Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama administration's quickest response to date

On Sunday, a suicide bomb in Iran's southeast killed at least 42 people including five senior officers of the Republican Guard (IRG) and injured many others.  From the Wall Street Journal:
The attack took place in the Sistan-Baluchistan province, a region long plagued by Sunni insurgents who have in the past targeted Iranian soldiers and Revolutionary Guard officers. But Sunday's violence comes as Tehran struggles on another front: keeping a lid on protests and opposition activities across the country after contested presidential elections in June.
Within hours, the Obama State Department issued a statement condemning the attack.
"We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives," State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement.
Wow.  That was quick.  It took President Obama two days to give an unemotional and stilted condemnation of the murder of Neda on a Tehran street.  After Russian forces invaded a military base in the Georgian city of Senaki, candidate Obama strolled out to the driveway of his Hawaii vacation home and urged "restraint" on both sides. Now the administration issues a swift rebuke to these suicide bombers.  What's the rush, Mr. President?  Oh, I think I know.  Here's the rest of the statement from Mr. Kelly:
"Reports of alleged US involvement are completely false," he added.
They want to make absolutely sure that Ahmadinejad doesn't blame Obama for killing five ruthless terrorists responsible for extinguishing dissent within Iran's borders, controlling the outcomes of its elections, training and supporting Hezollah, and arming Shiite militias to kill American soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Don't get me wrong.  I deplore terrorism in any form, and regret the deaths of innocent civilians. But the civilized world will not miss these five IRG officers.

Here's more from Rick Moran at American Thinker.

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