Saturday, June 20, 2009

A ratchet up

By Creature

President Obama in response to today's violence in Iran:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

Obama continues to leave himself breathing room. Something he'd be out of if the John McCain and the GOP had their way. After eight years of a shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy without even a passing thought, or care, about the consequences of that policy, this is good. This is what we voted for.

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