Wow. I'm really surprised at the lack of empathy here.
This isn't about the US, or Obama's speech in Cairo. Seriously...do you really think most of those people heard it? It certainly wasn't on their nightly news.
It isn't about oil or how this could affect the world economy.
They had an election, and they cried foul. It wasn't fair, it was cheated. And for a country with a theocracy, to say the election was rigged is to say that the leaders who were appointed by God/Allah are wrong. That's a big step. That's as big of a step as some colony to say "No taxation without representation." Only bigger.
There's reports of the guard taking axes to the protesters. Shooting them like animals. Beating old men and women until they are soaked in their own blood.
But, meh, oh well. Not our problem. It's only about the oil, right?
Maybe it is just as bad or worse in Darfur or Burma. Maybe the difference is the technology. But I DO see Neda and her country men and women who are going out against impossible odds to voice their protests. And I see the world doing nothing. I see the British and Canadians and Germans making a stronger statement than the so-called "Leader of the Free World". I see the UN, as usual, doing absolutely nothing. And I ask myself why. I ask myself what it will take. I don't mean a military coup, but why can't there be a shout out to that cry in the dark. Something to encourage them. Something to tell the evil regime that what they are doing is against everything their own religion commands, everything that humanity has evolved toward, and the rest of the world simply will not allow it to continue.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
We, as the world community, are doing nothing. And it makes me so sad I can't even put it into words.