The answer is probably. But nonetheless the spectacle of liberals urging the United States not to stand up for freedom when a historic revolution for freedom is struggling to be born in Iran is surely one of the most pathetic spectacles in the modern liberal record. Watching Keith Olbermann and Jonathan Alter this evening reach for every argument imaginable to justify their betrayal of the Iranian people, while mangling history in the process was unappetizing but instructive.
Keep in mind that these are the people who have been waging a propaganda war over Gitmo (Olbermann's top story of the evening) that directly benefits our enemies in the name of America's principles, which we are not to abandon even if it means committing national suicide. But when Iranians brave one of the most sadistic tyrannies in the world, mum's the word. Why? According to Alter we can't be seen to be intervening in Iranian politics the way the Eisenhower regime did in 1954 (1954!), when we removed a pro-Soviet stooge named Mossadegh. To leftists, who were supporting or appeasing Stalin in those days, this remains a national shame that we need to avoid repeating.
What Alter and these leftists forget is how their president Jimmy Carter, twenty-five years later, massively intervened in Iranian politics to undermine the Shah -- a modernizer who liberated Iranian women and enraged the medieval Mullahs and their leader the Ayatollah Khomeni by doing so. Carter and the liberals embraced the Ayatollah and his Islamic revolution. If you want to understand the origins of the Islamic jihad against the West and the wars that have resulted in thousands dead, look to Carter and the American progressives who took down the Shah and still have no regrets -- indeed no awareness of what they did, and so are inclined to repeat it. Thus thirty years later, in 2009, when the Iranian people have a chance to put off the yoke that liberals helped to impose on them, those same liberals are lining up to keep it in place.
View this commentary on Obama's disgraceful silence on Iran by Amir Fakhravar, our 2008 Annie Taylor Award Winner: