The people of Iran refused to be cowed, and the regime continues to shed blood (CNN via Jim Geraghty):
A partial transcript from the woman, sobbing: “About 500 people with clubs came out.. poured into streets ad started beating everyone… They were throwing people off the bridge (a pedestrian bridge, the anchor clarifies) They beat a woman so savagely she was drenched in blood… I also saw people shooting at people… You should stop this! You should help the people of Iran who demand freedom! You should help us!”
It sounds like the mullahcracy is not interested in “the respect of the international community.” Now is the time for the president to put actions (Solidarity-like actions) behind his words.
UPDATE: In reaction to the above, the Obama Administration is “considering” (CNN) rescinding the July 4 Embassy invites to Iranian regime personnel. I know bureaucracies can be slow, but rescinding the invites is the least the Administration can do.
FURTHER UPDATE: The Administration has rescinded the invites – although none had been accepted. Still, even Robert Gibbs sounded intelligent (Politico): “I don’t think it’s surprising that nobody’s signed up to come given the events of the past days.”
On the minus side, four Iranian soccer players who wore green in protest during a World Cup Qualifier have been “retired” (CNN).