Trita Parsi on Obama’s Iran Comments

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:35 am

After two days of criticism that he should explicitly side with the Iranian opposition, President Obama yesterday said he was “deeply troubled” by the Iranian regime’s willingness to resort to violence, and while it’s “up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be,” he believes “the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.” Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council — whose blog has been a valuable resource for getting information from and about the opposition — told me that the president’s comment was “completely on point.” Obama took a “strong stand for human rights, free speech and the [cessation] of violence,” Parsi said, while at the same time making “sure that the issue is Iran, not the U.S.,” and in particular “electoral fraud, and the rights of the people to get their votes counted.”

Now, irony is when someone who helped broker the sale of American weapons to the Iranian government calls someone else “a leading apologist for the regime,” but if you read my colleague David Weigel’s piece today about conservative advice for Obama on Iran, you noticed that Michael Ledeen said exactly that about Parsi. Dismissing Parsi’s argument that external rhetorical support for the opposition could be used against it by Ahmadinejad, Ledeen told Weigel, “Why would a statement supporting the freedom of the Iranian people undermine the movement?”

Parsi said he wouldn’t reply to personal attacks. But he said, “no serious human rights actvist has gone out and supported making the U.S. the issue in the election,” since real human rights activists support “condemning the use of violence” by the regime. “What these conservatives are saying — they’ve got no track record of supporting real human rights in Iran, and are only seeking to advance their own agenda” by making “the U.S. part of the issue,” Parsi said. “They pretend to speak in favor of the protesters without ever considering what the Iranian people want. And the people who brought us the Iraq war don’t have a leg to stand on on this issue.”

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14 Comments

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Truth Teller
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 11:46 am

Trita Parsi is an agent of the IRI regime.


Truth Teller
Comment posted June 18, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

Trita Parsi is an agent of the IRI regime.


behnaz1949
Comment posted July 13, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

IRANIAN WANT REGIME CHANGE AND THEY WILL MAKE OUR BELOVED COUNTRY IRAN FREE OF THESE CRIMINALS WHO DESTROYED PEOPLE LIVES, KILLED TOO MANY WITHOUT ANY COURT OR LAWYER, ABOVE ALL , THEY HAVE SOLD PART OF OUR NATURAL WEALTH TO ABROAD, INCLUDING RUSSIA. BUNCH OF CORRUPTS AND CRIMINALS ARE RULING IN IRAN.

TRITA PARSI HAS NO RIGHT TO TALK ON BEHALF OF IRANIAN. HE IS NOT OUR REPRESENTATIVE. EVEN DOES NOT ANALYZE CORRECTLY ABOUT HIS OWN COUNTRY.
THANK YOU


awiseguy
Comment posted July 28, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

IRAN and DAMAGE CONTROL: People need bread and play to remain calm! Scaring the masses of people will not alone keep them in check! Giving them a feeling of winning, a clear appearance of “CHANGE” (similar to the US with the election of OBAMA) will calm them down. But due to the lack of a “safety vent” to air ideas the win must now bring the people a big enough bounty (CHANGE) to be felt as success and calm the suppressed aggression of the masses! The longer you wait, the further demands of change, until the mass of people is out of control and revolution is a fact!


rostam
Comment posted November 20, 2009 @ 6:52 am

Trita parsi is working for Islamic hard-liners agenda in the long run.
He accuses anyone questioning him for being “neocon” while he himself is the Islamic version of it at best.
Study his political moves and learn. Follow NIAC and learn about the art of deception and manipulation.
They have now infiltrated deeply into white house and state department.
While American boys are getting killed in Iraq the real insurgent are mingling with naive Americans in D.C.


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