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Landslide In Iran?

Electoral, of course.

Given the announced size of the victory (62.6% to 34%), we’re to believe that the majority of the country is quite happy to maintain the confrontational course (and style) set by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not that it makes a particular difference (since the candidates all were approved by the ruling mullahs and in the case of Ahmadinejad, his opponent’s “reform” label was a relative one to begin with) in the long run. But given the reported unpopularity of Ahmadinejad and the vast turnout, it’s hard to believe that he was the first choice of the majority of those voting.

Mir Hossein Mousavi, the “opposition” candidate, claims there’s bee widespread vote fraud and he’ll take his case to court:

“I’m warning that I won’t surrender to this manipulation,” Mousavi said in a statement posted on his Web site Saturday. He said the announced results were “shaking the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s sacred system” and represented “treason to the votes of the people.” He warned that the public would not “respect those who take power through fraud.”


“I would like to inform you that in spite of wide-ranging fraud and problem-making, according to the documents and reports we have received, the majority of your votes have been cast in favor of your servant,” the statement said. It concluded with a veiled suggestion of a possible confrontation, calling his supporters into the streets to celebrate his victory Saturday night and warning that if the votes are not fairly counted, “I will use all legal facilities and methods to restore the rights of the Iranian people.”

Meanwhile the mullahs have signaled the voting charade is over:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni praised Ahmadinejad’s election and called on his rivals to cooperate with him.

In Iran, that’s as good as the fat lady singing.

So much for the “robust debate”. So much for the “unclenched fist” as well.


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7 Responses to Landslide In Iran?

  • Apparently, Mousavi was informed by the Interior Ministry last night that he was on his way to victory.
    In the morning, the results have Ahmadinnerjacket with 60+% spread evenly across the country.
    Given the there have always been regional differences in voting patterns, the eveness of the vote is supicious.

  • Yes, the fix is in.  A sad day for the Iranian people.  It’s a akin to Tiananmen Square where the old totalitarians firmly re-assert their boots upon the throats of the citizenry.

  • I just realized how our Dear Leader™ can win re-election in 2012 even though his policies are becoming about as popular as the clap:

    Do it the Ahmadinejad way!

    Say that 100,000 people vote in, for instance, Missouri. But, for some reason, they did not get the message from The Dear Leader™ that they have to bow before him to honor him for all that he has done for them! Poof! Those 100,000 pesky votes against Our Dear Leader™ will just…well, vanish!

    Now, we have 1,000 people in Illinois who did vote for The Dear Leader™. But, alas, there is a problem: they are all DEAD. Deceased. Kerput. Not currently breathing. Alas alack! The Dear Leader™ waves his bony hand, and a High Ho Silver – those 1,000 votes now become 20,000, because under ObamaCare℠, they got free health care right until they died! So their vote counts for more!

    This is Obama’s America in 2012. Get ready to take it up as arse, as those in Iran are doing now.

  • This doesn’t sound like a mugging …

    The dominant view among Obama administration officials is that the regime will look so bad as a result of whipping up Iranian hopes for democracy and then squelching them that the regime may feel compelled to show some conciliatory response to Obama’s gestures of engagement.
    … sounds more like Obama in Wonderland

    • In fact, probably the opposite is true – an even more defiant Iran which bristles at any suggestion their election wasn’t on the up and up.

  • Isn’t this where Scott chimes in with ‘I’m optimistic…’?

  • Don’t give up on Iranian democracy.   Some of the clerics, including a leading Ayatollah, has issued a fatwah against Ahmadinejad.  There is division in that country, the clerics themselves are not united, and the people are protesting.  Time for the West to step aside and let events play out in Iran through the Iranians.   If Israel does something stupid like bombs them and emboldens the extremists, then Israel’s government will condemn their country to having to face a nuclear and extreme Iran (and if they do that, we should wash our hands of Israel).