Obama hails "courageous" Iranian women

The president says women like Neda Agha-Soltan are "on the right side of history"

By Tracy Clark-Flory

Published June 23, 2009 5:50PM (EDT)

The president ramped up his rhetoric against the Iranian government in a press conference this afternoon and, as Joan Walsh predicted, he specifically praised the women who have taken to the streets in protest, risking violence and death. He also appropriately paid respects to Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old whose death was broadcast on YouTube for all the world to see. His prepared statement reads, in part:

Above all, we have seen courageous women stand up to brutality and threats, and we have experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and painful, we also know this: those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history.

I say, bravo. Of course, some will argue that Obama himself hasn't done enough to stand up for justice in Iran. What do Broadsheeters think?

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