Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iranian Revolution (Day Eighteen)

Update (7/1/2009):Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Nineteen). End of Update:

Night chants of "Allah-o Akbar!" continue as it is the 'safest' form of protest (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/30/iran-uprising-live-bloggi_n_222970.html)

Ahmadinejad seemed to declare a victory by the state over the revolution saying; "Speaking before employees of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, Ahmadinejad said the election served as a referendum on taking the country in the direction he had set for it. That includes, he said, a foreign policy focused on "breaking the monopoly" of world powers.

"The enemies were not able to reach their objectives for the soft overthrow of the system," he said, according to the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency, or ILNA. "The enemy is pursuing the objective of undermining the nation's capabilities after the 85% turnout at the polls."
" (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran1-2009jul01,0,4811927.story).

Allahpundit sees Ahmadinejad's aforementioned comments as a not so veiled threat against the Western countries that supported/support the protesters (http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/30/ahmadinejad-kinda-sorta-vows-revenge-on-western-states-that-supported-protesters).

Ed Morrissey sees another not so veiled threat from Ahmadinejad against the protesters promising a violent crackdown on further unrest (http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/30/iranian-mullahs-well-assume-protests-will-be-violent-from-now-on).

"Iran Khodro car workers take action against regime" (http://raymankojast.blogspot.com/2009/06/ran-khodro-car-workers-take-action.html). A signs of the protest shifting from street marches to economic undermining?

A report says that Mousavi will not be allowed to run for president again (http://niacblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/iran-updates-june-30). No big shocker there. Also at that source is a link to people who believe that Israel is behind the revolution and a disturbing description of the treatment the protest prisoners are receiving. Full description at http://50mbuffalos.mono.net/11370/Evin%20Prison.

Most of the countries comprising the European Union are preparing to withdraw their diplomats over the Iranian detention of the British embassy workers; (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cbe7aa64-6598-11de-8e34-00144feabdc0.html) "Most of the European Union’s 27 member states will recall their ambassadors from Tehran as early as this weekend if the Iranian authorities refuse to free four local employees of the British embassy who were arrested last Saturday.

Amid continuing anger across Europe over the arrests of the employees – linked by Tehran to the opposition protests over the disputed outcome of the June 12 presidential election – senior EU diplomats said a co-ordinated diplomatic protest would take place “within days”.

Al Jazeera talk about "Obama's strategies failing in Iran" as well as commenting on the length of time it took for Obama to say anything (http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2009/06/200962953642450747.html [via http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/06/pigs-fly-aljazeera-slams-obama-for-his.html]).

Elizabeth Palmer thinks that Mousavi has/is blown/blowing the chance to force change in Iran (http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/30/world/worldwatch/entry5125321.shtml).

Assuming the protesters do not overthrow the government, Jennifer Rubin opines on what the next step for Obama could be regarding engagement with Iran (http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obamas-engagement-policy-with-iran-is-dead-whats-next).

Cyrus Farivar calls on Silicon Valley to "step up, help Iranians" (protesters that is) (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/30/ED4318FMT4.DTL).

Your ridicules political shot using (abusing) the Iranian protest comes from Max Blumenthal who compares the murder of Neda to the general 'plight of the Palestinians' (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/neda-in-palestine-sentenc_b_222854.html [via http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/despicable-huffington-post-equates-iran.html]). William Jacobson points out fairly succinctly "Neda Never Strapped On A Bomb" (http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2009/06/neda-never-strapped-on-bomb.html).

This is a few days old, but still worthy of a belated mention. Poet Simin Behbahani (aka "the lioness of Iran") tells the protesters "Don't give up the fight for freedom" and wrote a poem for Neda (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/06/poet_simin_behbahani_says_neda.html).

Past related posts:
Berman Post: Iranian Election Viewed as Rigged
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Protest (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Riots Continue
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Three)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Four)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Protest at Union Square (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Five)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Six)
Berman Post: Prayer Vigil For The Fallen Iranian Protesters (NYC)
Berman Post: Iranian Election Fraud Riots (Day Seven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Eight)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Nine)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Ten)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Eleven)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Twelve)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Thirteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Fourteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Fifteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Sixteen)
Berman Post: Iranian Revolution (Day Seventeen)

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