Iran Accuses the West of ‘Instigating Violence’

Pretty funny considering Obama’s hand’s off approach to Ahmadinejad’s brutal regime and rigged re-election.

Iran on Tuesday accused Western countries of fomenting deadly anti-government protests in the capital this week and said it was summoning Britain’s ambassador to file a complaint.

The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mahmanparast added to growing tensions between Iran and the West, which is threatening to impose tough new sanctions over Iran’s suspect nuclear program and has criticized the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in Tehran.

Iran has said as many as eight people were killed in Sunday’s clashes in Tehran. There was no serious violence reported Tuesday, but opposition Web sites said several activists were arrested, including a prominent journalist and the sister of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Speaking to reporters, Mehmanparast said the deadly clashes in Tehran were the work of a tiny minority, and he accused outside countries, including the U.S. and Britain, of “miscalculating” by siding with the protesters.

……The opposition Web site Greenroad reported seven more arrests overnight Tuesday: Among them were Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a journalist who frequently criticizes the government, and university professor Noushin Ebadi, the sister of the Nobel winner. Others included the son of a prominent ayatollah, a reporter for the opposition ILNA news agency, and several activists.

Shirin Ebadi, who won the Nobel peace prize for her human-rights efforts in Iran, told the The Associated Press in a phone interview from London that she called her sister on Monday, and that the sister was being punished because of the conversation.

“She was warned not to contact me,” she said. ” “She is detained for the sake of me. She was neither politically active nor had a role in any rally.”,2933,581359,00.html

Obama is threatening ‘more sanctions’ as if the Iranian government really gives a shit. He could have dealt with Iranian thuggery back in June when the crackdown on dissent started, but instead he gave legitimacy to Ahmadinejad’s corrupt theocracy. Anything B. Hussein does now is a day late and a dollar short.
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