Obama Condemns Iran Violence
In a White House press conference still underway, President Obama condemned the actions of Iran’s government in his strongest language to date:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the United States and the entire world “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s violent efforts to crush dissent, a clear toughening of his rhetoric as Republican critics at home pound him for being too passive.
Obama condemned the “threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days.” “I strongly condemn these unjust actions,” Obama said in a news conference at the White House.
“I have made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering in Iran’s affairs,” Obama said. “But we must also bear witness to the courage and dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place.”
Obama noted the killing of a young woman, Neda Agha Soltan, whose apparent shooting death was captured on video and circulated worldwide. “We have seen courageous women stand up to brutality and threats, and we have experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets,” Obama said. “While this loss is raw and painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.”
I’m not sure what more he can say, short of threatening military action. From what I’ve gathered from my Twitter stream, however, a lot of people are still not satisfied.