The Lesson Of Egypt

Obama, the so-called “man of the historical moment”, has allowed himself to be swept along by history, rather than become a shaper of it. His attempt to catch the zeitgeist of the Middle Eastern revolutions, in Tunisia and Egypt, and his late embrace of the Iranian peoples’ aspirations makes him more of a reactionary president than a visionary one.

“Barack Obama has dismissed claims about mixed messages from the White House during Egypt’s revolution, insisting his administration will be remembered for being on the right side of history “at every juncture”.

The US President also yesterday spoke out against Iran’s government for suppressing protests in solidarity with Egyptians.

He called on governments to respond to a “hunger for change” among their people in a way that did not lead to violence. “You can’t maintain power through coercion,” Mr Obama said.

The President rejected suggestions that his administration had been a step behind events in Egypt.

“I think history will end up recording that at every juncture in the situation in Egypt that we were on the right side of history,” Mr Obama said.”

‘Washington ‘on the right side of history’: Barack Obama’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/washington-on-the-right-side-of-history-barack-obama/story-e6frg6so-1226007182685

4th of November, 2009 protests in Tehran:

“Obama, you’re either with the Iranian regime or you’re against the Iranian people

Obama, Obama, ya ba oona, ya ba ma
(Obama, Obama, you’re either with them or with us)”

‘obama ya ba oona ya ba ma – 13 aban iran – 4 nov’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxF28bTIFc&feature=player_embedded

” “Obama, Obama, ya ba oona, ya ba ma,” chanted the brave and bruised youths in the streets of Tehran last week. “You’re either with them or with us.” There is no hint that the President was listening.”

‘Berlin anniversary too few remember’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/berlin-anniversary-too-few-remember/story-e6frg6zo-1225795558989

‘Reagan – Tear Down This Wall’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjWDrTXMgF8

Krauthammer: “The regime is weakening. This is a hinge in history. Everything in the region would change if the regime is changed. Obama ought to be strong out there in saying it’s an illegitimate government; we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people in the street. When he talks about diplomacy he should be urging our Western allies that have relations to cut them off. He ought to be going into the UN every forum denouncing it. This is a moment in history, and he’s missing it.“

‘Video: Krauthammer Not Impressed With Obama’s Statement On Iran’
http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/video-krauthammer-not-impressed-with-obamas-statement-on-iran/

18 February, 2011

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