- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Even as the mullahs in Iran slam the door on the international media, we have seen a glimpse of what awaits the Iranians protesting in the streets and demonstrating for freedom. For years, the official position of the United States has been a wait-and-see strategy. Overt intervention against Iran’s repressive theocracy was placed on the back burner for one reason: There was evidence that the people of Iran were so unsatisfied with their government that they might take action themselves against that tyrannical regime.

Indeed, as the recent “elections” in Iran provoked open resistance to the nation’s fanatical leaders, the United States saw its strategy coming to fruition. Outside military intervention might be unnecessary, as the Iranian people themselves, in the tradition of our own Revolution, seemed poised to take possession of their liberty.

All the United States had to do to contribute in a positive way to the liberation of Iran would have been to take a symbolic stand with the Iranian freedom fighters being murdered in the streets. Those protestors bore signs written in English — a direct appeal to English-speaking nations for support. No troops would be necessary, no infusion of billions of tax dollars — just some encouraging words for liberty and democracy.

However, those words didn’t come. Instead, our administration took a position of neutrality. All of those years of waiting for the Iranian people to speak up, all of the Iranians who were repressed, all of their suffering — it all may have been for naught, as the United States shamefully missed the opportunity to side with the freedom fighters.

ROBERT DI STEFANO

Abingdon, Md.

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