Iran Votes Against Change

by Ryan on June 13, 2009

in Election 2009,International Relations,Tyranny,War on Terror

Ha!  That’s a funny title since transparent democracy is quite foreign the closer one gets to the reins of power in Iran where a theocratic oligarchy tells their puppet (still Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) what to say and how to act.  Putting Mahmoud’s opponent, Mir Hossein  Mousavi, in power would have been like merely changing the label but not what’s inside the bottle.  Granted I’d prefer the bottle to say “We’ll cooperate to end the sanctions” to “Death to Israel and America!” even if nothing would substantively change — it’s just not as apocalyptic.

Yet, violence has erupted on the Iranian street after it was determined that Ahmadinejad was reelected.  Mousavi’s campaign headquarters was sacked, the Interior Minister is calling the counter-protests “unauthorized gatherings” (we all know what that means), and Mousavi himself blames the “lies and dictatorship” for the lopsided outcome which was roughly 63-34% in favor of Ahmadinejad.  “Divine assessment”?  Not so fast says Mousavi who’s not going quietly. 

While I’m never a fan of Sore-Losermanship in democratic systems, seeing violence as such breaking out in dictatorships like Iran is just peachy, even if the votes were 100% legitimate!  Now, wouldn’t it be great if we could follow up by supporting the democracy movement in Iran by loudly encouraging a recount, or publicly reject the election outcome until international observers could come in and publicly verify the strength and independence of their election system; you know, anything to tweak them a little?  Not with Neville Chamberlain you won’t.

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