Tom Donilon Calls Out Iran’s Hypocrisy on Egypt and Itself

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The statement below was just released by Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon regarding Iran blocking coverage of Egypt’s protests and its statements that it will not allow opposition protests inside Iran.

Statement by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon on Iran
By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians.
We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.

It would be a principled thing if the Muslim Brotherhood and other affiliated groups in the region issued statements similar to Donilon’s — supporting those inside Iran who prefer a more representative government that addresses their economic, political, and human needs.
— Steve Clemons

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13 comments on “Tom Donilon Calls Out Iran’s Hypocrisy on Egypt and Itself

  1. questions says:

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  2. Cee says:

    Saw the news on Iran this morning. It appears that our boys and girls from the MEK have started to riot on our behalf.

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  3. John RD Kidd says:

    STRIP aside the verbiage, the recriminations and
    the congratulations.
    The IMMEDIATE problem is the half a million
    families in Gaza that are being held under siege
    with no freedom of movement of people or goods or
    essential medical supplies. Held under siege by
    the unholy collusion of the

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  4. Peter Mosby says:

    Good call. Iran isn’t an example for democracy but
    the situation there is different. If countries like
    Iran make some moves on their needs for democracy
    the world will change but I really doubt that some
    countries want democracy at all. Otherwise they
    would have done something until now. Call Egypt

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  5. Warren Metzler says:

    Wigwag, I am shocked. A rational, unavoidably clear and correct comment. I congratulate you. Now please use your obviously extensive analysis skills to reveal the true nature of all Israeli governments from 1948 until now.
    Just use the identical evidence leads to conclusion method you used above. I’ll give you an example. The Israeli government has bulldozed almost 24,000 Palestinian homes, most for zoning “infractions”. Now go and use your sources to find a single Israeli Jew’s home that was bulldozed for zoning infractions in the past 40 years; demonstrating clearly the Israel government is a western style democracy.

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  6. DonS says:

    giftedOne, Pangloss, above.
    Bless you, and keep their feet to the fires. The international issues are an important focus, and a constant enervating battle (for some who can manage it) to fight off the hasbarist propagandists who Steve Clemons continues to allow to pollute the blog).
    But the national disgraces aided, abetted and extended by the current administration may be the quicker road to hell for this country — once an admirable model for the world in some significant ways.
    You’ll find more than enough room here to promote your thoughts and energy (!), if you choose.

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  7. pangloss says:

    Someone needs to tell the Obama gang about their own country,
    you think. One nice example:
    http://lat.ms/gb91Yl
    Of course it’s not the same but get the picture. Anyone in the
    USA lecturing anyone about anything particularly hypocrisy is
    just plain rich.

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  8. gifted0ne says:

    That’s right Americans. The IRANIANS are the hypocrites here. After all THEY supported dictatorships in the Arab world all these years. Pathetic.

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  9. Carroll says:

    Par of the course for Obama advisors.
    Donillon not even qualified to be NSAdvisor. The guy was a political operative starting with Carter, a lawyer and lobbist and his only experience with NS was working for Jones who thought he was an idiot.
    We can all recongize who is what by the way they use Egypt to bring up Iran.

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  10. WigWag says:

    It’s not just Iran. China has also blocked almost all coverage of the Egyptian Revolution. According to the Jerusalem Post,
    “Internet censors continued to block the ability to search “Egypt” and “Mubarak” on microblogging sites as they have since the protests started…”
    Here’s the whole article,
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=207914
    I also wonder what the coverage was like in Saudi Arabia, and I continue to be interested in the reaction of the man Steve chose to co-sign his letter on the UN Resolution about Israeli settlements, Chas Freeman.
    After all, Freeman is an expert on both China and Saudi Arabia. Why the radio silence from him? Why doesn’t Steve inquire whether he supports China’s efforts to prevent its citizens from learning about the Egyptian Revolution? After all, we know Freeman doesn’t think much about students occupying critical areas in a nation

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  11. JohnH says:

    Correction: Prior to Jan 25, when did Tom Donilon ever say: “We call on the government of Egypt to allow the EGPTIAN people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate”?
    Why doesn’t Tom Donilon issue a statement about Saudi Arabia? Angola? Honduras?
    No, of course not. Sanctimonious moral posers like Tom Donilon only see oppression when US enemies do it. And they routinely turn a blind eye when US allies do it.
    Condemning the Iranian regime for hypocrisy is like the pot calling the kettle black.
    If Steve is suddenly concerned about human rights, why doesn’t he issue a call for the US to end its hypocrisy? Then he would have the moral credibility to ask the MB and others to support a more representative government in Iran.

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  12. Mark says:

    I still say that we need only to put Dick Cheney, Avigdor Lieberman, and Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Kh?mene

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  13. JohnH says:

    When did Tom Donilon ever say: “We call on the government of Egypt to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate”?
    Why doesn’t Tom Donilon issue a statement about Saudi Arabia? Angola? Honduras?
    No, of course not. Sanctimonious moral posers like Tom Donilon only see oppression when US enemies do it. And they routinely turn a blind eye when US allies do it.
    Condemning the Iranian regime for hypocrisy is like the pot calling the kettle black.

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