When we last checked in with Codepink, the group was swooning over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian president was in New York to speak at the UN, and the “women for peace” organization got an audience with him in order to condemn American aggression and to praise Iranian goodwill. A convivial time was had by all:
The CODEPINK women proposed inviting American and Iranian artists to build a “peace park” in Tehran, a memorial dedicated to people-to-people commitment to peace and diplomacy between our two countries.
They also proposed a plan to invest funds in an Iranian business, one that produces green and sustainable products, such as bicycles. This grassroots investment would be the opposite of efforts by the Bush administration and Congress to tighten sanctions, a move which CODEPINK thinks would only hurt ordinary, everyday Iranians. Such a symbolic CODEPINK investment in a green, sustainable business would challenge U.S. regulations blocking trade with Iran and would show how diplomacy and trade are preferable to war and sanctions.
Speaking of green and (one hopes) sustainability, Codepink’s flattery of Ahmadinejad renders the group diametric enemies of the Iranian protesters now challenging that peaceful fellow’s reelection. Interesting that a group of peace-loving American women now find themselves standing foursquare with the mullahcrocy and riot police trying to beat down the internal forces of reform. This wholesale embrace of tyranny and oppression, however, does explain why the lead headline under “breaking news” at the group’s website is “Israeli Police and Military Brutalize Peaceful Protesters at Netanyahu’s Speech,” and why not a word about unrest in Iran is to be found.