Nikki Haley kicked off 2018 by telling the United Nations exactly what America’s place in the world will be this coming year.
Haley is known for not mincing words and took yet another bold stance against the global governing body Tuesday, with specific references to the recent protests in Iran.
She noted that “dozens have already been killed,” before harkening back to the failed Green Revolution in the first year of the Obama presidency. In 2009, the Green Revolution saw thousands of protesters in Iran taking to the streets to contest the recent reelection of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The protesters reached out to the Obama state department for support but were met with silence from the administration. The Revolution was ultimately put down viciously with many deaths and arrests.
“We must not be silent,” the United States’ Ambassador to the U.N. stated. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom loving people must stand with their cause.”
“The international community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009. We must not make that mistake again.”
The Trump Administration has been deeply critical of the Iranian regime since taking office. Over the past week, anti-government protesters have stormed the streets in dozens of cities across the country, demanding among other things their release from the iron grip of the ruling theocracy. In her remarks, Haley wasted no time criticizing the regime and siding with the protesters against their oppressors.
Haley said “nowhere is the urgency of peace, security, and freedom being more tested than in Iran,” noting that “citizens are taking to the streets to protest the oppression of their own government.”
She went on to applaud the “bravery of the Iranian people:
“It takes great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against the government, especially when their government has a long history of murdering its own people who dare to speak the truth. We applaud the tremendous courage of the Iranian people. The government of Iran is actively attempting to stop social media and other forms of communication that allow their citizens voices to be heard it. We want to help amplify the voices of the Iranian people.”
Haley declared that the protest are in “virtually in every city in Iran” and that they are calling for the “freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter.”