House Resolution Regarding Iranian Election Protests

Posted: 06/20/2009 by that's Elbert in US House
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June 19 the US House voted 405-1 for a non-binding resolution supporting the protests against what most believe to be a rigged election in Iran. The resolution also condemns the action of the Iranian government against the protestors. Reps. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) drafted the resolution.

The resolution states:

Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law, and for other purposes. Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law;
(2) condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones; and
(3) affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.

Regarding the resolution, Rep. Pense states:

I have said many times this week… that the cause of America is freedom. And in this cause the American people will not be silent. There is no intention here to pick sides in the Iranian election. There is an intention here, in a true spirit of bipartisanship, to allow the American people to be on the side of liberty and to be on the side of freedom.

This CNN report states President Obama’s response to the protests:

Obama has said he is “deeply troubled” by the violence, but he has avoided siding with Ahmadinejad’s opponents, telling reporters, “It is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be.”

“It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections,” Obama said this week.

Mr. President, it is not meddling to show your support for protests and the free expression of the Iranian people. It is pretty clear that there is some issue with the election, thus the large protests. By showing support you would be affirming a God-given right to free expression, something we enjoy here in the States.

Mr. President, do you mean that you are fine with this whole crackdown on protestors? Do you mean that you are fine with the attempt to shut down communications with the outside world regarding this matter?

Most of us look at the Iranian government’s crackdown on protestors as a bad thing. If the Iranians want a nutjob like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be their leader then so be it. Apparently a large number of voters there say there’s a problem with this election, and that Ahmadinejad rigged the elections. A recount would either affirm their charge or put to rest questions about the vote count.

If this is a test of Obama’s mettle, so far he’s failing.

(crossposted on DelawarePolitics.net)

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