Critics of Obama's response to the crisis in Iran

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Iranian family charged "bullet fee" to get dead son's body

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

This sounds like something from a Chris Rock comedy routine.  From the Wall Street Journal:

TEHRAN—The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing. A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails. The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed.

Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran's morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour.

On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.

Upon learning of his son's death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a "bullet fee"—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.


{;-) Dan in Miami



The critics forget who it was who installed the Shah

Coaster's picture

But I'll bet the Iranians haven't forgotten. We certainly, given our history of deposing a duly elected government of Iran, should be cautious in our statements.

I didn't realize Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina and part-time Mr. Rogers impersonator, was running for president already. "Can you say 'failure'? I knew you could."

It won't be that long

RidingFool's picture

before America needs all of its bullets to shoot itself out of the debt it will eventually discover it is in, courtesy of the country's crazed attention to every little sand-flea that comes along.


I heard that the Rock has opened again. Have you been, Coaster?

No, but I'll be there Saturday AND Sunday

Coaster's picture

It's Oklahoma Bike Week in Sparks. I'll be stopping there for lunch on Saturday and again for breakfast on Sunday morning. This Satuday, the biker meet is having 12 mixed martial arts fights. I've got a reserved seat. There's also dollar beers. I'm sure I can find a fair hot dog somewhere if I get hungry between lunch and breakfast.

La bonita

RidingFool's picture

isn't a huge fan of sitting on the back of a bike and contemplating life, so I've been remiss in riding this season. A spring and summer diversion is just what I've needed to get me out of the rut I have of late found myself in, and is filling my hours with new people and ideas.

Once I get her broken to the saddle, all bets are off. She has a passion for life I haven't seen in years, consequently I find myself waking to each new day with a renewed zest for a long and fruitful life.

Her ass ain't all that bad either.

The Daily show is having a

jazzdrive3's picture

The Daily show is having a good series about Iran. It's doing a good of showing how westernized most of the population really is. Humanizing them.

This whole Iran thing is a farce in the making even larger than Iraq.

Lindsay Graham

gamerarocks's picture

needs to take a basic history class.  With America's track record in things Muslim, Persian, and electoral, Obama has grasped the concept that the nation doesn't need to do any more than he is for the time being.  Graham (who'd be a McCain counselor at the very least) would have the troops in Iraq and Afganistan on the Iranian border.  Let the Euros scream a bit and let the Muslim world see that America doesn't have to pontificate and sabre-rattle every time the results and activities in other countries don't go the way we want.  Freedom doesn't mean conformity to yours, mine, or anyone elses way of thinking.

Mr Graham, could you please refresh my memory as to your take on Hamas winning the Palestinian election Mr Bush arranged?  Thanks.

Impeach Jim Gibbons!


The Iranian officals said there were no irregularities in the...

Rajah's picture

voting. The election turned out just the way they wanted.

Obama is right, we should stay out of it. U.S. involvement would only make matters worse. They already think we're behind the protests anyway.

There isn't that much that the US can do

FearlessFreep's picture

At least Obama can steer clear of "rhetoric as policy."


I'm curious as to what exactly the Republicans....

Rajah's picture

want Obama to do, threaten to invade if Iran doesn't shape up?

The Reps want him to screw up...

scarlet_ohara's picture


Obama really can't interfere with the election. How would America have taken it if another country had interfered with the sometimes suspicious, possibly corrupt, American presidential election of 2000?


There were some pretty odd things that happened then.... and this was in America. Still, the other countries let us work out our own issues.

What these critics prove

FearlessFreep's picture

The Cold War is undead. (Only the enemy has changed.)


Here's an Iranian's view on McCain critizing Obama

Rajah's picture

Sign the Iran protest petition

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

Obama may be limited in what he can say but we are not.  Please click on this link and sign the petition to protest the Iranian election results.

{;-) Dan in Miami

Did you know?

FearlessFreep's picture

Iran is as multiethnic a nation as the US.  Barely half the population is ethnic Persians.  About a quarter are Azeris, a Turkic people who also live in Azerbaijan. Other minorities include Kurds, Armenians, Arabs and Jews.


So only Iran can Meddle in the affairs of other countries?

Anonymous's picture

And the US can't do anything to counter its influence? I find that line of thinking naive and idealistic. Obama should highlight the events in Iran as examples of fascism and oppression and call the Iranian Mullahs hypocrites....

Will the (insane) circle be unbroken?

michael3b's picture

Call them names?  Nice.

Let me tell you a secret: the world already knows these things- and the mullahs could not care any less.  Are you prepared to go to war?  If not, I'd keep it down.

Here's another secret:  When a lucid person argues with the insane no one can tell which is whom.



War? Jeez....

Anonymous's picture

No, 3b, I'm not prepared for war. But war does not have to result by taking an opposing position in the eyes of the rest of the world. Obama should use this opportunity to build up Iran's weaknesses and thereby smudge a bit of its world PR.

Ok, may I looked further into your post than was necessary.

michael3b's picture

But with whom does Iran have good PR?  Whenever the world talks of Iran they say "educated peopl.  horrible gov't." Piling on will do nothing except incite people to stand up to people with guns and bats.  Fine, but what then? What happens once they start being gunned down?

And why all the focus on elections that were a sham from the outset?  The Mullahs, and not the president, have their finger on the nuke trigger.

It isn't so much that the US can't interfere

FearlessFreep's picture

It's more that they're no good at it.


And around, and around, and around, and around we go

gamerarocks's picture

Yeah that's the ticket.  Set up a government in Iraq and let the them see that the US will meddle in their affairs ad infinitum.  Just cause things don't go smoothly and according to a hoped-for plan doesn't mean much of anything.  By the way, how much are the hypocrits and so called fascists making off the American embassy in Tehran?

Impeach Jim Gibbons!


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