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“Lose” An Election, Go To Jail

It’s kind of hard to protest an election in court when you’re in jail.

Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi was reportedly arrested Saturday following the reformist’s defeat at the polls by hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Mousavi’s arrest was reported by an unofficial source, who said that the presidential contender had been arrested en route to the home of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

My guess – and that’s all it is – is this is a move to defuse the protests. It will also remove the last bit of the veneer from the belief that these were “free and open” elections. In some ways this makes Iran easier to deal with. There’s no longer any doubt that it is a totalitarian regime where no “robust debate” is taking place or possible.

Look – the fantasy that these were “free and open” elections was a sham to begin with. 475 people applied to run for the presidency. 4 were approved by the ruling mullahs. That should tell you all you need to know about this election. Even Mousavi had impeccable revolutionary credentials, or he wouldn’t have been one of the 4.

But the election appears to have taken an unexpected turn. It would seem those that voted for Mousavi and perhaps Mousavi himself, took it a little more seriously than the authorities expected. Supporters turned out in record shattering numbers (85% of eligible voters) to vote and simply aren’t buying this supposed “landslide” win the mullahs and IRG had put together to keep their guy in office.

Crude, certainly, but to be expected. Authoritarians don’t believe in the democratic process – never have. But they understand the power of popular approval – even if they have to fake it and fake it poorly.

~McQ

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4 Responses to “Lose” An Election, Go To Jail

  • That “robust debate” line is the most clueless utterance from this administration yet. And with Biden around, that’s saying a lot.

  • I think that Obama was refering to the vaiety of “robust debate” that he prefers. It’s the kind of debate that ACORN has been lavishly funded to maintain. I bet Obama giggles to himself every time he thinks about the fact that conservative and libertarian tax dollars are going to fund his re-election campaign.

  • Certain people here would like to do the same thing….

  • MiniTru in general and D-CNN covered this “election” like it was real, like the mullahs wouldn’t make the ultimate selection no matter what the voting results were. I wonder whether they have any inkling of how stupid they look now?