Times Online – ‘Outraged’ Brown and Obama condemn Iran as election crisis worsens

Mr Obama said: “I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost.”

He called accusations that Britain and the US was instigating huge protests against Mr Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, “patently false and absurd.”

“This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won’t work any more in Iran. This is not about the United States and the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they and only they will choose,” he said.

“The Iranian people can speak for themselves. That is precisely what has happened these last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness to the peaceful pursuit of justice.

“We have seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence. . . above all, we have seen courageous women stand up to brutality and threats, and we have experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.”


Mr Brown told MPs: “It is with regret that I should inform the House that Iran yesterday took the unjustified step of expelling two British diplomats over allegations which are absolutely without foundation.

“In response to that action, we informed the Iranian ambassador today that we would expel two Iranian diplomats from their embassy in London. I am disappointed that Iran has placed us in this position.”

The Times has put together a little dossier on Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, the lady who was shot and died on cell phone video.

Meanwhile LGF has a quote from CNN that people are losing their nerve and things are dying down. So I guess the regime is betting on the West’s attention span issues and probably feeling fairly confident about their odds.