Barack Obama kommenterer hendelsene i Iran filosofisk og moralsk. Andre vil at han skal fordømme, men Obama foretrekker å minne om rettferdighet og at folket vil dømme lederne, hvis de begår feil.
Ingen kan være i tvil om hva han mener. Det er Obamas måte. Han tror den er den klokeste i dagens situasjon. I Det hvite hus var det møter hele lørdag om Iran.
«Martin Luther King once said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,’ » Mr. Obama said in a statement released after security forces in the Iranian capital clashed repeatedly with protesters. «I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian people’s belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.»
In particular, the president’s use of the word «justice,» which White House officials have been debating all week, is a departure from the more measured tones he had struck earlier in the week. «The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching,» Mr. Obama said. «We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.»
Mr. Obama said that the «universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.»
«As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away,» Mr. Obama said. «The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government.»
And he delivered a warning to the Iranian authorities: «If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.»