Human Beings Aren't Pawns
May 19, 2010 at 8:21 PM
Does anyone remember last year's Iranian presidential elections that spurred protests and upheavals over the fraudulent results? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had beaten Mir Hossein Mousavi, but the Iranian people were none too pleased.
Now, there is strife of a similar nature, but much more violent, in Thailand. The recent civil unrest in Thailand is attributed to a political split between the Democrat Party and National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) whose followers are the infamous "red shirts." The red shirts have demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party call new elections, but their requests have fallen upon a deaf ear.
Last year during the Iranian debacle, many "conservative" commentators had called on President Obama to offer moral support and the backing of the United States to those who disputed the election results (most commonly referred to as the Green Movement). Their motives were hardly obscured, however. Quite frankly, none of them probably cared the least bit about the Iranian people. The real goal was to inspire regime change in the Islamic Republic. Mir Hossein Mousavi was seen as the more US friendly candidate (one that wanted to continue the nuclear program), and therefore he needed every tool in the regime change arsenal to be put into power. Ultimately, it failed. But with a disastrous record of trying to influence Iranian politics, the world is probably much better off that the US minded their own business.
If the neocons were genuine about their compassion concerning basic human rights and an open democracy, where are they now? Why are they not pressuring President Obama to extend support to the red shirts in Bangkok? Why did they limit their support to the Iranian Green Movement?
I can speculate as to why: 1.) They care nothing at all about human rights; and if they did, they would completely withdraw support for our two current wars; and 2.) the Thai people and government offer no political leverage to the United States, unlike the people and government in Iran did.
If the Republican party and its neoconservative propaganda machine are going to continue to tout themselves as some sort of "Christian Alliance," they ought to start living up to their title by ceasing to use human beings as political pawns.