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Is Obama Arming Iran for a Secret Reason?

obama-iran1 Originally posted at American Thinker

When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 the general consensus was that the new president was brilliant — with nothing but hearsay to back up the claim. The Obama myth was that America’s 44th president was the “smartest man in the room,” a brainiac too “intelligent for Republicans to understand.”

Then, as weeks turned into months and months into almost two terms, Obama’s questionable decisions, obvious lack of economic prowess, faux healthcare expertise, and total lack of foreign policy and national security know-how called into question whether the Obama-is-a-genius assertion might have been a bit hasty.

Nothing the president has done or continues to do seems to make much sense. If anything, the only consistent success Barack Obama has had is managing to make worse everything he’s attempted to fix.

But then again, according to his apologists, for people of average brainpower the president’s blueprint for remedying unemployment, calming turmoil in the Middle East, and soothing racial unrest may just be too conceptually complex for mere mortals to grasp.

For instance, this Earth Day, in an effort to instruct Americans on the deteriorating condition of the environment, Obama’s superior intellect convinced him it was wise to burn 9,000 gallons of jet fuel flying aboard Air Force One to the 1.5 million-acre Everglades National Park in Florida to talk about climate change.

The president spoke directly to a crowd that included community leaders, Park Service employees, and tree-hugging sycophants, all of whom had gathered to hear what world citizen Barack Obama had to say about the future of the planet.

Thankfully, with swampland as his backdrop, the president did successfully avoid being eaten alive by high-jumping alligators looking for high-powered delicacies for lunch.

Meanwhile, sounding as if he were referring to his magical self and not the Everglades, Obama said, “You can see what makes this unique landscape so magical.”

“Climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it,” said the treasured one, “and if we don’t act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it.”

The “as we know it” warning was a bit odd coming from a guy who is single-handedly destabilizing the world’s precarious nuclear balance. Obama, who is all but placing a nuclear bomb into the hands of a terrorist state, probably should be less concerned about the Everglades and more concerned about the disappearance of Israel “as we know it.”

But he’s not.

Instead he’s focusing on the pressing issue of climate change and global warming. And while the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is terrifying to some, based on his previously established level of intellectual acumen, there may actually be a method to what appears to be another example of Obama’s madness.

Surely the president is well aware that U.S. government computer models predict that even a small nuclear war anywhere on the planet could trigger “unprecedented” global cooling. With global warming the culprit, cooling, however it’s accomplished, would provide a quick fix for the guy in need of a boost in the polls.

Sure, a small-scale nuclear war would cause global cooling, further reduction of the ozone layer, and harmful ultraviolet radiation. That, in turn, would usher in death, disease, and drought due to things like lack of rainfall.

But ultimately mass starvation and plague could deliver positive results, particularly for the growing problem of overpopulation. Then, in due time, as millions die off, the president’s credibility would be greatly improved among organizations concerned with controlling world population, like the U.N., and his legacy as a transformative leader would be secured.

If Iran lobbed a nuke at Israel, smoky, dusty, ashy high-carbon clouds would block the warmth of the sun. That, coupled with radioactive fallout, would usher in a “nuclear winter” capable of instantly stopping the destructive heating trend Obama so passionately believes is wreaking havoc in places like the Florida Everglades.

But most importantly, thanks to superb forethought and unprecedented planning, global warming would cease, and global cooling would commence.

Either way, for many — including the entire nation of Israel — the perplexing question for a long time has been: why is a U.S. president helping the Iranians acquire an atomic bomb? The thought of it didn’t seem to make much sense.

But now, the idea of a small-scale nuclear war being environmentally friendly could actually be a stroke of genius.

On Earth Day, at the edge of the swamplands, the motivation behind the former president of the Harvard Law Review negotiating with the Ayatollah may be falling into place. Could it be that Barack Obama’s long-term goal is to help Iran acquire the nukes necessary to finally put an end to global warming?

If it is, at least for him, it could be a win/win!

By shifting America’s attention from Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb to helping Americans accept the much loftier goal of a small nuclear blast to remedy global warming, Barack Obama can cure the climate crisis and officially reclaim his reputation as America’s brainiest president.


 

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Obama’s election minions descend on Israel

obama-netanyahuOriginally posted at American Thinker

Barack Obama doesn’t appreciate anyone treating him like he treats everyone else.  That’s why the president will not be meeting with Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu when, in response to an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner, he comes to the U.S. to address a joint session of Congress on the threat a nuclear Iran poses to Israel and the world.

Petulant child Barack Obama doesn’t take perceived insult well.  His response is usually spiteful, and disproportionately so.  The president embodies what Robert Kennedy meant when he said, “Don’t get mad; get even.”

On more than one occasion Barack Obama has reminded his political adversaries that he won.  The president has publicly rebuked congressmen, dressed down Supreme Court justices at a State of the Union address, and scolded reporters, political adversaries, and anyone else he perceives as critical of his one-sided, left-leaning progressive vision.

On occasion, in the process of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” Obama has been known to throw temper tantrums, stomp out of meetings, mock Republicans, and issue threats.

And the ingenious Barack Obama has also been known to display his vindictiveness in more creative ways.

Take for instance sending non-verbal messages of approval or disapproval with his selective attendance at funerals.  If a conservative ally or war hero passes away or a black thug or a border-crossing illegal murders a law enforcement officer, their deaths are ignored.  On the other hand, liberal celebrities, civil rights activists, Saudi dictators, communist South African presidents, and any other individuals whose deaths further his liberal agenda are all recognized with effusive condolences.

But skipping funerals and bubble-wrapping and sending back to Britain Winston Churchill’s bust pale in comparison to Obama’s vile approach toward Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu.

Caught on an open mic talking with Nicolas Sarkozy, Obama responded to the former French president, who said he could not stand Netanyahu and called him a liar, by saying, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”

The year prior, Obama had presented Mr. Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed to mend fences with Palestine, one of which was for all construction in East Jerusalem be halted.  When Bibi balked, the president stood up, announced, “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls,” and stormed out of the room, leaving the Israeli prime minister sitting alone for over an hour.

In 2011, Scott Wilson of the Washington Post described the relationship between Bibi and Barack perfectly when he wrote that “Obama and Netanyahu are allies only by tradition, and their relationship lacks personal warmth and is tested often by their differing political views.”

In other words, the relationship is cold, confrontational, and at times openly hostile.

Netanyahu is offended by Obama’s wanting to negotiate with a nation whose former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said, “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury,” and whose Ministry of Defense stated that “[t]he day will come when the Islamic people in the region will destroy Israel and save the world from this Zionist base.”

That’s why, when invited by John Boehner to address a problem Barack Obama refuses to deal with, for the safety and well-being of both America and Israel, Netanyahu graciously accepted the invitation to deliver a message to a Congress craving a dose of reality.

Evidently, Obama is furious that Boehner invited Netanyahu.  A White House spokesperson speaking on Mr. Obama’s behalf said that Bibi accepting the invitation is equivalent to spitting in the president’s face.

If I may, saying Prime Minister Netanyahu “spat in our face publicly,” referring of course to President Obama’s face, is a dramatic word picture.

When the anonymous spokesperson stressed that “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” it was exactly the kind of nasty Chicago-style threat Barack the community organizer is now known for.

Then, just a few days after the “price to pay” warning, Obama refused to meet with the Israeli leader.  Citing “the proximity to the Israeli election,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said:

As a matter of long-standing practice and principle…[and]…to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country… we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections.

And while that seems like a noble practice, we now come to find out that the “price to pay” may involve the Obama administration doing the exact opposite of “long-standing practice and principle.”  In fact, from the looks of things, Barack Obama may be very interested in “influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”

According to Israeli media outlet Haaretz, the “Anyone but Bibi” V-2015 campaign is being assisted by Harvard-educated Jeremy Bird, Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns’ Organizing for Action deputy national field director.  The V-2015 plan is to defeat Bibi by engaging in an Israeli ground operation similar to the one that helped secure Obama a two-term U.S. presidency.

Flush with American money, Bird and a team of Obama community organizers are working with “One Voice International,” a U.S. State Department-funded grassroots movement whose goal is to “amplif[y] the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.”

Coincidentally, the former COO of Soros Fund Management, Gary Gladstein, sits on the “One Voice” Honorary Board of Advisors.

That’s why Barack Obama is undoubtedly anxious to see his nemesis, for repeatedly defying the president’s demands, and for treating the PLO and the soon-to-be-nuclear Iran like nothing more than common terrorists, crushed by a two-state-friendly opponent.

Bottom line: once again, the malicious, spiteful Barack Obama, whose minions have successfully placed in office a leader who intrinsically despises the nation he leads – twice – may be attempting to get his own way by replacing a leader who loves Israel with a leader who does not.

CHRISTMAS SURPRISE! At Least Obama Thinks Kindly of Iran

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It’s confirmed: Barack Obama has zero clue what’s going on. After his praising Iran and saying in a White House interview that the Persians could be “successful” members of the international community, on Christmas morning the regime responded by hanging seven prisoners.

Nothing says “successful member of the international community” like dragging seven terrified hostages from the Abdelebad prison “at dawn on Christmas day” to the gallows to be hanged by a rope and then suspended in the air with the full weight of their condemned bodies causing strangulation and death.

Although it seems cruel to hang people on Christmas, the decision to do so may have been Iran’s way of saying thanks to an American president who seems unwavering in his desire to befriend a brutal regime guilty of horrendous human rights offenses. After all, it’s our vacationing president who told NPR that if the nation bound and determined to wipe Israel off the map agrees to give up portions of its nuclear weapons program, it has the potential to be a “very successful regional power.”

Barack Obama must know something the rest of the world doesn’t know.

That must be it, because logical people might surmise that when strictly Shi’ite Islamic terrorist rulers agree to relinquish something they’re hell bent on achieving, like ushering in the return of the 12th Imam through death and chaos, chances are that regardless of what they agree to with Barack Obama, their word isn’t something the world should hang its hat on (no pun intended).

The larger question here is: In what alternative universe does Obama dwell, anyway?

Doesn’t he know that Iran is notorious for lies, murder, terrorism, and human rights transgressions? Not to mention the fact that American pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned for two years where, merely for being Christian, he’s been chained to a bed, endured intense beatings, suffered internal bleeding, and has lost consciousness on more than one occasion.

Yet rather than negotiate for Saeed’s release the way he did with probable Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, Obama has left the husband and father of two languishing in an Iranian prison while making absurd statements about Iran having a “chance to get right with the world.”

And here’s how Iran gets it right: According to Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in the days leading up to Christmas Iran “secretly hanged” 10 prisoners who were being held in one of the regime’s most infamous and brutal prisons.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said that Iran – the same country Obama is hoping will get it right – is the most ruthless enemy of Christ and Mohammad:

In the name of religion they splash acid on the eyes of women, hang the youth, imprison the newly Christian converts, and violate their most rudimentary rights. They are henchmen that execute and torture people for their religious beliefs, especially for following the true message of Mohammad and Christ, and impose the worst discriminations and atrocities. They have set up a bloodthirsty religious tyranny that is the epicenter of fundamentalism and terrorism under the banner of Islam and the Godfather of all villains in the Middle East that today kill the innocent captives and hostages and force Christians and believers of other faiths to migrate and become homeless.

This is Iran, the nation Barack Obama anticipates will one day agree to curtail its evil machinations, participate in an international group hug, and become a “successful” member of the worldwide community?

And so, while the president was putzing around on the golf course on his annual 17-day, $4 million holiday vacation and Americans were celebrating the birth of Jesus by opening piles of useless merchandise, to affirm Obama’s faith in good vibes triumphing over evil actions, on Christmas morning seven prisoners were hung by their necks until dead by Hassan Rouhani’s regime.

Obama’s ‘Death to America’ Alliance with Iran

imagesOriginally posted at American Thinker

In response to the partisan bickering that exists between President Obama and his political adversaries over things like the budget, Obamacare, and immigration reform, the question raised by many observers is: Why would Obama be willing to negotiate with Iran, but not the GOP?

As it turns out, the answer to that question may have more to do with the president’s and Iran’s like-minded feelings toward America than Obama’s desire to exert his influence on behalf of global harmony.

After all, based on the damage inflicted in just five short years, it’s possible that Barack Hussein Obama is better suited to march alongside the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution than sit in the Oval Office.

The president’s willingness to participate in nuclear talks with a nation that has expressed genocidal contempt for Israel as well as a desire to eradicate America from the face of the earth is curious indeed, especially when measured against his obstinacy in political debate here at home.

The “Conquest of the American spy den” is another name for the Iranian hostage crisis where 52 Americans were held captive for 444 days after a group of Iranian students overtook the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Now it has been revealed that the Revolutionary Guard, the military organization founded in 1979 comprised of 200K soldiers, all dedicated to Shia cleric and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the hostage crisis have composed two songs featuring a “Death to America” theme.

So eager were the Revolutionary Guard to express their passionate feelings towards the “Great Satan,” they performed the songs prior to a massive protest marking the anniversary of the 1979 event.

Quoted from the website of the “elite Iranian regime,” the Revolutionary Guard explained their choice of song lyrics: “The slogan Death to America is the symbol of strength and determination of the Iranian nation against the dominance of the United States, which is an oppressive and untrustworthy nation.”

Recently, while leading a Tehran prayer service, Imam Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami vowed that even while continuing negotiations with America on Iran’s nuclear program, his country would continue to chant “Death to America.”

Ironically, the Revolutionary Guard cites recent “Telephone espionage by the United States government against the people of other countries [as] proof that you cannot trust the leadership of the White House.” Yet, the person responsible for instigating the international intelligence-gathering uproar, as he forges ahead with plans to resume harmonious relations with Iran, apparently exempts himself from any and all spying criticism.

Not for nothing, but isn’t it odd that while the Revolutionary Guard dreams up songs expressing their desire to deliver “Death to America,” political killjoy Barack Obama still eagerly looks forward to participating in nuclear talks with a man Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” President Hassan Rouhani?

Moreover, notwithstanding Iran’s general ill will directed toward the West, here at home our ever-eager-to-negotiate 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner seems to have fewer problems with threats of nuclear obliteration than he does with the Marine Corps wearing masculine headgear and the Navy SEALS sharing a Navy Jack “Don’t Tread on Me” logo with the Tea Party.

As sinister as it sounds, could it be that Barack Obama secretly concurs with Iran’s view of “oppressive and untrustworthy” America?

Then again, perhaps Obama is just so committed to conciliatory outreach that he is able to rise above the taunts of 200,000 Persian bullies. Either that, or the president is convinced that patriots like Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) pose more of a threat to our nation’s future than an aggressive Muslim nation on the brink of going nuclear while swearing to impose “death to America.”

What’s more likely is that during the forthcoming negotiations, Obama will try to convince Iran that the America he envisions is not the same America Iran wishes to destroy. Therefore, based on a mutual desire to accomplish the same goal, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s Revolutionary Guard’s “Death to America” warning may end up being key to a successful Obama/Iranian alliance.

With the president’s antagonistic attitude toward all things American, his revulsion for the two-party system, and his thus-far successful efforts to deliver a deathblow to America himself, it’s conceivable that in Iran, Barack Obama has finally found a nation of kindred spirits.

Obama’s ‘Death to America’ Alliance with Iran

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In response to the partisan bickering that exists between President Obama and his political adversaries over things like the budget, Obamacare, and immigration reform, the question raised by many observers is: Why would Obama be willing to negotiate with Iran, but not the GOP?

As it turns out, the answer to that question may have more to do with the president’s and Iran’s like-minded feelings toward America than Obama’s desire to exert his influence on behalf of global harmony.

After all, based on the damage inflicted in just five short years, it’s possible that Barack Hussein Obama is better suited to march alongside the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution than sit in the Oval Office.

The president’s willingness to participate in nuclear talks with a nation that has expressed genocidal contempt for Israel as well as a desire to eradicate America from the face of the earth is curious indeed, especially when measured against his obstinacy in political debate here at home.

The “Conquest of the American spy den” is another name for the Iranian hostage crisis where 52 Americans were held captive for 444 days after a group of Iranian students overtook the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Now it has been revealed that the Revolutionary Guard, the military organization founded in 1979 comprised of 200K soldiers, all dedicated to Shia cleric and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the hostage crisis have composed two songs featuring a “Death to America” theme.

So eager were the Revolutionary Guard to express their passionate feelings towards the “Great Satan,” they performed the songs prior to a massive protest marking the anniversary of the 1979 event.

Quoted from the website of the “elite Iranian regime,” the Revolutionary Guard explained their choice of song lyrics: “The slogan Death to America is the symbol of strength and determination of the Iranian nation against the dominance of the United States, which is an oppressive and untrustworthy nation.”

Recently, while leading a Tehran prayer service, Imam Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami vowed that even while continuing negotiations with America on Iran’s nuclear program, his country would continue to chant “Death to America.”

Ironically, the Revolutionary Guard cites recent “Telephone espionage by the United States government against the people of other countries [as] proof that you cannot trust the leadership of the White House.” Yet, the person responsible for instigating the international intelligence-gathering uproar, as he forges ahead with plans to resume harmonious relations with Iran, apparently exempts himself from any and all spying criticism.

Not for nothing, but isn’t it odd that while the Revolutionary Guard dreams up songs expressing their desire to deliver “Death to America,” political killjoy Barack Obama still eagerly looks forward to participating in nuclear talks with a man Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” President Hassan Rouhani?

Moreover, notwithstanding Iran’s general ill will directed toward the West, here at home our ever-eager-to-negotiate 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner seems to have fewer problems with threats of nuclear obliteration than he does with the Marine Corps wearing masculine headgear and the Navy SEALS sharing a Navy Jack “Don’t Tread on Me” logo with the Tea Party.

As sinister as it sounds, could it be that Barack Obama secretly concurs with Iran’s view of “oppressive and untrustworthy” America?

Then again, perhaps Obama is just so committed to conciliatory outreach that he is able to rise above the taunts of 200,000 Persian bullies. Either that, or the president is convinced that patriots like Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) pose more of a threat to our nation’s future than an aggressive Muslim nation on the brink of going nuclear while swearing to impose “death to America.”

What’s more likely is that during the forthcoming negotiations, Obama will try to convince Iran that the America he envisions is not the same America Iran wishes to destroy. Therefore, based on a mutual desire to accomplish the same goal, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s Revolutionary Guard’s “Death to America” warning may end up being key to a successful Obama/Iranian alliance.

With the president’s antagonistic attitude toward all things American, his revulsion for the two-party system, and his thus-far successful efforts to deliver a deathblow to America himself, it’s conceivable that in Iran, Barack Obama has finally found a nation of kindred spirits.

The case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

If there were ever any question whether the brutal Iranian dictatorship is dedicated to torture, death and terrorism, the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani should eradicate all doubt.

In 2006, Sakineh was beaten into a confession of adultery and as punishment received 99 lashes. After the beating, Sakineh recanted.  Nevertheless, the case was reopened and the crime of adultery with a cousin was commuted to murdering a husband.

Although Sakineh was acquitted of spousal murder, “the adultery charge was reviewed and a death penalty handed down on the basis of ‘judge’s knowledge’ — a loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where no conclusive evidence is present.” As a result, Iranian justice acquitted a woman of murder and then sentenced that same woman to death by stoning for infidelity.

Sakineh was condemned to an excruciatingly slow death. When describing stoning, Iranian penal code specifies that stones should be “large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the victim immediately…[or] … large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes.”

However, if the accused manages to avoid being knocked unconscious by the rocks and can “wriggle free during the stoning, the death sentence is commuted.” Men are buried up to the waist, but women to the neck, for “fear that their breasts may be uncovered,” which makes Sakineh’s chance for survival less likely than a man sentenced to the same demise.

Sitting in an Iranian jail cell, torturously waiting to be led to that fateful hole in the ground for almost half a decade, Sakineh supposedly endured yet another brutal lashing after being convicted of spreading “corruption and indecency.” Mohammadi-Ashtiani was accused of posing in a photograph, featured in the Times of London, without a hijab.  After it was reported and Sakineh suffered another 99 lashes, it was proven that the photo was of a political activist living in Sweden named Susan Hejrat.

Despite the Iranian government supposedly commuting Sakineh’s stoning sentence and after the blurred image appeared in the Times of a woman identifying herself as Ashtiani and denying ever being whipped or tortured, the British government rightly accused Iran of fabricating a murder charge to justify executing the woman for something – anything.

Iran’s prosecutor general Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei recently announced that “According to the court’s ruling, [Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani] is convicted of murder and her death sentence has priority over her punishment [for committing adultery].”  The newly revised sentence means that Ashtiani, “whose husband was killed by her cousin – will not be stoned to death for committing adultery,” but instead “she should first be executed for [a] murder” for which she was originally acquitted.

In lieu of being stoned, Sakineh will instead be hung until dead.  In Iran, dying for murder takes precedence over dying for committing adultery, an argument that makes as much sense as Mahmoud Amadinejad insisting “his government does not want an atomic bomb …and … is only seeking peace and a nuclear-weapons-free world.”

Instead of slowly dying trying to free herself from a hole in the ground, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will have a cruel cord placed around her slender neck.  A hangman will jerk the rope to ensure that the bone in Sakineh’s neck breaks and severs her spinal cord. She will experience brain death and die within twenty minutes, then be cut down and buried by her adult children and a lawyer who fought tirelessly to liberate her from undeserved death.

Thus, in the end a hangman’s noose beckons to Sakineh, offering freedom from the crack of the whip and emancipation from a fate of death by stoning.

Kitty Genovese Lies Dying in Tehran

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In March of 1964 a young, Italian-American woman, Kitty Genovese, returning from work, was brutally murdered while her neighbors watched from their windows and did nothing as she begged for help.  Kitty screamed out, “Oh, my God, he stabbed me!  Please help me!  I’m dying!” Watching from their windows no one responded. The only attempt to help was from one witness who shouted from a distance, “Let that girl alone.”   The assailant scurried away as Kitty lay there stabbed, bleeding and pleading for someone to help her, no one did.  The observers shut their windows and dimmed their lights as the mortally wounded woman staggered toward an apartment lobby.  Realizing that no one would come to her rescue her brazen attacker returned and continued to stab Kitty to death.

The onlookers opened and shut their windows repeatedly during the incident, finally shutting them as a dead Kitty lay inside the front door of a Kew Gardens, New York apartment lobby.  Not one of the thirty-eight people who witnessed her murder called the police, no one came to her aid, they watched from their windows as she was cut down by a twisted, psychopath killing to quell an uncontrollable urge.  It wasn’t until 4:00 am in the morning that a friend of the murdered woman found her and called the police.  Two minutes later they arrived to find a lifeless body sprawled out on a cold, tile floor.

Kitty Genovese’s name symbolized the, “…dark side of national character,”  and America’s failure to get involved.   It stood for apathetic, anxious, estranged, self-centered Americans whose fear of being implicated outweighed their moral core.  American voyeurs hid behind their shades and peered out into an alley as a sharp switchblade cut an innocent woman to shreds  and stole her life.  Those who watched retired to their beds pulling the covers over their heads and pretending they were unaware that a young girl lay  bleeding to death in the foyer where they  picked up their daily mail.

Fast-forward forty years, an unjust election thrust young Iranians into the streets in protest.  People are beaten by Ahmadinejad’s hooligans.  Pro-democracy protesters are slain as they scream for “help.”   The streets of Tehran have been turned into an alley similar to Austin Street in Kew Gardens where Kitty Genovese was overcome and eliminated by a merciless thug.  In the windows, watching the injustice is the United States of America, which was once the greatest champion of democracy on the face of the earth.  Barack Obama, leader of the free world cautiously yells to the alley below in a barely audible voice, “don’t worry…we are watching what’s happening.” Obama’s presence is palpable, like those who witnessed Kitty Genovese high above the alley where she died.  He, like they, just watch.

Winston Mosley, Kitty’s aggressor, knew no one would stop him.  He chose women because he considered them weak and he knew they could be easily overpowered.  In Iran defenseless, pro-democracy reformers are an easy target.  The Basija Militia attack with axes, daggers and other crude weapons as Obama positioned in the window above the street peruses the landscape. He cautiously stands back as the blood of freedom fighters, viciously clubbed and axed to death in clear sight, drenches the streets.  Obama ruminates over the political ramifications of his next oratory statement, while pro-reform protesters fight and sacrifice their lives for the right to exercise what he pledged to defend and uphold.

Iranian youth, the most supportive of the United States of all Muslims living in the Middle East, are being left to die as Obama shouts puny warnings from the window above the street halfheartedly proclaiming, “I strongly condemn these unjust actions.”  Searching for hope the young pro-reformers are desperately attempting to make eye contact with the one in the window but find him lazily balanced on the windowsill smoking a cigarette and blowing smoke rings into the evening air as they yell, “Please help us!  We’re dying!”  Arms reaching skyward, eyes pleading for help…Obama winks at the Iranian government and then turns away.

Much like those who hid in the shadows as Kitty Genovese died are those who refuse to realize that the enemies that beat the pro-democracy protesters with batons are the Winston Mosley’s that long to murder both Israel and the United States if unlucky enough to be cornered in a dark alley.  Moreover, their plan is to sabotage us in the future and like Winston Mosley have a specific objective and plan as they stalk in the shadows.  Mosley, like Iran, was relentless returning to finish  Kitty off, unafraid and moved more by his desire to see her dead than his fear of the consequence.  Winston Mosley was an enemy to Kitty as well as those watching her die, as is Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs enemies to the protesters, Israel and the United States.  Their enemy is our enemy and closing the curtain and turning our back on their plight won’t save our lives if Winston has his way.

Obama’s anemic response is similar to those who were asked why they didn’t take action while Kitty still had a chance to survive.  He justifies a cool response by elevating lofty rhetoric in the place of measured action. Standing  in the window, like the thirty-eight who watched Kitty die, Obama is “…appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments.” Yet, like them, he has walked away not wanting to get involved.  Obama has openly admitted that he is not interested and will, “…not at all interfere in Iran’s affairs.

As pro-democracy youth fight for their lives and the life of their nation an American president has pulled the shade down and failed to call for help from the international community like those on Austin Street who failed to call the police.  For all they knew Kitty and Winston could have been having a lovers’ quarrel providing an excuse as to why the disconnected, shadowy figures watching from the windows ignored her blood curdling screams.  Obama too has attempted to justify his lack of intervention in the righteous cause of helping to save a nation from despotic tyranny.  His insipid excuse, “…the Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future.  Some in the Iranian government are trying to avoid that debate by accusing the United States and others outside of Iran of instigating protests over the elections.”  Doesn’t Obama know that a debate fought with bullets, batons and billy clubs is like a lovers’ quarrel where an unrequited kiss is met with a switchblade?

As a result of Obama’s standoffish, disconnect from a democratic revolution 2009 has its own poster-child symbolizing the result of failure to get involved , her name was Neda Agha-Soltan.  Neda, about the same age as Kitty Genovese, lay dying in the street with a bullet in her body, put there during a rally by Iranian plainclothes security or militia-sanctioned assassins.    Global citizen, Barack Obama has responded by reminding the world that everyone, “…knows that there’s something fundamentally unjust about that.”  Peering like a voyeur  at Neda as she died in the street, Obama quickly drew the curtain over the window and focused instead on more up-beat self-serving agendas. As Neda’s heartbeat gently slowed to a halt and her beautiful brown eyes went dim, in one breath Obama coldly changed the subject from her untimely death to clinical clean energy and universal health care…sort of like turning from the window as Kitty died and changing the channel on the television set from Perry Mason to I Love Lucy.

Forty years ago, the case of Kitty Genovese touched on a fundamental aspect of the human condition, “…our primordial nightmare.”  In almost half a century nothing has changed!   The question broached then still remains and is applicable on both an individual level and on an international level, “If we need help, will those around us stand around and let us be destroyed or will they come to our aid?”   Barack Obama’s response to the Iranian pro-democratic revolt has sent an even stronger message to the world than it has to Iran and that is that the America, who once sacrificed blood and treasure to to further the cause of democracy, cannot be counted on to defend  liberty, while Barack Obama is president.

As democracy breathes its last in an alley in Iran, beaten and stabbed by the Winston Mosley of repressive totalitarianism, who will come to their aid? Obama, willfully turning his back on the hope for freedom in Iran, leaves democracy dying like Kitty and Neda, in a pool of their own innocent blood.

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