid to hundreds of thousands of destitute Gazans in the tiny seaside territory of 1.4 million people….

John Ging, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, said the attack at the compound caused a “massive explosion” that wounded three people.

A senior Israeli military officer said troops opened fire after militants inside the compound shot anti-tank weapons and machine guns. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal army announcement later in the day.

Ging, who was in the compound at the time, dismissed the Israeli account as “nonsense.”

Israeli shells first hit the courtyard filled with refugees, then struck garages and the U.N.’s main warehouse, sending thousands of tons of food aid up in flames, Ging said. Later, fuel supplies went up in flames, sending a thick black plume of smoke into the air.

U.N. officials said the shells that hit the compound contained white phosphorus, which is believed to have been responsible for burns suffered by some Palestinian civilians during the war.

“It’s a total disaster for us,” Ging said, adding that the U.N. had warned the Israeli military that the compound was in peril from shelling that had begun overnight. U.N. officials say they have provided Israel with GPS coordinates of all U.N. installations in Gaza to prevent such attacks….

Of course, if an Arab or a Muslim claimed an “oopsie,” no one would fucking believe it, but when global bullies Israel or the United States claim an “oopsie,” we are to take their fucking word for it, since they’re so fucking morally superior to every other nation on the planet.

If any other nation attacked a U.N. headquarters, that nation would be branded by the United States and perhaps also its allies as a “rogue” nation, and perhaps the United States would call for “regime change” for that “rogue” nation. The hypocrisy is infuckingcredible.

This other news item from The Associated Press today:

…In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the fighting in Gaza has been “a great lesson for all,” saying it shows “the absolute defeat and desperation of [the Israeli] regime.”

He says that “even for the supporters of the occupying regime and its leaders, it has become clear that the continuation of the Zionist regime’s life in the region is not feasible.”

Israel says it launched the offensive Dec. 27 to stop rocket fire against southern Israeli towns by Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007….

As many death threats that I will receive from the Israel-firsters (kidding — I probably won’t actually receive any death threats), I have to say that I tend to agree with Ahmadinejad’s assertion that the existence of Israel isn’t working anymore (let’s face it: it never did; there has been only bloodshed since Israel was forced upon the Middle East after World War II).

However, there has been much more than enough blood spilled in the Middle East, so I am not calling for the slaughter of any Israelis.

It would be nice if they would just move somewhere else. (Ahmadinejad once recommended Germany for a relocated Jewish state, since it was the Germans, not the Palestinians, who perpetrated the Holocaust. Sounds fairly reasonable to me…) 

That way, there would be much less killing and we could keep those billions and billions of our tax dollars here at home in the United States, where they are desperately needed, instead of shipping them off to Israel, which only inflames the Middle East and causes such anti-American blowback as 9/11.

Not that I have a strong opinion on the matter or anything.

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