August 2, 2010
Today’s State Dept PJ CROWLEY press briefing re: Brazilian president’s offer of asylum to Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani who is about to be ececuted for a crime she did not commit and has already been punished for with 99 lashes and 5 years in prison.
QUESTION: — President Lula da Silva from Brazil, he asked (inaudible) President Ahmadinejad to receive this woman who is facing execution by stoning. I would like to have your opinion about this initiative and also to know if you think that this is a better contribution from Brazil in the case of Iran than in the nuclear issues.
MR. CROWLEY: Well, first of all, we think that stoning in the 21st century is a barbaric act and it should be outlawed. That said, as to the disposition of this particular case, if Brazil is willing to accept this woman, we would hope that Iran would consider that as a humanitarian gesture, much in the same way that we would like to see our hikers come home as a humanitarian gesture.
I would like to know who asked this question.
QUESTION: But do you think that this is a better contribution from Brazil in the case of Iran than in nuclear issues?
MR. CROWLEY: I wouldn’t tie the two together. This is a case that has caught the attention of the international community, and the fact that Brazil has stepped up and indicated a willingness to try to resolve it, we hope Iran will listen.
And our own Dear Leader? Who has shown absolutely no intention of going against his Muslims brothers to stop the inhumane torture and oppression of women and girls in the Muslim world.
For that BARACK OBAMA will always be a fraud and a failure and someone who does not qualify to be in the same room as Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton. And why his wife, who has allowed herself not to enter Muslim countries with her husband, will never be given the title First Lady.
First Ladies of the United States do not stand by and allow women to be raped, tortured, mutilated and killed without doing something about it. Cindy McCain has already done more to help women and children than Michelle Obama will do in the rest of her life. And former First Lady Laura Bush still works with Afghan women. There is no need to state the obvious about former First Lady Hillary Clinton, named Most Admired Women in the World 14 times, who took on Beijing 15 years ago and whose speech became #35 of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.