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Unimaginable Horror In Tehran Today

Iran has executed its Tiananmen Square. Baharestan Square has become synonymous with barbarity, cruelty, massacre and inhumanity.

An Iranian blogger (whose URL I will not publish) live blogging from Baharestan Square in central Tehran today captures but brief glimpses of the unimaginable horror that took place today. Bus loads of protesters were stopped and unloaded from their buses by "black-clad police" and literally herded. When the massing was sufficient, as the barely controllably distraught Tehran caller to CNN described first hand, hundreds of the regime's Basij thugs poured out of an adjoining mosque and commenced a massacre with axes, clubs, guns and gas.

From the live blogger's eyewitness account:

>More than 10.000 Bassij Milittias get position in Central Tehran, including Baharestan Sq.
>Army Helycopters flying over Baharestan and Vali Asr Sq.
>The streets, squares and around BAHARESTAN (Approx. South-eastern of Tehran) is swarming with military forces, civilian forces, the security motorists
>The croud have moved to the south of baharestan, the situation is bad, the shooting has started
>In Baharestan Sq. in the Police shooting, A girl is shot and the police is not allowing to let them help
>In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping people like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher

This is the Iranian regime, wading into its own unarmed people and axing them to death, bludgeoning women (seen as the greatest threat to the regime) and throwing them to their deaths from pedestrian bridges. The same Iranian regime whose embassy officials are invited to American embassies around the world to celebrate on July 4th, of all things, a successful revolution.

This frantic phone call from a Tehran woman will break your heart as you consider our standard response has been "that there are sets of international norms and principles about violence" and that "the international community is watching." Part of yesterday's response by President Obama in a press conference included "that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy (of the Iranian regime) and prosperity for the Iranian people. We hope they take it." The Iranian theocratic regime clearly is not interested.

There should not be - nor should have ever been - invitations to the ruthless Iranian regime's international ambassadors to celebrate anything with us, anywhere, unless it is an invitation to a tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity.

To my intelligent friends who have been arguing the logic of our president's near silence on the issue of Iran - and not without merit on certain points - you can disengage from me now. I will entertain none of it any longer.

This is an axe wound, just one, doled out by the regime's thug basiji animals on Saturday, June 20, 2009.

axe-wound.jpg

This was a brutal murder of an assuredly unarmed protester of the up-close-and-personal variety. An act, and one not isolated, which requires the presence of inhumane malice and aggression and the absence of humanity. The traits required for massacres upon the unarmed. There is no nuance, no logical approach, no deft explanation that covers near silence and inadequate, tepid condemnation of the meekest sort. To decline any mention of possible repercussions on the regime for these acts "because we don't know how this is going to turn out" is moral cowardice of the highest order. Look at the picture above and listen to the frantic woman calling in to CNN again. They seem to "know how this is going to turn out."

There is a way to condemn a regime axing its citizens in the streets of Tehran and other cities across Iran without "making this about the US." You, and our president, are intelligent men and women and lacking no gifts of speech and prose. Find what's missing. Each of you frustrate and sadden me. Argue your eloquent points elsewhere. My ears are deaf as of now.

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I have signed the UN petition,gone on marches, contacted the UN and the White House requesting some type of intervention by the the UN to stop this horror. What else can I do?
Thank you, Marilyn

The photo of the man is not from today, it's from at least 5 days ago,

صلح و شانس را به مردم ایران

I resent your moral snobbery. Everyone is appalled by this, as much as you. You don't have some monopoly while the 'eloquent' wishy washy types care less (which you are plainly implying). People in power might feel that their words, right or wrong, will be used by the authorities in Iran as a lever to act against their people. You've been paying attention so you know that this was an astute prediction. People take a stance that they want to act in the way that will have the best, or least bad, result. Blunt brawn in response is not likely to be that. It's a fact that we all probably don't know what to do, but taking the simple pose of 'we must act agressively' 'we must bark loud disapproval', just so you don't have to admit you don't know either, just so there is a clear (not necessarily best) response, is only saving your own face, and not necessarily thinking enough about the consequences in the long run for the people over there fighting. We 'eloquent' namby pamby types understood well before the Iraq invasion that it meant thousands of deaths of innocent people whose lives we didn't have the right to sacrifice. Yes, we'd like to 'come down' on the Iran regime and make it all nice, but it isn't so simple. Yes, we don't know what to do, because we admit the truth, that it isn't simple enough for a human mind to do it, or so quickly, or so simply as you seem to want it to be. Your kind of wanting to jump to a simpler, 'bolder' response is the kind of thing that will lead to the death of many more people. Yes, we must say what we think, and act, but not coarsely. I respect your emotion about this, but not the fact that you don't really seem to be considering other people enough, or to respect the fact that those you disagree with are considering the consequences very carefully. We are all engaged in our own way, doing our thing, taking it carefully and not jumping the gun, knowing that stronger responses might have to come, but not too soon, or too clumsily, or simply counterproductively, and we all care, not just you. Your desire to disengage seems similar to a desire to simply enjoy your angry 'taking no shit' from the Iran regime, without really having the subtlety to think through the consequences for the people you say you're thinking about.

صلح و شانس را به مردم ایران

In the face of this, what consequences for the Iranian people could be magnified by unequivocal condemnation? Perhaps fewer merciful guns and more barbarians with axes?

I am in no way implying that my friends, whom I disagree with passionately but in no way dislike, do not care. Nor am I saying such about the President. Or you.

I am saying that continuing to look for reasons to applaud near silence as strategic genius is a fool's errand and has a counterproductive effect of applying a sense of isolation to those whom we support.

Are the Iranian people being axed, bludgeoned and shot so stupid that they would suddenly come to a realization that this is all about the US?

The bottom photo has been around for several days. It appears to show a body after attempted surgery. The victim may have been shot, and the attempt was made to remove the bullet and repair the damage. Note the central line in the chest near the shoulder. This is probably not an axe assault.

Thanks for the additional information. I read and analyze a specific Twitter channel every day, and today it made me really wonder. How bad can it get over there? To have trained a swarm of black clad thugs to do the things described and for those men to have actually carried out orders to chop through their own people is a sign of desolation. How deep does the evil go? It is a deep circle of Dante's Hell reserved for men who betray their own countrymen.

It is way beyond being about the U.S. The regime will continue to murder thousands if they decide to. We're dealing with a mad regime. They will murder as many as they can on their way out. The United Nation's armed forces must step in.

Many Americans are confused about the following:

We see and hear Protesters saying to stay out of this, it has nothing to do with the US and our involvement would be the worst thing we could do.

Them, we hear that our President is sitting doing nothing and the US should be involved.

Many want to know which desire is true?

We want desperately to know how to help or what is best, but there seem to be conflicting opinions from the protesters.

I am not sure what should be done but it has to be now. These are people fighting for the rights we have here and they are being butchered in the streets. Looks like the same killers that butchered people in Africa and left them dead and maimed. what kind of mind set is this? We can not let these people down and i am sure there are some brilliant minds in the west that could figure out a plan.

I agree, there should be no invitation of any type, it comes off as pandering, and it's always empty rhetoric in the eyes of this barbarian regime anyways.

It's a good thing that Islam is a "Religion of Peace", or the Iranian people would be really in danger from those in charge of it.

Fascism is as Fascism does.

Davess is a blowhard. All of what he or she wrote could have been done in a simple two or three sentence paragraph. I chuckle when I think about his or her overblown criticism as it is very much like the person (our weak-kneed President) that Davess seems to be supporting. Nobody was implying anything other than the President should have CONDEMNED the violence that was being perpetrated against the Iranian people. It's as simple as that.

Another thought; I just have to wonder about people like Davess, and how they would feel if, for instance, he or she was the caller in your video. That poor lady was pleading for some kind of international help knowing full well that the demonstrators are unarmed, and that the theocracy has now qualms of killing people who according to the constitution of Iran, have a right to protest peacefully. The simple barbarity of the regime requires a strong response, not some tepid slap on the wrist.

What harm could the Supreme Leader possibly suffer by allowing the protesters to demonstrate peacefully? Surely there is no God that condones or forgives the brutal murderous rampage that the Supreme Leader has unleashed on his fellow citizens; men women and children. Surely he is the Supreme Leader from Hell.

Thank you davess for your words; so thoughtful and clear. For the last couple of days every site you go to, everyone seems to be spreading either fear or anger; in such state we cannot consider things clearly, and this is NOT what the ppl in Iran need either. Your words reminds me of what i read earlier today at:
http://anoniran.blogspot.com/2009/06/message-to-international-community-from.html

PLZ pay attention to this note from Iran and to what Iranian ppl consider their best.

We are not silent, but simply as the people of our nations outside Iran there is not a lot we can do. All we can do is what we have done until now, petition the United Nations, keep the news of these tragic events flowing, and try as hard as we have been to keep the Iranian people connected to the rest of the world. Without that, Iran would surely be plunged into darkness by the authorities and ignored. Your responses are in themselves frustrating and saddening. Short of the people of nations outside of Iran getting on planes and flying in with sticks, what the hell do you want? True that we live with the gift of freedom and free speech, but we do not control our governments. We cannot make decisions for them, we can only try to influence them. Realise that nations like the USA have been criticised time and time again for their intervention in foreign affairs, and the ONE time the USA has a president that considers his actions for all, the USA is criticised again. I'm not American, so don't take this as an American stance. I'm just telling you as it is. A resolution WILL come. The UN WILL get involved, but for the sake of EVERYBODY neither the UN nor the USA can simply jump the gun and come to Iran with guns blazing. This has been proved over, and over again.

Noooo.....I saw this photo over the weekend, so it's not from "today."

He may have been axed and I wondered what kind of instrument was used when I first saw this.

Thanks Barack, You had a chance to reverse Carter's mistake, that lost Iran, You've prob. lost it for another 30.... Idiot.

It says that right above it, (photo from Saturday, June 20, 2009)

This isn't about the USA. It's about people who have been pushed to the tipping point. That point being a rigged election .People that have been oppressed , who refuse to be subjugated anymore. They want freedom.

The world will quickly forget what a real Islamic fanatic will do to people.

It's easy to fantasize being Superman, with the ability to go in and stop the badguys without also killing even more innocents. But the last six years have shown that whoever is President, the armed might of the U.S. is a very blunt instrument that when deployed destroys the guilty and innocent alike.

Come up with a better plan.

U.N. NEEDS TO STEP IN!!!!

The focus on this should not be about the US, it should only be about the people of Iran and their slaughter over taking a stand against corruption. Responding with silence, especially with these situations, is the same as condoning these horrendous actions. I am "apalled and outraged" by our current administration's response to these atrocities. Were I there I would be fighting alongside these innocent civilians for freedom. Many of our citizens feel as I do, of this I am sure.

Very well said. I will emphasize these lines: "I respect your emotion about this, but not the fact that you don't really seem to be considering other people enough, or to respect the fact that those you disagree with are considering the consequences very carefully. We are all engaged in our own way, doing our thing, taking it carefully and not jumping the gun, knowing that stronger responses might have to come, but not too soon, or too clumsily, or simply counterproductively, and we all care, not just you. ... having the subtlety to think through the consequences for the people you say you're thinking about.

i think if our president is taking this stance maybe we need to do something to show we are listening and we are disgusted and that we condemn the animals that call themselves a government.
"war is not the answer" but lets not sit on our as....either. maybe we need to wear green to show soladarity and go to washington...

We need to stop this!! Why don't they help them??

Shame on the Iranian Religious Leaders, Their "FAKE" Government, ALL Security Forces, All who have shed the blood of those citizens protesting peacefully for their human right to Freedom and Fairness.
They will ALL eventually answer to GOD! His fury will be Greater than their Stupidity, Ignorance and Greed. God be with ALL of those pursuing a Peaceful March for what is rightfully theirs.
America stands behind Prays for and supports you in this struggle.

"The photo of the man is not from today, it's from at least 5 days ago."

Wow! THANKS for the clarification! I guess it's OK then! I thought that was a gaping axe wound to the chest, but apparently it's just nuance!

A freedom-loving American

This is what happens when an unarmed population has no means of defending itself.

President Obama is no leader, of anything. How could anyone just sit back and say they dont want to appear to be meddling. Obama doesnt want freedom to spread. His agenda is for the haulting of freedom. to do nothing here should be a crime.

For the U.S. to send forces to every place there was genocide they would need about a billion more soldiers than they currently have.

I don't like it either, but unfortunately there's a lot more evil in the world than can be dealt with.

Iraq is still yet to be conquered and their military was considerably smaller than Iran's is now.

Steve, while your sentiment is well founded, you show a complete lack of understanding of the history of the region, our involvement (and failure) in it, and the other stakes at hand. The atrocities being committed upon the Iranian people are just that, atrocities. But there are longer term issues at stake, and I think that many of them know that more that we (you) do. These people, like your fathers before you, are willing to give their lives to protect their long term interests - the interests of their children and their grandchildren. Please in your haste to act, don't let those decendants be killed too. For if you do, then these people, brutally massacred this past week, will have died in vain. I for one, could not live with that on my conscience. This is for the Iranian people to solve. Not President Obama. Not yet even the UN. The Iranian people are strong, and have had great revolutions before. (mind you against our own puppet government - shall we repeat that error?) Remember, that unless we want to go an invade their country, we have to live side by side with whomever turns out to be the leaders of Iran. With the stakes so high in our relationship with that country, we can't afford to have that relationship be over before it starts. It's not a matter of "making this about the US" it's a matter of making this a matter for the US World Police to solve. We're done with that guy in the White House. We need more calm and measured approaches to world problems. We need approaches that don't make the whole world look at us with hatred. That very view is one of the reasons we have to be very careful in dealing with Iran. Unless we just march in and crush them. But, isn't that just what they're doing to their citizens? Would we be any better than they are?

I want you to understand, these aren't "eloquent points" - They're cold hard facts. They're the cold hard facts that world leaders have to work with daily. The cold hard facts that Iran is likely to have nuclear weapons soon is paramount to this situation. The cold hard fact that sometimes world leaders have to choose between letting /these/ lives be lost or /those/ live be lost. That's not a choice any of us want to make. But that is the reality of the job that people like Obama choose.

We don't know for sure how this is going to turn out. All we know is that the government of Iran is likely to continue the violence against its own people. But until we know whether that goverment is going to stand or fall, we can do very very little to influence the outcome directly.

But all the while, this whole uprising has been carried out not just on the streets, but in the socialmedia-sphere. And where are those sites? And who are the majorities of users on those sites? They are we. Americans. Making sure that the Iranian people have all the means that we can without directly involving our government.

And really, Steve, what more than an "eloquent point" is "condemning a regime". Does it really do any good to come out and say that we condemn the actions of the Iranian government? What effect do you suppose that has on their thinking there?

Please, if you want to complain about the lack of solutions being offered by your president and your government, come up with some real solutions of your own to offer. That is your duty as an intelligent man lacking no gift of speech. Open your ears, now. And maybe the sounds that you hear can fill your heart.

Thanks for listening

The U.S. should speak out on the atrocities being committed on Iranian citizens. We can't do anything about it except that. There is no way that anyone can logically blame us for any of their problems. All we would be doing is sticking up for life and the pursuit of happiness, which is what America stands for and everybody in the world knows it.

This is worse than Carter. Even if Obama won't do anything, ordinary Americans should at least show their symbolic solidarity / sympathy for the protesters by displaying green ribbons everywhere. Not support for Mousavi, but against such barbarous tyranny.

What happened to the meaning of the recent speech, "We are all Muslim...". The teleprompter didn't allow the conjoiner, "but you're on your own when the s*it hits the fan". Government backed axe murderers? A little harsh for sports fans whose team didn't win. Don't let preconditions interfere. Is this the test that Biden referred to? Pass? Fail? We once sat back an waited while 6M people were exterminated. Someone said never again. Dafur? Rwanda? This is so familiar. I'm sure there are eloquent speeches of condolence being written as the slaughter continues.
When will we recognize that everyone is not the same? Some people are evil of the purest form. Iranians as a people are some of the most hospitable, friendly and likable people on earth. They are being axed to death in public. There are enough UN resolutions to justify every sort of crackdown. The attitude seems to be "they just need a hug". How long until Sharia Law hits the Western world and moral justice is doled out by the blade of an ax where we live. If we can tolerate it happening in Baharestan Square, can we also tolerate it in London, Rome, Paris, NY, Chicago, Des Moine? The silence is deafening!!! Oh yeah, I forgot it is date night at the Whitehouse.

Jorge, great point. If you read the date above the photo that says when it was taken you will see no one needs the clarification. so what if the photo is from 5 days ago, they have ramped up their axe murdering - the photo illustrates it. the iranian govt is murdering people on a large scale in public. that is the point. the time/date stamp is irrelevant as long as the photo is relevant and demonstrates to us the horror. in my case it does. how do we not know if this young man was the one who would have initiated a peaceful Iran - we don't and we won't he was murdered. 30% of the iranians are under the age of 25, most of those murdered will probably be young people - the future of iran. ironic that the young revolutionaries of yesterday are killing the young revolutionaries of today - maybe it isn't ideology - maybe it is just power..and evil. get used to it - there will be more.

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