Obama Condemns Iran's Actions as 'Unjust'


Published June 23, 2009.
  • Print
  • Share Share

President Obama condemned the “unjust actions” of the Iranian government, but said it can still engage with the United States and the international community.

“There is a path available to Iran in which their sovereignty is respected, their traditions, their culture, their faith is respected, but one in which they are part of a large community that has responsibilites and operates acccording to norms and international rules that are universal,” Obama said Tuesday at a White House news conference. “We don’t know how they’re going to respond yet.”

Obama also said that if Iran chooses such a path, “we are interested in healing some of the wounds of 30 years in terms of U.S.-Iranian relations,” but “that’s the choice the Iranians are going to have to make.”

The U.S. leader added that “what we’ve been seeing over the last couple of weeks is not encouraging in terms of the path this regime may choose to take.”

Obama used his strongest language to describe the situation in the Islamic Republic, saying the United States was “appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days.”

The president also called “patently false and absurd” Iran’s accusations that the United States and others are instigating the protests, calling them “an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran’s borders.”

“This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won’t work anymore in Iran,” Obama said.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed foreign “enemies,” including “the media belonging to Zionists,” for the protests by supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi in a June 19 speech. The protesters are demonstrating against what they say was the rigged re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Find us on Facebook!
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
  • The real heroines of Passover prep aren't even Jewish. But the holiday couldn't happen without them.
  • Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an anti-Semitic screed?
  • Meet the Master of the Matzo Ball.
  • Pierre Dulaine wants to do in his hometown of Jaffa what he did for kids in Manhattan: teach them to dance.
  • "The first time I met Mick Jagger, I said, 'Those are the tackiest shoes I’ve ever seen.'” Jewish music journalist Lisa Robinson remembers the glory days of rock in her new book, "There Goes Gravity."
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.