Neda Agha Soltan

WARNING, very graphic and disturbing.

Her name was Neda Agha Soltan.

There are credible reports (including a video) that Neda was watching a demonstration from some distance. She was a target of opportunity for a Basij thug, old enemies of America.

It becomes more difficult to remain merely “very concerned,” because as President Obama said, “the world is watching.” And it is not just Iran being watched.

“Martyr” is a word casually tossed around by Iran’s Supreme Leader. May he live to regret having created a true martyr. This woman deserves to be remembered. And avenged.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i is afraid. There is a rumor that a memorial service planned for today was canceled by Iranian authorities.

If the Iranian Tyranny is overthrown this young woman’s death will have played a major role.

Update 10:17AM Some reports have her last name as Soltani.

Helping Iran

Dr. Michael Ledeen at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: How Should We Help Iran? Read the whole thing. Here are abbreviated points:

1. The single most important thing is to get accurate information to the Iranian people about what is going on inside Iran.

2. We should be able to get some working satellite phones into the country, so that people can call out with up-to-date information, which we could then turn around and broadcast back to the Iranians.

3. Internet continues to work, despite regime filtering. A lot of Iranians are beating the censors by using a website that was set up to beat the Chinese filters…
…Help those people.

4. Build a strike fund for Iranian workers. And get them food for their kids. Jimmy Hoffa, you listening?

5. Call, courage and clarity from our leaders. Above all, from Obama and Hillary. Constant denunciation of the oppression and slaughter of innocent people in Iran, constant appeals to the “universal values” for which we all stand.

Mr. President, are you listening? Please?

The fierce complacency of amoral pragmatism

Recommended reading on Our President’s reaction to the protests in Iran.

Mark Steyn: Iran neutrality no option for Obama

For the Obama administration, this presents a particular challenge – because the president’s preferred rhetorical tic is to stake out the two sides and present himself as a dispassionate, disinterested soul of moderation: “There are those who would argue…” on the one hand, whereas “there are those who insist…” on the other, whereas he is beyond such petty dogmatic positions.

Charles Krauthammer: Obama Clueless on Iran

All hangs in the balance. The Khamenei regime is deciding whether to do a Tiananmen. And what side is the Obama administration taking? None. Except for the desire that this “vigorous debate” (press secretary Robert Gibbs’ disgraceful euphemism) over election “irregularities” not stand in the way of U.S.-Iranian engagement on nuclear weapons.

Obama’s coolth depends on appearing to float above controversy, and that legend is more important to him than any other consideration whatsoever.

Grass Mud Horses in Iran

The Grass Mud Horse is a Chinese dissident construct representing those who resist authoritarian censorship, particularly censorship of the Internet. The horses are visiting Iran. You can help them.

Twitter is a major communication resource for Iranian protesters. Twitter has delayed a major software patch to their service so as not to interrupt this communication. Because Twitter is an aid to the protests and in getting information out of Iran, the Iranian intelligence services are attempting to use it to entrap dissidents. You can do a little thing that might help. From Wired:

Help cover the [Iranian] bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

Also, change your location if you filled it in. Pass this on – via email, not Twitter – to other twits you know.

An amusing bit here about the cyber battle in Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Photoshop Guards still can’t get it right.

Obambi’s open hand slapped

Hungary 1956. Prague 1968. Tiananmen Square 1989. The only thing missing in Tehran are the Communist tanks.

Our President broke 3 days of silence on the Iranian election fraud today. Maybe it was pictures of people being murdered by the Quds Force and their ilk that bestirred him.

Barack Obama is “deeply troubled” by violence in Iran. He urged the Iranian theocracy to “respect free speech and the democratic process.” He promised to continue pursuing “tough dialogue” with Iran.

Where’s Jimmy Carter when you need him?

Some good coverage here and here.