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    June 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    [link=http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/23/neda-and-obama/?page=2]Neda and Obama[/link]

    If you haven’t heard about Neda Soltan go to “live leak” or such to watch the video. Warning, it is extremely graphic.

    Neda Soltan’s death is galvanizing many Americans too. While many others have been killed in recent days, the immediacy and the shock of this lovely woman dying on the streets has struck a chord. People who were barely aware of conditions in Iran now weep before their computer screens. Neda – whose name means “voice” or “call” – has become the voice of the aspirations of the Iranian people.

    Engagement is dead

    Even if the regime in Tehran decides for some reason to extend an unclenched fist, President Obama would be shaking a bloody hand. The human-rights violations shown on America’s computer screens make it impossible for the president to engage in some 1970s-style detente with Iran. Even the realists realize that is now unrealistic.

    The diplomatic climate necessary for the Obama administration’s engagement policy is gone. The subtle signaling dance of the last few months is impossible now. The Obama team’s original timetable, calling for progress by the end of the year, has been overcome by events.

    Iran’s bomb now can’t be ignored

    Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons now worries more Americans than ever. If the regime is willing to be this cruel to its own people, could the American soldiers or Israeli citizens living within reach of Iran’s missiles expect any mercy? United Nations nuclear overseer Mohamed ElBaradei said last week that he had concluded the regime was seeking atomic weapons to send a message to the rest of the world: “Don’t mess with us.” With the frailty of the regime broadcast worldwide, its sense of insecurity will have increased and, with that, the need to have a nuclear insurance policy. It is extreme folly for the United States to continue the official charade that the Tehran regime is not actively seeking such weapons. Politicizing this intelligence must end. The Obama administration should take this opportunity to demand an immediate halt to Iran’s bomb program.

    The time has come to face the Islamic Republic without the comfortable blindfolds we have worn over the past few decades. The reality of Neda Soltan, dead with her eyes open, should open our eyes too.