Finally - a statement on Iran from someone in the US government

Several days and at least five deaths later, someone, anyone in the federal government finally decided it was time to say something about the riots in Iran. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer gave the following statement

"We strongly condemn the violent and unjust suppression of civilians in Iran seeking to exercise their universal rights. Hope and history are on the side of those who peacefully seek their universal rights, and so is the United States. Governing through fear and violence is never just, and as President Obama said in Oslo - it is telling when governments fear the aspirations of their own people more than the power of any other nation."

So, the Iranian protesters still have the President Barack Obama (D) hope on their side. And what is it that they want...besides hope of course? Do they still want "Death to America! Death to Israel!"? We shall see.

Meanwhile, off in Iran, the police are begging the rioters for forgiveness.

People have cornered these security forces. People ask them 'why do you do this to your people?' and the riot guards ask for forgiveness, 'Bebakhshid' they can be heard to say.'You are Yazid's - the Khalif against whom the Ashura uprising took place -forces', the woman shouts at them. One of the protesters then reassures them that they will not be beaten up, all they have to do is say Khameneii is a bastard. The woman can then be heard saying 'All you can do is kill your people is it?' and again they plead saying 'Please We are not killers'.

They may not be killers, but they have killed.