fredag 19 juni 2009

Representanthuset röstar igenom resolution om Iran

Medan president Obama försökt undvika att tydligt ta ställning i situationen i Iran, så har Representanthuset med hela 405 mot 1, röstat igenom en resolution till stöd för dissidenterna i Iran. Den ende att rösta emot resolutionen var Ron Paul.

“Some critics say American should stay silent, but I say from my heart the cause is freedom and in this cause the American people should never be silent,” sa den Republikanske Kongressmannen Mike Pence från Indiana.

“It is not for us to decide who should run Iran, much less determine the real winner of the June 12th election,” sa Howard Berman, Demokrat från Kalifornien. “But we must reaffirm our strong belief that the Iranian people have a fundamental right to express their views about the future of their country freely and without intimidation.”

Republikanerna prisade Berman, som var Demokraternas med-sponsor till resolutionen, däremot tog Republikanerna tillfället i akt att kritisera president Obamas tystnad i frågan:

“The president has been silent and confused,” sa Republikanen Lincoln Diaz-Balart från Florida.

Senatens majoritetsledare Harry Reid, manade idag den över kammaren att ta upp en snarlik resolution som initierats av Senator Ted Kaufmann (Demokrat) och senatorn Jon Kyl (Republikan).

Republiikanen Ron Paul, som tillhör partiets libertarianska falang, skriver på sin hemsida om sin ensamma nej-röst följande:

"...As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little...

...Of course I do not support attempts by foreign governments to suppress the democratic aspirations of their people, but when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made. I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly...

...I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions."

Källa: Politico

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