Is there any in-between? While some Iranians applaud President Rouhani’s phone call with President Obama, other shout death threats to Americans.
Reuters correspondent, Marcus George, described the reaction in Iran to the historic ice-breaking phone call between Presidents Obama and Rouhani. Surely, there would be protests just like people have mixed feelings here in America.
We have been down a long road with Iran, and it has been most unpleasant.
The government there, run by Islamic rulers are surely out of step with American democratic values and respect for individual rights and freedom. We have experienced open hostilities from hostage taking to nuclear weapons development confrontation.
Since Iran is highly developed and sophisticated in technology, engineering, and science, it behooves the free world to attempt to persuade the people and leadership in Iran to adapt a more moderate course.
More forcefully, Americans expect all nations to accept the Declaration of Human Rights as a starting position.
The bottom line is that Americans are at war with Islamic radicals who are intent on Jihad. Progress toward peace with Iran is a function of the extent to which moderates gain power over government with the backing of a large majority of Iranians.
Once again, American foreign policy is edgy because it truly calls Iranians to modify their government.
“Iranians cheer, protest over Rouhani’s historic phone call with Obama
By Marcus George
DUBAI | Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:25am EDT
(Reuters) – Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rouhani on his return from New York on Saturday after his historic phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama but a smaller number of hardliners shouted “Death to America” and threw eggs and shoes at his official car leaving the airport, Iranian media reported.
While an anticipated handshake between Rouhani and Obama at United Nations headquarters failed to materialize, they held a 15-minute call on Friday at the end of the moderate new Iranian president’s trip for the U.N. General Assembly.
Iranian media said hundreds of Rouhani supporters keen to see him make good on pledges of “constructive interaction” with the world to ease Iran’s international isolation and win relief from punitive sanctions turned up to hail his U.N. visit.
They greeted the president with chants of “Rouhani we thank you” and “Iran calls for moderation” and held aloft portraits of him, the student news agency ISNA said.
But about 100 conservative hardliners also appeared, shouting “Death to America”, a standard refrain at radical rallies in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and “no compromise or surrender to our national interests”.
(Reporting by Marcus George; Editing by Mark Heinrich)