Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Iran Warns Against Rally in Support of Egypt Protests

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday credited the [1979] Iranian Revolution with creating an "Islamic awakening" which, he says, facilitated the current uprising in Egypt. The Supreme Leader also offered words of encouragement to the Egyptian protesters.

HOWEVER, just because it's good for the goose doesn't necessarily mean it's good for the gander:
Iran issued a warning today, as opposition groups planned a Monday rally supporting protesters in Egypt. The state prosecutor said, the people of Iran are vigilant, and if necessary, they will respond.

Instead, he said people should attend an officially sanctioned rally this Friday. Iranian authorities crushed mass protests that erupted in 2009.
President Obama refused to back the Iranian protesters in 2009 because he said he did not want to meddle in Iran's internal affairs. The Egyptian protests, however, are a different story - as far as Obama is concerned - because Egypt's government is a secular regime which does not adhere to the basic tenets of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates. And while Syria may be a secular regime, it, nevertheless, adheres to many of the Muslim Brotherhood's tenets. Hence, Obama eagerly appointed a new U.S. ambassador to Syria, the first U.S. ambassador to Syria since the Bush administration withdrew its ambassador in February 2005, in response to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri.

The President's cozy relationship with Bashar Assad ultimately strengthened Syria's hand in Lebanon, which, in turn, helped facilitate the collapse of the Hariri-led Government, which consequently set the stage for a new Hezbollah-backed President.

Obama apparently believes that by strengthening the Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah regimes and dismantling the Mubarak government, a new sense of harmony will spread throughout the Middle East and beyond. The war on terror, in turn, will be a thing of the past, because in Obama's new world order, a war on terror will no longer be a viable option. And, as a result of Obama's unique foresight and his judicious foreign policy, the American people will, at long last, be able to drop the phrase "war on terror" from their lexicon as the Obama administration had done in 2009. The words "capitulation", and "surrender", no doubt, will supplant the antiquated and obsolete phrase, "war on terror."

Ah yes, how refreshing indeed. After countless years of convoluted foreign policies crafted by inept U.S. presidents, we finally have a President who understands the ways of the world.

Thank heaven for "Change."

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