Sunday, June 21, 2009

Protesters In Tehran Stand Up To The Basij

The video is from a post at Gateway Pundit and the words below it are John Howard’s via Instapundit.

If you imagine that you can buy immunity from fanatics by curling yourself in a ball, apologising for the world - to the world - for who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in, not only is that morally bankrupt, but it’s also ineffective. Because fanatics despise a lot of things and the things they despise most is weakness and timidity. There has been plenty of evidence through history that fanatics attack weakness and retreating people even more savagely than they do defiant people.

Mr. Howard recognized the need to confront evil head on. He knew the difference between being a leader and a figure head. Mr. Howard's brand of leadership is sorely absent these days.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

What kind of democratic leader deliberately chooses to ignore and then downplay a grassroots, democratic movement against tyrants in order to preserve some hope of negotiating with the tyrants for a less-hostile relationship with them? Apparently, only one, and he’s ours.

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