Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Khatami shows that he has chosen sides. The people who are in the streets protesting are the pople who voted him into office, in hopes that he would be a true reformer. Now he derides them for the small size of the protests (something anyone reading Iranian blogs would question but, not MSNBC) and accuses them of being US dupes.

''If those who are opposed to the system are only some 200, 500 or 1,000 people who take advantage of the students' problems, then we are proud of ourselves that we are so strong,'' Khatami told a new conference.

This is the same system that has rejected every attempt by reformers to bring about change. The system that has shut down every independent newspaper and jailed every publisher or journalist who has said anything that may be seen as "opposition". The same system into which hundreds, if not thousands, of students have gone into, not to be heard again.

Khatami has now shown that he is a part of this system not one who seeks to change it.

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