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Iran’s Ambassador To Mexico Blaming CIA For Neda’s Murder In Iran June 26, 2009

Posted by kidkev in Iran.
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Some serious allegations are being heard from high ranking officials from Iran.  Among them is Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri the Ambassador of Iran to Mexico.  Here is part of the interview:

MOHAMMAD HASSAN GHADIRI, IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO: I prefer to answer this in Persian.Neda Agha Soltan

BLITZER: Go ahead.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): This death of Ms. Nada is very suspicious. She was shot from behind. The location was where there was not much demonstration, there was no police presence and the gun that shot and killed her was a smuggled gun. It was not a government-issued gun.

BLITZER: There have been others, though, that have been killed, as well.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): In our view, this would be the work of those who wanted to put more fuel to the flame against the government.

My question is that how is that this Nada was shot from behind and several cameras take that. And this is done in an area where there was no important demonstration. If the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the elements of the government, and then choosing a girl would be something good for them because it would have much higher impact.

Therefore, we believe and we are looking into this to find who the elements were who did this.

BLITZER: Are you seriously accusing the CIA of killing Neda?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We say that the bullet that was found in her head was not a bullet that you could find in Iran.

Keep in mind (if you saw the video) that she was shot in the chest from the front.

These are the bullets that the CIA and terrorist groups use. Of course they warned that there would be a bloodshed in these demonstrations and then they could attribute that to the Islamic Republic. This is part of a common act of CIA in various countries.

BLITZER: Do you really believe that, Mr. Ambassador?

You’re a distinguished diplomat representing Iran. This is a very serious accusation that you’re making, that the CIA was responsible for killing this beautiful, young woman.

GHADIRI (through interpreter): I’m not saying that the CIA had done this. There are different groups. Could be intelligence services, could be CIA, could be the terrorists.

BLITZER: Mr. Ambassador, why won’t your government allow people to go mourn at a memorial service for Nada, as her family has requested?

GHADIRI (through interpreter): We have no problem with mournings. Naturally we don’t want to provide an opportunity for the rioters to come in and make the situation worse.

Read more of the interview here.

The last part I have a hard time with after Senior Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami (no relation to Mohammad Khatami, who visited the U.S. in September 2006) demanded today that the leaders of election protests be executed.

Ahmad Khatami, a member of the powerful Assembly of Experts, said the judiciary should charge leading “rioters” as “mohareb” or one who wages war against God.

“I want the judiciary to … punish leading rioters firmly and without showing any mercy to teach everyone a lesson,” Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday.

“They should be punished ruthlessly and savagely,” he said. UnderIran’s Islamic law, punishment for people convicted as “mohareb” is execution.

Some people (a very small minority) have said that waiting to respond to these situations is a good thing.  Do you think that waiting for them to execute a few before we say anything regarding these statements is the correct course of action?  Is that a “it’s there problem not ours” attitude?

Well I know some of you think that a reply should not be done in haste lest it be sabre rattling.  So the logical approach to this would be…? I know, an apology from the POTUS for the assassination of Neda and the 20+ others by the CIA?  Or, how about we wait a couple of weeks and hope it goes away and nobody notices?  The world is watching, let’s not do anything hasty right?  After all, when someone is accused of something even something as outrageous as this and is silent what does that imply?  We don’t want to add fuel to the fire right?

If we remain silent regarding this issues what will the world think?  Silence is a virtue correct?  Well,  I for one don’t think we should remain silent, we (the U.S.) have been accused of some serious charges.  We constantly espouse the virtues of democracy and the vitriol that goes with it and when we get a chance to help out a nation crying for change  (YOU) think we should not say anything too hastily.  If you are of the group that says that we should not rush into a response then you should stop any kind of effort to spreading democracy around the world because when there is a chance to have an impact or make a change [YOU] would wish to remain silent.  You, my friend, are an idiot and hypocrite.

Hat tip to:  Little Green Footballs and The Los Angeles Times


4th of July BBQ Offer Withdrawn June 25, 2009

Posted by kidkev in Iran.
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Sorry Iran…It would seem that the BBQ offer has been rescinded.  Apparently you did something bad.  From what I heard, the House Press Secretary mentioned something about a “vigorous debate” that is going on in your country.

ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think the president has been clear that this is a vigorous debate in Iran between Iranians about their leadership.

This has me somewhat confused.  The POTUS said that it is a “vigorous debate” that they are having in Iran but no he said he is “appalled and outraged“.  How can you be appalled and outraged at a debate?

Something is wrong here, either the POTUS is down playing what is happening in Iran (read as weak willed foreign policy) or he has no idea what is going on in Iran (read as weak willed foreign policy).

The way I see it is, if it’s just a debate, let them talk it out amongst themselves.  However, someone tell the 20+ people like  Neda Agha Soltan that they are no longer allowed to debate this issue due to their protesting too loudly the past week.

Remember, freedom of speech has no place in a “vigorous debate”.