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Begining of the end? Obama international love fest over

I’m not saying that the international love fest for Obama is over, just that if the end was going to begin somewhere, it was probably going to start in Iran.

Some hardline demonstrators in Tehran got together in front of the Swiss Embassy early today in support of the people of Gaza – or was it in support of Hamas in Gaza… Not quite sure.

Iranian protesters back Gaza and burn Obama picture
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Dozens of Iranians burnt posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Tehran on Tuesday and waved Palestinian flags in support of Gaza, according to a witness and photographs.

Iranian demonstrators have often burnt effigies or pictures of U.S. presidents in protests. This appeared to be the first time Obama’s picture had been defaced so publicly, a week before his inauguration as president.

Iran has condemned the West, and the United States in particular, for not doing more to stop Israel’s attacks on Gaza. The 18-day-old offensive, which Israel says is to stop rockets being fired at it, has killed more than 900 Palestinians.

The report indicates “dozens” of protesters were involved – a small number – but my point is Obama will not be an immediate Saviour to the world. Terrorists will not give up. Extremism will live on.

Hamas – and other terror organizations – wanted Obama to win not because they were certain he would bring peace to the world, rather they had a hunch that it would be easier for them to terrorize the world with Obama in power instead of a hawk.

Either way, George W. Bush no longer seems to be the target, it’s Obama with a blood filled mouth, being burned and run over by ugly little cars in Iran today.

Update: Malkin writes

If someone burned a flag with Obama’s face on it in America, liberals would be demanding a hate crime prosecution.

But if it’s Hamas sympathizers burning Obama flags to protest Israel, well, they deserve our “empathy.”

The Reuters images at Yahoo! news are located here, but here are a few of fair use images.

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Reagan didn’t need to be tested

After Biden’s comment about Obama being tested within the first six months if elected, I noted that the vice presidential candidate mentioned Kennedy – most likely referring to the Cuban missile Crisis – but didn’t mention other more recent presidents that were tested.

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Iran tests new weapon, can close Straight of Hormuz – US tests weapon, can reopen Straight – and make it wider

More posturing from the Iranian dictator-at-large. Six world powers simply asked Iran to stop enriching uranium. They won’t stop, and this is the set up to test the new president of the United States.

We might have some more rhetoric babbled from the United Nations over the next few months – with strong words that again demand that Iran stop messing with nukes – but nothing will happen until at least next spring when the new administration is in place. After all, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad knows that he’s safe; nobody has the guts to actually go forward with knocking his block off. Read more

Obama suggests international community buy off Iran

How else can you put it? When I first read the Reuters story, I thought that his position on Iran going nuclear sounded a lot like our current administration’s position on Iran going nuclear.

During his visit to Israel, Obama spoke with a group of reporters and let them know – in no uncertain terms – that Iran becoming a nuclear power would be a “grave threat.” This international policy answer seems to come from the buy-them-off-at-any-price chapter. Read more

Obsessions of Another Kind

In the Boston Globe June 24, H.D.S Greenway writes Obsessing About Iran, in which he refers to the Bush White House as “…talking itself into attacking Iran”, Robert Gates at Defense as “…not the attack dog that”…”Donald Rumsfeld was”, Dick Cheney as “…our supernationalist vice president” and president Bush as retaining “…his messianic streak”.

The author managed to get all of that in before explaining what he’s writing against and why. I hesitate to take issue with H.D.S. Greeway as I start out behind one initial, but here goes. Read more