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'Indifference to Freedom and Religious Minorities in Middle East'

5:23 PM, Sep 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Elliott Abrams, writing for National Review Online:

President Obama’s speech to the United Nations today displayed the tone-deafness to freedom and to the fate of non-Muslim peoples in the Middle East that he has shown since coming to office.

When he discussed Iran, a vicious dictatorship whose regime is rejected by the great majority of that nation’s population, what words of encouragement did he have for the Iranian people? None. On the contrary he said, “We are not seeking regime change,” reassuring not the people but their rulers. Adding insult to injury he then said, “Iran’s genuine commitment to go down a different path [on nuclear weapons] will be good for the region and the world, and will help the Iranian people meet their extraordinary potential — in commerce and culture; in science and education.” Missing entirely was the word freedom, which most Iranians think is a central part of their “extraordinary potential.” When one thinks of Ronald Reagan’s messages to the people of the Soviet Union, assuring them that we understood the true nature of the tyranny under which they lived and that we hoped for the day when it would fall, the decline in America’s moral leadership is shocking.

Whole thing here.

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