Tomorrow: Worldwide Demonstrations For The Iranian People

Tomorrow, Saturday July 25, demonstrations will be held in over 105 cities, from six continents, to protest the Iranian government's brutal crackdown, in the aftermath of the recent election. This is a cause that should unite us all, including our Republican lurkers. It is not about lobbying various governments, and it is not about lobbying our own government. It is a statement by people for the people of Iran. Click this link, to find out where and when demonstrations will be held.

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Israel-Azerbaijan partnership: unlikely partnership in the face of Iranian Extremism

President Shimon Peres of Israel recently visited the small former Soviet but Muslim Republic of Azerbaijan, in addition to the eternally-famous-for-Borat Kazakhstan.

Was Peres, even in front of the backdrop of Palestinian plight well received? You betcha!

A lot of things unite us," he said. "Azerbaijan manifests tolerance and respect to the point where Jews, Muslims and Christians can live without hatred and fanaticism. That is why [Azerbaijan] for me is a special country which I can trust. This country has its own cultural roots. Oil can be bought, but culture needs to be created.

"Azerbaijan is a small nation. Both Azerbaijan and Israel face the same problem: how can a small nation become great? You can become great regardless of the size of your territory if you accept all the riches of modern science and technology."

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Mr. President, why is Europe taking a stronger stance on Iran than you are?

Mr. President, you are the elected "leader of the free world." But why are you not leading? Why is Europe, the continent we freed of fascism and communism, owning you on this?:

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Public Stands with Obama, Not Cons, on Iran

Conservatives, and the few remaining neoconservatives specifically, have not liked Barack Obama's response to the situation in Iran, beseeching the President to take a stronger role in trying to undermine the Iranian regime under the assumption that American involvement would help rather than hinder the opposition. (They might want to go back and read Stephen Kinzer's "All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror" to get a sense of the how Iranians perceptions of American involvement in their internal politics changed when the U.S. helped overthrow the Democratic leader of the country more than a half century ago.) But almost as amazing as the strained logic used by those on the right to hit President Obama is the fact that the American people just aren't buying it.

More than eight in ten questioned in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released Monday, think the election results released by the Iranian government were a fraud, with just one in ten believing the results were accurate. But only three in ten respondents say they are personally outraged by the results, with another 55 percent upset by not outraged.

Most Americans approve of how President Obama's handled the situation. And 74 percent think the U.S. government should not directly intervene in the post-election crisis, with one out of four feeling that Washington should openly support the demonstrators who are protesting the election results.

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Even though nearly eight in ten consider Iran a serious or moderate threat, the poll suggests that a vast majority of Americans, 82 percent, don't think the government should take military action against Iran.

Following the coverage of the administration's response to the situation in Iran, one might come away with the sense that the public is evenly divided, or at least closely divided, on the topic. Not so much. Though it may not bear out in the news, neoconservatism simply is not an ideology in which Americans put faith anymore. Instead, wide majorities of the country stand firmly along with Barack Obama in the more realist camp -- a group that includes more than a 4-in-5 majority opposing military action against Iran.

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Iran's Future

A terrific op-ed by Roger Cohen on Iran, The End of the Beginning. It seems to me, that Obama has come onto the scene with some strong words with pretty good timing, with keeping in mind the sort of in-fighting that Charles mentions earlier today, and the fact that we will likely see more marches pretty soon.

I've only had time to watch a few videos and read a few Twitter posts on the story, having been consumed with some other projects recently, but imagine if the regime topples in Iran. Now that would be incredible.

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