Obama no Reagan

It is pointed out here that President Obama’s admirable reconciliation policy hit the rocks, a week after his Cairo speech, of the June 12th Iranian election, to which, like the subsequent protests against it, he has been unable to respond adequately ─ and unable to respond like one distinguished predecessor:

I shoot A(hmadi) N(ejad)

I shoot A(hmadi) N(ejad)

Under increasing pressure to support the protestors openly, President Obama commented that the world was “watching” the Iranian protests, a mild statement of rebuke to Khamenei’s thinly veiled threat to use violence to stop street demonstrations.

The contrast was stark to President Reagan. In 1981, when the Polish government imposed martial law to suppress the Solidarity uprising that had started in Gdansk, Reagan told a press conference, “We view the current situation in Poland in the gravest of terms, particularly the increasing use of force against an unarmed population and the violations of the basic civil rights of the Polish people.”

Reagan is also remembered for directly challenging the former Soviet Union in his speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 12, 1987, when he taunted, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

It can hardly still be claimed, as a recent poll suggested, that the election was fair after all and Ahmadinejad’s presidency legitimate, when

[even] the Guardian Council admitted that in 50 Iranian cities the number of votes cast in the presidential election exceeded the number of eligible voters, providing a clear sign the election had been fraudulent, as Mousavi had claimed.

Obama, inevitably seen now, in the hard world in which we live, as a weak president, has been caught between liberal desire for constructive change and horror at whom he must do business with. As one Twitter poster, Jahanazad, asked:

“A question to Obama: Do you really want to sit down at table with a man whose hands are soaked in [people’s] blood?”

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Marwa Ali El-Sherbin, husband and son

Marwa Ali El-Sherbin, husband and son

I commented earlier on the recent CBS interview with the Rat in New York. Mind you, it is probably impossible to interview this specimen in anything like a normal way. One might perhaps quietly gain his confidence, and then lean forward hopefully and say: “We have seen your halo!” But the inevitable confrontation and challenge led, when Neda Soltan was mentioned, to Mahmouti producing photographs of a woman Couric was unable to recognise. More comment is given here:

[T]he woman in that picture, Marwa Ali El-Sherbini, was the victim of a singularly vicious act of a neo-Nazi racist, while Neda Aqa Soltan was one among many other victims of violence at the hands of the security apparatus of the Islamic Republic … The Iranian state-controlled media has been citing the case of Marwa Ali El-Sherbini ever since Neda Aqa Soltan was killed and the world began to pay attention to her murder to show “the hypocrisy of the Western media.”

Marwa

was an Egyptian pharmacist and the mother of a young child. She was killed during a hearing at a court of law in Dresden, Germany, by a man against whom she had testified after being insulted for wearing an Islamic headscarf … Together with others, El-Sherbini founded an association … with the aim to establish an Islamic cultural and education centre in Dresden … At the time of her death El-Sherbini was three months pregnant with her second child.

Eclipse

Eclipse

An upstanding immigrant member of the Dresden community, then, and by no means a merely nominal Moslem. Her husband held a doctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. But she became the object of sustained verbal abuse, in German and Russian, by “Alex W”[1] in a public playground following a quarrel over a children’s swing.

The case had already come to court and Alex W been convicted and fined 780 Euros. Because of the aggravated racism freely exhibited in court, it was the Public Prosecutor who appealed to achieve a more serious conviction. In what was apparently an annoying but essentially trivial incident (parents should not amplify their children’s disputes), things then spiralled out of all control:

No security personnel was present and no security searches of individuals and their possessions were carried out, common in cases without anticipated security concerns and with no persons under arrest present. After El-Sherbini had testified, Alex W. strode across the courtroom and attacked her with a knife with a 18 cm (7 in) long blade, which he had taken into the courtroom in his backpack. El-Sherbini received multiple stab wounds to the upper body and arm (at least 16). During the attack Alex W. was allegedly shouting “You don’t deserve to live!”. While trying to protect his wife, El-Sherbini’s husband, Elwi Ali-Okaz, was stabbed at least 16 times to the head, neck, upper body and arm.

Blake's Divine Humanity - Theatre of Eternal Values

Blake's Divine Humanity - Theatre of Eternal Values

A police officer, who was in the court building testifying in an unrelated case was called to the scene to intervene, but mistook Elwi Ali-Okaz for the attacker and shot him in the lower leg. A criminal investigation against the police officer was ongoing as of 25-Aug-09. Marwa El-Sherbini died on the scene, succumbing to her injuries. Alex W. was arrested on the scene. Elwi Ali-Okaz, critically wounded in the stabbing attack, was in a coma for two days . He subsequently received physical therapy for several weeks in a hospital near Dresden for the stabbing and shooting injuries. Alex W. was held on remand on suspicion of murder of Marwa El-Sherbini and attempted murder of Elwi Ali Okaz. He was formally charged with murder, attempted murder and grievous bodily harm by the public prosecutor’s office on 25-Aug-09. Prosecutors cited hate against non-Europeans and Muslims as the motive, perfidiousness as a qualifying feature for the murder charge, and full criminal responsibility as the result of a psychiatric evaluation. His trial has been tentatively scheduled to begin on 26-Oct-09.

Dissent is a right

Dissent is a right

Such an act of wicked violence against an innocent citizen is wholly to be condemned. The racist tinge makes matters considerably worse, no matter what the public level of such ‘Islamophobia’ in Germany now is. The lack of at least a metal scanner in the court house seems astonishing, but is perhaps common here as well.

The staunchly anti-racist German government has behaved vastly better than the Iranian government, whom such an exhibition of hatred presumably fills with glee. Kate Couric really should have known about this case, as the Rat has been going on about it, exploiting the case for all it is worth, ever since June when it happened. Logically, the paranoid bigotry of Alex W, a neo-Nazi, should resonate with Ahmadinejad, and if the former had been an Iranian with identical attitudes who furiously attacked a pregnant white female, presumably he would have been overjoyed.

But the case has been widely aired (and condemned) in the Western media, so it is hard to see where the hypocrisy comes in. A criminal incident, quickly and uncontroversially identified as such, does not overturn the German justice system, whereas in Iran the deliberate rape, torture, maiming and murder of peaceful citizens on an industrial scale fully represents the Iranian justice system going about its lawful business. The courts themselves, which deal with no evidence other than ‘confessions’, that is to say no evidence at all, are a joke and a travesty presumably imperceptible to the Shi’ite conscience.

Conversely, the arrest of “seven to ten” policemen at Kahrizak Prison (now closed) on grounds of abuse of inmates is described as an “isolated incident”. Well, which is it to be? Are torture, rape and murder utterly unknown in other Iranian prisons, for instance Evin, or do German courtrooms regularly erupt with racist violence actively planned and instigated by the German government?


[1] Because of stringent German privacy laws in criminal cases, not further identified.

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