Let’s pray that the sham elections triggers a national uprising against the mullahs. As inspired as I am by the Iranian people in these past hours, and as optimistic as I am due to the regime’s miscalculations, I am grieving, embarassed even, over the U.S. role (or lack thereof) in this. The President of the U.S. and other countries should be loudly declaring their solidarity with the Iranian people, letting them know we see and hear them on the streets of Tehran. We should be leading an international demand for new U.N.-supervised elections, and if we’re feeling especially courageous, demanding a referendum on the regime itself.
We are this close to seeing this regime fall, and if the U.S. had only taken some minor overt and covert steps to support the Iranian people over the previous few years, such a conclusion would be virtually guaranteed. This may be the most important week of President Obama’s first term. Let us hope he does not have his own “Bush 41″ moment and stand by idly if the regime goes the Tianenmen Square route as it fights for its survival.
Check out a video of the riots in Tehran sent to me here. Click “read more” to see photos of this uprising also sent to me, some or all of which I believe were already published.