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Trouble in Tehran: The Times They Are A-Changin’

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While many American are worrying about whether or not John and Kate will stay faithful to one another, citizens in Iran are wondering whether the Iranian government was being faithful to them. On June 12th, Iran held its 2009 election between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the opposition candidate Mir-Hossen Mousavi. The results should Ahmadinejad winning by a landslide victory (62.3 percent to Mousavi’s 33.75 percent), but the people of Iran and most of the international community find that hard to believe.

The news media had been reporting for weeks that this election would be on of the closest election in years and that the outcome was too close to call before the physical election took place. Mousavi was seen as the candidate to improve how the world viewed Iran. For years, Iran has been the Black Sheep of the Middle East in the eyes of America. Amidst Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-U.S. and anti-Israel rhetoric, many western countries feared the growing nuclear capabilities of the Middle Eastern nation. Ahmadinejad has also been blamed for Iran’s deflating economy and the limited civil liberties bestowed upon Iranians. There was hope that Mousavi would be the candidate to fix these problems.

When the results were read stating that Ahmadinejad had won by such a large margin many believed that the elections had been rigged by the government. Trita Parsi, head of the National Iranian American Council remarked.

“This was a selection, not an election. At least authoritarian regimes like Syria and Egypt have no democratic pretenses. In retrospect it appears this entire campaign was a show: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wasn’t ever going to let Ahmadinejad lose.”

Thousands of citizens went to the streets of Tehran to protest the results and what started out as a peaceful demonstration has now been compared to the 1989 protest in Tiananmen Square. “Death to the dictator!” can be heard in every corner of the city. Many are calling to annul the election results and have another election with the U.N. being accountable for counting the votes.

What the Iranian government will do is uncertain. What the Iranian government should do is obvious. If the elections results were legit then there should be no problem in conducting another election. Even if more supporters of Mousavi come out this go around, Ahmadinejad “won” by such a large margin that it wouldn’t matter. Right?


Written by thecosbykid

June 15, 2009 at 1:49 am

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  1. great blog amazing pictures for the riot


    June 15, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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