Obama: Iran Must Stop Violence Against Protesters

President Barack Obama is expressing outrage at the violent crackdown by the Iranian government against protesters of the disputed presidential election.

In a statement at the White House, Obama said the United States joins the international community in condemning what he called the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days.

His language was stronger than in previous statements about the unrest following June 12 voting.

Obama said he is not interfering in Iran's internal affairs but condemns what he called unjust actions as the Iranian people attempt to debate their future.

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  • by Earl Location: Washington,NC on Jun 23, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    Obama learns from Iran's oppression? If you want healthcare the government will make it so that you cannot use firearms as they could be dangerous and since the government is paying for your healthcare. Of course you can still have your firearms but you just won't get any healthcare. New law it is felony to get private healthcare now under Obama now? Fast food could be outlawed because it makes you fat and the government is paying for your healthcare so you'll have to comply in order to keep healthcare costs down. Sure you can still eat at McDonald's but you aren't going to get any healthcare. The government could force you to live your life certain ways, do certain Service Projects and other things since they are paying for your healthcare. Perhaps they could mandate some sort of National Service in order to give back to the government since they are paying for your healthcare. Marxist Obama owns you now.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    Thanks Wolfgang and C3 for the facts. This isn't about feel good and apology, its about world issues that our president wants to avoid. Face it, he doesn't know what to do or say but he is sorry. I kept wondering why, all day, no one seemed to see the protester signs in english and I wondered if anyone caught on to this. Last night when the girl got show they showed these signs, ya know, the ones that the government was trying to keep off the air, in english. I then saw how large the crowds were and thinking Iran? They are not totally that bad or they want change you can believe in. And look at Mr Change, he cowered until the pressure made him say something. So, we took their hope away. Then we hear posters quite often posting about Bush war...wrong it was, WMDs. Well, I can tell you most Iraqis are happier and free. When Obama took office he realized that when he heard from Iraqi officials. "Freedom" is now theirs. So I am mixed by Iran since we are d if we do and d if we don't.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 23, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Do not run and go golfing now Obama Democracy can win in Iran. President Bush and his administration knew what would happen to the Muslim Dictators. If we got a Democracy in that region of the Middle East. When the people of Iraq finally voted in a free election and showed the world those millions of purple fingers. The Americans will set you free from the Saddams of the world with fair laws for the people. Pres. Bush new that all peoples have a natural soul to be free. It does now seem that freedom is contagious and the Iranian people have taken notice of the freedom enjoyed by their neighbors in Iraq. From the beginning of the Iraq War, it was pointed out that the Middle East was a political mess, and that if Democracy was introduced, it would spread throughout the region. Thank you President Bush, for standing up for what was right. Even When You Stood Alone. The true mark of a Great Leader. “When governments fear the people there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    RW, no I do not have all the answers. I have what I've seen. 1)obama would still be going to wright's trinity church had the negative publicity not been there. 2)he and his ag were not going to release torture files until their liberal handlers forced them too. 3)he's stood up for others in similar situations like Iran, but he did not show support for the protestors until public and political pressure forced him to. 4)he put the unions FIRST ahead of secured bond holders during the chrysler situation(he broke legally binding contracts to repay the uniions for support). He's nothing but a token now, a puppet of the liberal left, a coward.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    RW, call it what you wish, we are only showing you the same respect for your president that you showed mine. At least my president spent a lot less money than yours. Seems yours spent more in 6 months than mine did in 8 years with two wars going on. If you guys would just get his spending habit under control, we could afford to help out those in need of it.
  • by RW Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Wise One and Anon, thank you so much for your wisdom. Others comment out of hatred for our president. They don't really care what's going on with Iran. If CCC have all of the answers, let him/her suit up and handle it himself/herself. No, we cannot afford another war and all of America knows that. Say what you want about President Obama, you have 4 years of him so deal with that. We had to stomach 8 years of Bush.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    "Anon" out of Wallace, thanks. You saved me from having to do a lot of typing. I'm glad someone else can see the big picture. The funny thing is that the same people who complain about taxes and everything else are the first ones to holler about us needing to go intervene in other nation's affairs. We are not financially stable enough to start another war. You all do realize that it takes money, don't you? You're so contradictory sometimes.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    I think some of you forget about the Revolutionary war we fought on our own shores. It was France that stepped up with ships and ammunition in our time of great need. Did we all forget what it meant to be a patriot. We stood up to our captors and was able to win. Like I posted, their signs were in English, they were all telling us something. Their party doesn't want nuclear weapons that could be used against us or other countries. And, our President, lacking experience, walked away. Did all of your realize that during WWII, we were at war with most of Europe and Japan? You underestimate the ability of the US Soldier. So sleep sound tonight knowing you are free but remember, there are those that are tyranzied. What a sorry president you voted in.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    I can hear the Supreme Leader now, saying" and if we don't quit, what you going to do about it"? And the answer is NOTHING except beg.
  • by Satan on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    If he keeps going the way he is, they'll be protestors at the White House lawn.
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