Biden is faster and further than Obama in Iran protests
Women’s rights protests spreading like wildfire across Iran have presented President BidenWith a familiar conundrum How, when, and how much should you support demonstrations in Islamic Republic?. What are the lessons to be learned? Barack Obama’s reaction to similar unrest in 2009.
Republicans condemned the U.S. response they called a milquetoast back then. In 2012, the Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWove denunciations of Obama’s caution into his broader criticisms of the incumbent’s management of foreign policy.
The Biden response already seems to be going further, faster.Senior officials from Biden to the top have condemned the government’s crackdown on the movement. This was triggered by the death last week of a woman who had been accused of improperly covering her hair.
Mahsa AminiAfter being held by the so-called “Secret Police”, he died Friday. “morality police.”Since then, Women from all parts of Iran have shown their support.Many of these women have posted videos on social media showing them cutting their hair and burning the hijab headscarf as a protest.
Iran has imposed Internet blackout near totalThis is likely to be an attempt to make it more difficult for protesters to organize. Some protesters According to reports, they have been killedIn clashes with paramilitary and police forces, hundreds were also injured.
- “Today, we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights,”Biden spoke Wednesday to world leaders who were attending the U.N. General Assembly.
The U.S. will be hosting a Thursday event Sanctions were imposed on the morality officersCall them “responsible” for Amini’s death, as well as seven senior Iranian security officials, citing “abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protestors.”
Friday will see the Treasury Department Modified U.S. Sanctionsto allow technology companies to counter the Iranian government’s Internet surveillance and lockdown.
“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter the government’s efforts to surveil and censor them,”Wally Adeyemo (Deputy Secretary of Treasury) said. These steps are just the beginning.
Top officials including Secretary of State have condemned the crackdown on demonstrators and offered support to them. Antony BlinkenTreasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen, Biden national security advisor Jake SullivanOther. (Vice President Harris is the only person who has not yet spoken out.
A significant difference in 13 years
The Biden response — expressing support for the protesters in unflinching terms, condemning the government response, imposing sanctions — This has outpacedThe manner in which the administration in his position as vice president dealt with the so-called Green Revolution thirteen years ago.
“Quite simply it’s good politics and policy,” Aaron David MillerThe Daily 202 was informed by a former adviser to the administration of both Middle East parties for many decades. “Given the hammering the Administration took politically for not responding aggressively enough to the 2009 protests, it didn’t want to be put in that position again.”
The issue was then a June 13th election that authorities declared had returned President Mahmoud AhmadinejadTo power. Amid credible allegations of fraud, his rivals’ supporters took to the streets. His supporters staged counterprotests. The government also reprimanded the anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators.
- Obama wasn’t silent, but it wasn’t until June 23 — and after many calls to toughen his rhetoric — that he declared himself “appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments”This he (more importantly). Directly and unmistakably linked to Iranian officials.
Obama’s recurring concernThe extent to which American support might be counterproductive was what had been the issue. Tehran has room to blame protests fueled by anger at social repression, a terrible economy on an external power and social repressionIt was once Helped overthrow an Iranian government.
“It is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be,”He stated that in his June 15th statement, he added that He wanted “to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran.” (Iran’s government still blamed “Western-backed rioters”For the violence.
My colleague Karen DeYoung reported Wednesday’s Iranian President Ebrahim RaisiHis general assembly speech slammed Western critics.
“Without mentioning the protests, Raisi said Iran ‘rejects the double standards’ of some governments on human rights. In particular, he mentioned Canada’s discovery of the graves of Native children who died in government-mandated schools after being removed from their families, and children who were ‘locked up in cages’ by the United States after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.”
My colleague Kareem Fahim reported last week on Amini’s death and sketched this picture of the division blamed for her demise:
“The headscarf and other conservative dress, known as hijab, have been compulsory for women since Iran’s 1979 revolution. Raisi, a hard line cleric who assumed office last year, has called for strict enforcement of the dress codes. The guidance patrols have become increasingly assertive of late, with their distinctive green-striped vans featured in a series of videos that have gone viral online and provoked anger — including one from last month that appeared to show a detained woman being thrown from a speeding van.”
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Biden will leave White House at 12:25 pm for a Democratic National Committee event held at the National Education Association headquarters, where he will make remarks at 1 pm.
Biden will be returning to the White House at 1:15 p.m.
Jill Biden, President and First Lady of the United States, will host and make remarks at an Elton John musical performance at 8 p.m.
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