Reconstructing the timeline. Notes so far:
Day 1: June 12, 2009 – Election day
Day 2: June 13, 2009 –
Day 3: June 14, 2009 –
Politico.com – Romney calls on Obama to speak out on Iran
Mitt Romney, a once and maybe future presidential candidate, calls Iran’s presidential results “a fraud” and urged President Barack Obama to speak out against the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Obama, Romney said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” should “indicate that this has been a terribly managed decision by the autocratic regime in Iran.”
The former Republican Massachusetts governor also used the Iranian results to broaden his indictment of Obama, saying “it’s very clear that the president’s policies of going around the world and apologizing for America are not working.”
Boston globe puts up some striking pictures of the protests.
Obama makes a statement (must find non-youtube video). LGF commenter asks:
“why can’t he take the side of freedom and liberty?…that’s not meddling, it should be a universal ideology that he never wavers from, no matter who or what”
Day 5: June 16, 2009 – Rueters reports on Thousands of protesters.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Iran’s defeated presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi marched in Tehran on Tuesday following a disputed poll prompting the biggest street protests since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
On a fourth day of demonstrations since Friday’s election, witnesses said they headed — largely in silence without the accustomed chants — towards the state television building, despite Mousavi’s call for them to call off a planned rally.
Day 6: June 17, 2009 –
Day 7: June 18, 2009 –
Day 8: June 19, 2009 – Krauthammer claims Obama is afraid to take sides in the WaPost.
Day 9: June 20, 2009 – The infamous Neda Agha-Soltan is shot.
Day 10: June 21, 2009 – Time takes notice of the internet “torrent”:
Particularly haunting is the 40-second YouTube video that shows a young woman, wearing jeans but otherwise dressed conservatively, suddenly falling to the sidewalk, shot in the heart. Her eyes turn to what must be a cell-phone camera, wide and shocked and dying as we stare at her. Men rush to her side and try to stanch the wound, but blood trickles from her mouth as an older man — later described as her father — cries and cries. Hours after the video surfaced, people on Twitter said she had not been part of the demonstration at all. Just a bystander. By the end of the day, the Tweets had given her a name: Neda, which means “the voice” or “the call” in Farsi.
Day 11: June 22, 2009 –
Day 12: June 23, 200 – Major Gerrit of FNC asks Obama: “What took you so long?”
This was 8 days after the videos of Iran’s death squads in action hit youtube, facebook and twitter.
With his history as director of the Joyce foundation, one might think that videos of AK47s mowing down unarmed civilians would prompt a faster response. Same goes with the NBC children singing about freedom and democracy.
Time, What the World Didn’t See in Tehran, Howard Chua-Eoan Sunday, Jun. 21, 2009