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Obama, Iranian Thugs, and the NY Times

It is amazing. It took many, many days for the administration of Nobel peace-prize laureate Barack Obama to condemn the brutalization of pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran last June (and even then it did so only in the most tepid way), but by contrast it took just a couple of hours for the Obama administration to condemn the attacks on the brutalizers yesterday.

US condemns Iran bombing; denies involvement

Sun Oct 18, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Sunday condemned a suicide bombing that struck Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, and denied any involvement in the attack.
We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives,” State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement.
The attack reportedly killed Brig. Gen. Nourali Shoushtari, the lieutenant commander of IRGC ground forces, the commanders of Sistan and Baluchistan province, the Iranshahr Corps, the Sarbaz Corps and the Amiralmoemenin Brigade, Iran’s Fars News Agency said.

Meanwhile, the New York Times, which routinely refuses to call the blowing up by Hamas and Fatah of Israeli children in buses, cafes and shopping malls acts of terrorism — even when American children, such as 14-year-old American Baptist Abigail Litle, are among the victims — had no problem calling the political assassination of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards commanders “terrorism,” as one can see from the email below.

—– Forwarded Message —-

From: NYTimes.com News Alert

To: Tom Gross

Sent: Sun, October 18, 2009 9:02:21 AM

Subject: News Alert: Five Iran Guard Commanders Are Killed in Bombings
Breaking News Alert

The New York Times

Sun, October 18, 2009 — 9:01 AM ET

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Five Iran Guard Commanders Are Killed in Bombings
Five commanders of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards

Corps were killed and dozens of others left dead and injured

in two terrorist bombings in the restive region of the

nation’s southeastern frontier with Pakistan, according to

multiple Iranian state news agencies.
The coordinated attacks appeared to mark an escalation in

hostilities between Iran’s leadership and one of the nation’s

many disgruntled ethnic and religious minorities, in this

case the Baluchis.
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Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.

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