The longer the protests and demonstrations against President Ahmadinejad’s electoral “victory” go on in Iran the more the true face of the regime is revealed to the world. It is a very ugly picture indeed and the more we see the uglier it gets.
The crackdown, violence and suppression perpetrated by Khamenei, the Guardian Council, Ahmadinejad and the rest shows them for exactly what they are: brutal, uncompromising, ruthless, hateful, dishonest religious fanatics willing to go to any lengths to keep themselves in power and force their country and the rest of the world to live according to their dictates.
There can no longer be any doubt about this and no underestimating their danger to the West, especially the United States and Israel. Trying to placate them in the hope they will change their behaviour is not possible because their views are so rigid and atavistic. Instead, we must take the blinders off and do everything we can to encourage and support progressive reform movements in Iran, be forthright in our condemnation of the regime and it’s practices and prevent it at all costs from acquiring nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them.
I hope you’re listening President Obama. The Iranian people and our own best interests need you to act, not just mouth meaningless platitudes which only exacerbate the situation.