Bu..bu..bu..bu..bu, but I thought this sort of thing wasn’t going to happen anymore if we elected Barack Obama!
Dozens of Iranians burnt posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Tehran on Tuesday and waved Palestinian flags in support of Gaza, according to a witness and photographs.
Iranian demonstrators have often burnt effigies or pictures of U.S. presidents in protests. This appeared to be the first time Obama’s picture had been defaced so publicly, a week before his inauguration as president.
…The demonstrators, waving Palestinian flags, some chanting “Death to Obama,” had gathered outside the Swiss embassy which handles U.S. interests because Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties for nearly three decades.
Pictures obtained by Reuters showed the president-elect’s image laid on the road for cars to drive over it, and other images showed demonstrators burning the Obama poster.
Well, the name of the President that the Iranians are wishing death on is different. Is that supposed to be the change we can believe in?
But, I thought that Iran really just had a problem with George Bush and all that we needed was for Barack Obama to sit down with them, flex his chiseled pecs, and all would be well?
You mean that actually, Barack Obama, by virtue of sheer wonderfulness isn’t making everything better? Gee, that certainly isn’t the impression you’ve got from his campaign, his supporters, or for that matter, from the media.
Here’s the reality that most people don’t like to face because it’s not pleasant to deal with: the theocrats who run Iran don’t look at the world the same way we do, they’re ruthless, evil people, and as a general rule, their interests are diametrically opposed to ours.
Can you sometimes come to an arrangement with people like that? Sure. Does that sort of disagreement have to end in violence? Not at all. In fact, usually, it doesn’t.
However, at the end of the day, what idealists have to realize is that we can’t always talk everything out like reasonable people and come up with some sort of win/win solution. Not everybody is reasonable. Not everybody wants us to win. Not everybody is going to wait to have a nice chat without preconditions with Obama before they start publicly declaring that they want to see him dead.
That’s the real world of foreign policy. It’s messy, it’s complex, and as often as not, you’re just choosing which set of problems you’d prefer to deal with instead of coming up with some sort of grand bargain that leaves everyone happy.
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit for the story.