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President Barack Obama sa fredag kveld at en hel verden følger med på hva som skjer i Iran. Det var ment som en advarsel: ikke gjenta Tiananmen. Obama er under press om å si fra klarere og tydeligere. Men administrasjonen holder igen, den sier Det hvite hus vil reagere på begivenhtene etter som de skjer, og ikke gripe inn.

Begge hus i Kongressen stemte fredag nærmest enstemmig for ikke-bindende erklæringer om at det som skjer i Iran ikke har noe med USAs interesser å gjøre, men gjelder iranernes frihet, og de demokratiske rettighetene er amerikanske, men de er også universelle.

Mr. Obama continued to face pressure at home not to miss an opportunity to align the United States with a potentially historic shift in Iran. On Friday, both houses of Congress threw full support behind the rights of protesters to challenge the election results. In the House, lawmakers voted 405 to 1 to adopt a nonbinding resolution condemning the violence against demonstrators. The Senate passed a similar resolution later in the day.

«This resolution is not about American interests,» said Representative Howard L. Berman, a California Democrat who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. «It’s about American values, which I believe are universal values: the values of the rule of law; of participatory democracy; about individual liberty and about justice.»

Disse idealene og truslene mot dem har en sterk appell i USA og alle forventer at presidenten skal forsvare dem. Obama forsøker å ligge midt i feltet, og vise at han bryr seg, men han ønsker ikke være i front. Det kan endre seg hvis det kommer et blodig angrep.

«I’m very concerned, based on some of the tenor and tone of the statements that have been made, that the government of Iran recognize that the world is watching,» Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama, officials said, was determined to react to events as they unfold, rather than make statements that might play well politically but hinder his longer-term foreign-policy goals. The administration still hopes to pursue diplomatic engagement with Iran on its nuclear program.

Still, one senior official acknowledged that a bloody crackdown would scramble the administration’s calculations. The shadow of Tiananmen Square — in which Chinese tanks and troops crushed a flowering democracy movement in Beijing — has hung over the White House this week.

Obama Reluctant to Toughen Stance on Iran