14 Jul
2009
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The World Is Watching

As the windows stopped clattering, the emergency siren quickly sounded after a large explosion violently shook the walls of my classroom.  Two thousand students were escorted out of the school’s main entrance, passing by the parked school buses before sitting down on the desert sands.  A pillar of smoke could be seen rocketing into the sky from behind the school walls. As teachers and school administrators tried to calm down some of my classmates, news arrived that a car bomb exploded at the French embassy two blocks away.  Just an hour earlier, another explosion had taken place at the US embassy.  The coordinated bombings of the US and French embassies in Kuwait were among six attacks within the emirate on December 12th, 1983, only two months after the bombings of the US and French barracks in Beirut.

Among the vivid memories I hold from my childhood, the French embassy bombing was one.   I was 8 year old.  I also recall the days surrounding the hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 422 in April 1988 where two bodies were dumped on the tarmac in Larnaca, Cyprus.   So was life living in the shadows of Iranian hostility during the Middle East of the 1980’s.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the world watched the 1984 hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221, the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the 1992 and 1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and the Jewish community center in Buenos Aries, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, the lethal roadside attacks on the US military in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, the extensive meddling in Baghdad’s 2005 elections, the delivery of arms to Palestinian militants, and the ever growing link between Hezbollah and the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, all of which have solidified Tehran’s resume of terrorism and foreign meddling in pursuit, no doubt, of “peace and lasting calm”.

As a candidate, Mr. Obama promised to stand for the human rights of the bloggers in Iran, to support those who marched and bled for democracy and for those who seek a secure and lasting peace.  Now as President, Mr. Obama has demonstrated that his view on human rights and democracy were mere words.  Rather than stand with freedom, Mr. Obama’s tepid statements on Iranian unrest in the aftermath the elections has only helped to quench the flame of freedom in favor of oppression.  He further seems to believe, as Leon Wieseltier stated, “that there is some force in the admonition that the world is watching; but history plentifully demonstrates that when the world is watching, all the world does is watch.”

Mr. Obama has secured a position of weakness for the United States and yielded the cause of liberty to our enemies.  While the French uphold the mantle of moral clarity, while Obama develops a naive foreign policy based solely on being un-Bush, and while the rest of the world watches, the Iranians grow closer to developing a nuclear weapon.  It is hard to imagine Iran, the Iran I’ve known since my childhood, who has fostered 30 years of global violence, who threatens its neighbors, and who denies basic unalienable rights to their citizens sitting down to negotiate their nuclear ambitions, or worse, their soon to be nuclear arsenal, with its regional neighbors or any other nation.  Mr. Obama is partially right, the world is watching; watching the United States no longer bear the burden of the downtrodden for the cause of liberty.

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