The neocons, the same gang that have shown themselves such experts on the Middle East in their Iraq blunder, now want Obama to embrace the protesters and take a hard line on the conservative clerics led by Ayatollah Khamenei. Obama continues to take the same gentle, warm approach of his Noruz greeting to the people of Iran. It all reminded me of this story attributed to Aesop:
“THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: ‘I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger You begin.’ So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.”
I think Obama’s approach has so far given the uprising a far better chance than if he had embraced them and denounced the regime thus allowing the regime to claim that the protesters were American stooges.
Instead Obama is there saying “happy new year” and “peaceful protest should be respected” – I mean how silly do the hardliners in Iran look calling this guy “the Great Satan” and calling him a threat: