Two stories today show a remarkable contrast between how President Trump reacted to protests in Iran and how former President Obama largely ignored them. In regards to Obama the Jerusalem Post wrote that it was “the biggest failure to help human rights in modern history.”
The Trump administration is lobbying countries around the world to support protesters in Iran as violent demonstrations intensify, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
“We are encouraging all nations around the world to publicly condemn the government violence and to support the legitimate, basic rights of those protesting,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, told the outlet.
“We know that the [Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps] plays a big role in the decisions and actions of the government,” he added — and pushed back on the notion that backing the protesters would only give ammunition to the regime.
President Barack Obama chose not to support massive 2009 protests in Iran because he wanted to reach a nuclear deal “at pretty much any cost,” former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren charged.
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Oren, who now serves as a deputy minister in Israel’s Knesset, said Obama claimed he would not support the so-called 2009 Green Movement because the CIA helped overthrow nationalist Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953 — and he wanted to show the Iranian people he respected their sovereignty.
Obama’s failure to help reform-minded Iranian protesters has long been criticized by Israeli officials, led by Jewish Agency chairman and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who called it the biggest failure to help human rights in modern history, The Jerusalem Post reported.
January 2, 2018 InAmerica