Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As Europeans Stand Shoulder to Shoulder on Iran, Where is President Obama?

After Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday (November 29), British Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced the embassy's closure with an order for all Iranian diplomats to leave the United Kingdom within 48 hours. Additionally, Germany, France and the Netherlands also recalled their envoys from Iran for consultations, while Norway said it was closing its Tehran embassy as a security precaution.

Speaking earlier today (November 30), Mr. Hague stressed, "We have now closed the British Embassy in Tehran. We have decided to evacuate all our staff and as of the last few minutes all our UK-based staff have now left Iran." Hague added: "If any country makes it impossible for us to operate on their soil, they cannot expect to have a functioning Embassy here."

Hague said that the actions do not amount to a complete severing of British relations with Iran, but a downgrading to the lowest level of diplomatic relations. There are reportedly some 70,000 Iranian nationals residing in the UK.

COMMENT: In the face of European solidarity, the one lingering question is: "What risks are the US currently taking to support Europe in this time of need, as Iran poses a potential nuclear threat to the free world?"

Also, who remembers Neda Agha-Soltan, 26? We should all remember her, as she was shot and killed by Iranian security forces on June 20, 2009, during the Iranian election protests? Worse, her death was captured on video by bystanders and broadcast over the Internet as newly elected US President Barack Obama sat by and did nothing to assist Iranian citizens in their demand for freedom. This is the same Barack Obama who would rather "talk" to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, than to "act" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear capability.

Sadly, Barack Obama did not help Iranian citizens in 2009, anymore than he helped the British government avoid the events that led to the storming of their embassy in Tehran yesterday. As he approaches his fourth year as US president, how has he acted to assist Israel or our European allies in making the world safer from Iran? On a more national level, how has he neutralized Iran's complicity in the death of US military personnel fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Regrettably, As Iran fears little and persists in its efforts to go nuclear, where is President Obama? Not working night and day with his inner-circle to craft an effective strategy designed to neutralize Iran, but rather, working night and day to be re-elected to a second term as president.

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