Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Obama rewrites history

I hope (but doubt) that the White House press corps were quick to note President Obama's attempt to rewrite history, at very short notice. It was only Jan 28 when the Egyptian government started responding to peaceful demonstations by beating, tear-gassing and firing birdshot at them.  A few days later, thugs hired by businessmen associated with the Mubarak family started attacking them with clubs, rocks, petrol bombs and finally sniper rifles. More than 300 were killed.
    Yet Obama, at his press conference today, turned history on its head:

Well, first of all, on Iran, we were clear then and we are clear now that what has been true in Egypt should be true in Iran, which is that people should be able to express their opinions and their grievances and seek a more responsive government.  What's been different is the Iranian government’s response, which is to shoot people and beat people and arrest people.

    Earlier in the press conference, he said it in slightly different words:
They (the Iranian government) have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully in Iran.

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