On being appalled and outraged; Mubarak’s promise of a “better democracy” as Obama reminds him of responsibility

The protests against the June 2009 election results in Iran, brought forth this condemnation from Pres. Barack Obama

The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days.  I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.

We’ve seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence.  We’ve seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard.  Above all, we’ve seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we’ve experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this:  Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.

Eqypt has been on the boil over the past six days. By most accounts, over a hundred protesters have been killed. And President Obama refuses to be appalled or outraged. Here are the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President’s comments on the issue,

In the absence of these reforms, grievances have built up over time.  When President Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people tonight, he pledged a better democracy and greater economic opportunity. I just spoke to him after his speech and I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise.

President Mubarak pledged a better democracy and President Obama asked him to give meaning to those words. I fail to understand how a Dictator can provide a better democracy. He (s/he?) can vacate the premises in order to end the Dictatorship and let elected representatives form the government.

Simon Tisdall, at the Guardian has explained why a better democracy under the Dictatorship is a necessity. It is so because Washington “needs a friendly regime [read better democracy] in Cairo more than it needs a democratic government”.


When Neda Agha Soltan was shot in the streets of Tehran in June 2009, presumabky by the Iranian security forces, Obama was moved by the “searing image” and mourned the “each and every innocent life that is lost”.

Why isn’t anyone in the American establishment, appalled and outraged by this?

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