Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Doctors and Nurses Join the Protests and the Media Crackdown Intensifies

Doctors and nurses have started to protest in Tehran over the recent murders:

Glenn Greenwald wonders what would have happened if those who had wanted to bomb Iran had had their way:

Much of the same faction now claiming such concern for the welfare of The Iranian People are the same people who have long been advocating a military attack on Iran and the dropping of large numbers of bombs on their country -- actions which would result in the slaughter of many of those very same Iranian People. During the presidential campaign, John McCain infamously sang about Bomb, Bomb, Bomb-ing Iran. The Wall St. Journal published a war screed from Commentary's Norman Podhoretz entitled "The Case for Bombing Iran," and following that, Podhoretz said in an interview that he "hopes and prays" that the U.S. "bombs the Iranians." John Bolton and Joe Lieberman advocated the same bombing campaign, while Bill Kristol -- with typical prescience -- hopefully suggested that Bush might bomb Iran if Obama were elected. Rudy Giuliani actually said he would be open to a first-strike nuclear attack on Iran in order to stop their nuclear program.

Imagine how many of the people protesting this week would be dead if any of these bombing advocates had their way -- just as those who paraded around (and still parade around) under the banner of Liberating the Iraqi People caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of them, at least. Hopefully, one of the principal benefits of the turmoil in Iran is that it humanizes whoever the latest Enemy is.

Meanwhile, the crackdown on foreign media is beginning to intensify. From CBS:

Iran's hard-line regime, starting to show stress under the mounting pressure of massive opposition rallies, has told foreign media that if they're seen on the streets of Tehran today with a camera, they will be arrested.

Jadi tweets:

Mousavi and Karroubi announced that they will only accept the nullification of the elections and nothing else. #iranelection

IranRiggedElect tweets:

a state TV employee: Gun shooting sound is heard near Jaame jam building#iranelection

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