One demonstrator was killed at a pro-Mousavi demonstration today, as Mousavi has made his first apperance since the election Friday. Despite pressure it sounds like Mousavi, a former Prime Minister of Iran is just as defiant as ever.
Meanwhile social networking sites such as facebook and youtube in Iran remain blocked. But as the old saying goes, if you keep a man from speaking a message he will scream it.
Update (2:49pm/ET)- There is of yet no real public press release on the aftermath of the Iranian election I can find on the U.S State Department website. In addition to Vice President Joe Biden’s statement on ‘Meet the Press’ yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs released a very timid statement Saturday. Since then according to Press releases on the White House website, they have been rather tight lipped.
Like the rest of the world, we were impressed by the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians. We continue to monitor the entire situation closely, including reports of irregularities.
The administration is likely be careful in their words, worried about how instability in Iran could negatively affect the situations of Iran’s two neighboring countries Iraq and Afghanistan, where U.S and coalition forces are engaged in wars and other military operations. They could also be downplaying force in their statement to leave room to maneuver and not burn any bridges in establishing relations with the country should Ahmadinejad remain in power.
Personally I think the administration in a measured yet confident way should speak over the heads of the Iranian establishment and to the students and demonstrators that we are watching and that we are on their side in investigating the fairness of this past election. However, that could result in the unintended consequence of the Iranian government being even harsher towards demonstrators and lend validity to the claims of ‘psychological warfare’ and thereby allow him to rally his still large portion of supporters using nationalistic pride.