These protesters that the Associated Press chose to label just “Iranian-Americans” (see below) are the Mojahedin (one of whose front groups the “National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates” is as you can plainly see from its Web site <ncpdaus.org> promoting the cause of “Iranian Opposition Members in Camp Ashraf, Iraq“), Republicans, and their “useful idiots” who have been conned into taking the path of vatanforushi, the path of vendepatrias.
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS – 9 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters, many of them Iranian-Americans, marched from Capitol Hill to the White House on Saturday, most holding Iranian flags and chanting demands for the U.S. to take more action after Iran’s disputed election.
After marching through several blocks of downtown Washington, more than 200 people rallied in front of the White House. They shouted demands for President Barack Obama and leaders of other countries to “reject the sham elections, impose complete sanctions.”
They also shouted “death to Ahmadinejad,” referring to the Iranian president whose disputed June 12 re-election prompted days of street protests in Iran. Some carried pictures of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman who bled to death in a Tehran street. She became a symbol of the postelection protest movement after videos of her death by gunfire were posted online.
Iranian-American organizations, such as the National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates, and human rights groups organized the march and the rally in Lafayette Square across from the White House. Demonstrators said they wanted to show their solidarity with the protesters in Iran. They also wanted world leaders to suspend all political and diplomatic ties with Iran and demanded that the Iranian regime hold an election supervised by the United Nations.
Reza Kamandar, who took part in the rally, said his brother was shot by a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard earlier this week and died. The 43-year-old math teacher said he traveled from Houston to Washington “to support my people.”
“I’m here to tell Mr. Obama please, please take action. You need to take action right now,” he said. “In Iran, they don’t want this government.” . . .
The crowd heard from several speakers, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
Tom Tancredo Speaks to Morons That AP Labels
Now is a good time to remind the public that Tancredo and the National Coalition of Pro-Democracy Advocates have been backing covert military action against Iran and urging support for the Mojahedin: e.g., Nathan C. Hunerwadel, “Iran Policy Committee Urges Covert Military Action Against Iran, Support for Mujahedin” (National Iranian American Council, 16 February 2006).
That’s it for your Sunday entertainment from the theater of the absurd that the politics of the Iranian diaspora quite often is.