TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has arrested members of an exiled opposition group it accused of “terrorist activities” including setting buses on fire and destroying public property, state television said on Sunday.
The arrests of members of the Mujahideen Khalq Organisation (MKO) were announced after unrest across Tehran on Saturday as demonstrators protesting against the official results of Iran’s June 12 election clashed with riot police.
Police had deployed in force, firing teargas, using batons and water cannon to disperse groups of several hundred Iranians who had gathered across the capital on Saturday.
Sunday’s television report, which did not directly mention the election or the unrest, said the arrested MKO members entered Iran after receiving training in neighbouring Iraq. It said they were guided by the MKO’s ‘operation room’ in Britain.
‘Leaders of this group (MKO) had encouraged members to carry out terrorist activities such as setting buses and gas stations on fire and attacking Basijis (Islamic militiamen) and destroying public property,’ state television said.
It did not say how many people were arrested or when.”
“The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) a free pass when it dismissed a Judicial Watch complaint related to an ‘electioneering advertisement’ featuring the speaker during the 2008 election season. The advertisement was part of what is known as the ‘We Campaign’ funded by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.
According to Congressional Quarterly:
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dismissed a complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for appearing in an environment-related ad during the 2008 election season with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Georgia Republican.
In May 2008, the Judicial Watch organization sent a letter to the FEC arguing that Pelosi’s appearance in a TV commercial produced by Alliance for Climate Protection constituted a violation of campaign finance laws.
The letter sparked a FEC investigation to determine if the ad could be considered a form of electioneering, which would make the money paid by the nonprofit group a prohibited ‘soft money’ donation.
Of course this ad campaign was a form of electioneering!
During the advertisement, Nancy Pelosi identifies herself as a ‘lifelong Democrat’ and then goes on to advocate a political position – the need to curb global climate change. ‘We need cleaner forms of energy, and we need them fast,’ she states during the commercial. How is that different from any other campaign commercial? (You can read a transcript of the advertisement for yourself by clicking here.)
The FEC lamely argued that the focus of the ad message was on the policy issue rather than the speaker’s candidacy. Not only is this specious reasoning, it doesn’t even square with official FEC policy, which states: ‘When an individual or political committee pays for a communication that is coordinated with a candidate or party committee, the communication is considered an in-kind contribution to that candidate or party committee and is subject to the limits, prohibitions and reporting requirements of the federal campaign finance law.”
A week after fraudulent election results in Iran which took only 4 hours to call, protests, violence and death continue in the city of Tehran. In the meantime, visibly absent on the subject was one Barack Hussein Obama. Even as the violence against Iranians protesting a fraudulent election and desiring democracy noticeably escalated and after Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton urged Obama to take a stand, the president’s chief concern is jeopardizing tea with Iran’s dictator.
The House and Congress had to pass legislation forcing Obama to amp up his rhetoric before Obama, the President of the United States would call in his speechwriters for a lousy three paragraphs.
It can be said that Obama snoozed through the 3 a.m. call and then some.
“WASHINGTON – The Obama administration maintained a measured response Friday to the uprising in Iran over a disputed presidential election, but both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to condemn the government crackdown on demonstrations.
Administration officials said they remained convinced that the wiser U.S. course was caution over confrontation, although President Barack Obama is coming under growing domestic political pressure to speak out more forcefully.
The House, in the strongest message yet from the U.S. government, voted 405-1 to condemn Tehran’s crackdown on protest rallies and the government’s interference with Internet and cellphone communications. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was the only “no” vote.
The Senate followed suit later in the day.
The resolution expresses support for “all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and rule of law” and affirms “the importance of democratic and fair elections.”
It is unfortunate for the United States and the world that Barack Obama sees himself as a transient being, one who is above the rest of us and, therefore, cannot concern himself with the struggle in Tehran.
On a more personal note, I cannot help but wonder if Obama is uncomfortable taking a stand against his Muslim brethren. If that is the case, then as President, he’d damn well better get over it or we as a nation may very well find ourselves in quite a dilemma somewhere down the road.
Further, why would we expect Obama to be anything other than silent and MIA on matters of grave concern given that he spent his days in the senate MIA and based on the lack of records and documentation, his life.
And when called on the carpet and forced to rise to the occasion, Obama failed in being that his excuse for hiding in the dark is weak and flippant.
“U.S. officials say Obama is intent on calibrating his comments to the mood of the hour. They say he is seeking to avoid having the demonstrators accused of being American stooges and is trying to preserve the possibility of negotiating directly with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, links to terrorism, Afghanistan and other issues.”
The United States is blamed for everything that goes wrong within that region, therefore, Obama’s argument excuse is null and void. He must do better.
“Obama signaled earlier this year that he recognized the current ruling structure of Iran and hoped to seek a dialogue with officials close to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Friday, Khamenei warned against further demonstrations against the election results.”
Then maybe that’s it, the people of Iran by taking a stand may have very well thrown a wrench into Obama’s plans. In that case, I would recommend that the self-anointed one, the control freak that he is deal with it and adjust accordingly. Oh yes, and keep in mind, the world is watching and looks to the United States to lead.
“Still, in a sign of possible Democratic nervousness that the president may be missing a historic moment, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) issued a statement yesterday saying that ‘the international community should condemn the use of harsh tactics against Iranians who are attempting to peacefully express their political beliefs. The outcome of the elections in Iran must reflect the will of the Iranian people.”
The bottom line is that since Obama is so good at rhetoric and force feeding the bull, why is he all of a sudden so bad at it? The least he could do is amp it up a bit letting the people in Iran know that we are with them.