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Obama’s low profile approach to Iran’s human rights violations is shameful

by Karmel Melamed

February 22, 2010 | 8:49 am

Readers of this blog have e-mailed me over the last few weeks asking why I have not commented on the current situation in Iran and on the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The answer has been simple, nothing has changed since this past summer’s outbreak of violence the Iran regime has unleashed on average citizens in Iran seeking greater democracy. Iran’s brutal totalitarian regime has imprisoned, beaten and killed hundreds of individuals living in the country who are seeking freedom and protesting non-violently in the streets. Yet I, like many Iranian Americans living in the U.S. see a larger untold story in the White House and Congress during these past few weeks.

What shocks many of us in the Iranian American community is the lack of supportive rhetoric and activity from President Obama and his administration for those innocent protesters in the streets of Tehran who are demanding democracy and better lives for themselves. Moreover, why haven’t more members of Congress more actively voiced any anger or outrage at the clear human rights violations committed by the fundamentalist Islamic mullahs ruling Iran? It seems as if Obama and certain policymakers in Washington D.C. prefer not to “upset” the Ayatollahs ruling Iran by speaking out against the regime’s human rights violations. It seems they’ve chosen to stay quiet about the issue in hopes of negotiating some “deal” regarding Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. Well Mr. President and Members of Congress, the sad reality is that you will NEVER get any sort of peaceful negotiated deal on the “nuclear issue” with the regime ruling Iran period! Those powers in Iran’s government have a sick and twisted religious quest to terrorize the world and those whom don’t follow their radical Shiite Islamic views by acquiring nuclear weapons. So anyone who believes that negotiating with the regime in Iran is a viable option, then he or she is living in a dream world!

What is even more disturbing is the fact that the Obama Administration and our elected officials lack the moral courage to stand up for human rights in Iran. Instead of embracing and helping those who have flooded the streets in Iran demonstrating for greater freedom, the current American administration has said and done very little. Last week U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made those most ridiculous statement when saying; “Iran is becoming a military dictatorship”. Excuse me? But anyone in their right mind who has been following the notoriously brutal violence perpetrated by Iran’s current Islamic leaders against the people of Iran, knows that Iran has been a military dictatorship since 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini first took power! The silence of the current administration speaks volumes to those in Iran who want freedom and those seeking to crush the voices of freedom in that country. One is left wondering what would have happened more than 20 years ago in a very similar situation if then U.S. President Ronald Reagan, or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, or Pope John Paul II would have stayed silent and not voiced support for those protestors seeking greater freedoms in Communist controlled Eastern Europe?

Yes the anniversary of Iran’s radical 1979 Islamic revolution this year is a painful reminder to many Iranian Americans of how our lives were turned upset down and dreams shattered. But what is even more painful for the majority of us is that many of our elected officials in our new homeland of America, have said and done very little to help individuals in our former homeland who want to live free lives.

My piece found here two years ago shed light on how the 1979 revolution has impacted Iran’s Jews who fled that country.

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Karmel Melamed is an internationally-published freelance journalist based in Southern California.

Since 2000, Melamed has specialized in covering the growing influential...

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