Since the Supreme Leader Ayatollah declared there was NO CHEATING in Iran's presidentail election and is prepared to put the HAMMER down on protestors tomorrow, the protestor's are MARCHING IN THE STREETS TOMORROW.
President Obama says to Ayatollah, "The World is Watching You".
I absolutely do. First of all, let's understand that this notion that somehow these hundreds of thousands of people who are pouring into the streets in Iran are somehow responding to the West or the United States, that's an old distraction that I think has been trotted out periodically. And that's just not going to fly.
What you're seeing in Iran are hundreds of thousands of people who believe their voices were not heard and who are peacefully protesting and seeking justice. And the world is watching. And we stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way. Already we've seen violence out there. I've said this throughout the week, I want to repeat it, that we stand with those who would look to peaceful resolution of conflict and we believe that the voices of people have to be heard, that that's a universal value that the American people stand for and this administration stands for. And 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. And how they approach and deal with people who are -- through peaceful means -- trying to be heard will I think send a pretty clear signal to the international community about what Iran is and is not.
But the last point I want to make on this -- this is not an issue of the United States or the West versus Iran; this is an issue of the Iranian people. The fact that they are on the streets, under pretty severe duress, at great risk to themselves, is a sign that there's something in that society that wants to open up. And, you know, we respect Iran's sovereignty and we respect the fact that ultimately the Iranian people have to make these decisions.
But I hope that the world understands that this is not something that has to do with the outside world; this has to do with what's happening in Iran. And I think ultimately the Iranian people will obtain justice. read more here....
Congress condemns violence against protestors in Iran
And now some pictures from Al Rodgers, "Tehran Street Photos -- On the Brink"
Continuous Live Blogging of Protestors in Iran, Here
And finally as I think about the protestors in Iran, I can only think of the fear they must feel but the importance of what they must continue to do.
Shield the Iranian Protestors from harm's way as they march their way, continuing on to getting their voices heard. Don't let the Ayatollah kill them in cold blood. Freedom and democracy is a right for every living being. Protect them as they continue to march their way to freedom. Iran we are truly praying for you.