Predictably, the Iranian government has called for the deaths of the two protest leaders. 222 members of Iran’s 290-member Parliament signed a statement that accuses the leaders of being “corrupts on earth,” a crime which carries a death sentence.
In my post yesterday, I suggested that the United States should do whatever it takes to push the Iranian regime over the edge. It looks like the President is taking steps in the right direction. In a recent Washington news conference, the President stated:
“I find it ironic that you’ve got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they 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…Real change in these societies is not going to happen because of terrorism. It’s not going to happen because you go around killing innocents. It’s going to happen because people come together and apply moral force to a situation.”
Right on cue, the State Department today announced its policy to address Internet freedom. According to The New York Times, the agency plans to finance programs that “enable users to evade Internet firewalls,” and that provide “training for human rights workers on how to secure their e-mail from surveillance or wipe incriminating data from cellphones if they are detained by the police.”
Let freedom ring!