What began as a protest against a corrupt election has evolved into full scale revolt against the Mullahs who run Iran’s thuggish theocracy. For at least three days, Government police and troops have used force, including clubbing and gunfire, to disperse the demonstrators. Estimates of deaths so far range from 8 to 48.
The President of the United States, Leader of the Free World, has tried to say and do as little as possible. The White House web site sets forth official Presidential Presidential reaction: an uninspiring, written statement, and a link to a CBS interview of the President.
In both the statement and the Interview The President Said:
I’m very concerned based on some of the tenor and tone of the statements that have been made that the government of Iran recognize that the world is watching.
The Mullahs already figured that out without Obama’s help, and acted decisively to block the world’s view. They jailed or deported every foreign reporter they could find. They attempted, with limited success, to block citizen access to the Internet. But defiant Iranians found ways around the government’s barriers, to export videos to Youtube, and send out news via Twitter.
As in the photo, courageous Iranians are seen in covert videos holding signs written in English, hoping to attract the attention of Americans.