Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hillary Clinton, Iran, and a Canadian Cannon

Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration are made to look like cowardly fools in the video below. In that video, the first three minutes contain an excellent report from the streets of Tehran, where hundreds of thousands of people continue to demonstrate in the streets against "alleged" national voter fraud in the June 12 presidential election. The best part, however, is the press conference at 3:00 minutes into the video, in which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says, "We, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide. The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran." It was a cowardly statement by Clinton, in which she avoided taking any stand for justice and democracy, or to even try to send a message of hope to the people of Iran - or any warning to the dictators in power. Then, the coup de grace from Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, Lawrence Cannon, whose statement showed us that Hillary is a coward who was either lying or is completely ignorant of diplomatic efforts by other nations, including Canada, our next door neighbor and one of our very best allies. "Canada's deeply concerned by reports of voting irregularities in the Iranian election," Cannon said. "We're troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidates' offices by security forces. We've tasked our embassy officials in Tehran to closely monitor the situation, and Canada's calling on Iranian authorities to conduct fair and transparent counting of all ballots." The comparison of these two statements, by Clinton and Cannon, is stark. Cannon's statement made Clinton look like a fool. Whereas Clinton said that "We, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide," Cannon showed neatly that such is not the case. Rather, as Cannon pointed out, Canada was not merely waiting and watching, but also actively urging action by the Iranian authorities. His subtle, diplomatic message was clear and aimed squarely at the Iranian authorities by, in effect, demanding that they straighten out the election results and show satisfactory proof that the results were fair. Whereas Clinton said that "The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran," Cannon went on to make some very strong statements on behalf of Canada. By saying that Canada is "troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidates' offices by security forces," Cannon effectively said that Canada believes something unsavory happened in the handling of ballots in last Friday's election. Probably without meaning to, Cannon showed the world how cowardly, ignorant and afraid to offend the Iranian dictatorship the Obama Administration truly is. See Comments... Visit Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Hey! ChiNewsBench is on Twitter