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Iran Moves To Defuse Protests

The Iranian government has started making moves to quell the protests that have arisen in the wake of the contested Iranian presidential election.

Move one was for Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to meet with Mir Hussein Moussavi and agree to investigate his allegations of election irregularities. This will again provide the veneer of legitimacy when the “investigation” returns its verdict of minor irregularities but none serious enough to invalidate the election within 10 days.

In the meantime, Khamenei apparently got Moussavi to help stop the protests:

The protesters gathered in Tehran despite a government ban on further demonstrations, and at one point Mr. Moussavi apparently called off the rally. As originally planned, the rally was to begin at Tehran University and reach Azadi Square several miles away.

But it apparently never got under way.

The other reason has to do with what we talked about on the podcast last night. Most of the protests are coming from university student groups. Those groups have been thoroughly infiltrated by police informers. Last night, police moved on the information gathered:

Opposition Web sites reported that security forces raided a dormitory at Tehran University and 15 people were injured. Between 150 and 200 students were arrested overnight, by these accounts, but there was no immediate confirmation of the incident from the authorities. There were also reports of official action against students in the cities of Esfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz.

In addition, leaders of the opposition were rounded up:

The opposition members arrested late Saturday and Sunday were from all the major factions opposed to Mr. Ahmadinejad and included the brother of a former president, Mohammad Khatami, opposition Web sites reported. Some were released after several hours.

Meanwhile Ahmadinejhad wrote off the opposition protests as “unimportant” and likened them to disappointed soccer fans. He also invoked the external threat:

He suggested the accusations of fraud were the work of foreign agitators and journalists.

Classic police-state tactics, with a twist. For whatever reason the Iranian mullocracy finds it desirable to have at least the veneer of democratic legitimacy associated with their authoritarian rule. So they will go through this charade of an investigation in an attempt to maintain it. But if anyone thinks that the outcome will be any different than that announced previously by the Interior Ministry, there’s a well-known bridge in Brooklyn you may be interested in buying.


18 Responses to Iran Moves To Defuse Protests

  • The rally never got underway?? suggests differently.

  • And while this is going on, Our Dear Leader™ remains as quiet as a dead mule.

    Now, imagine if in some far-off country (music, please) there was a terrible election, and people were marching for democracy, and Bush said nothing. In fact, he went on his merry way, talking about medical care and Bush’s takeover of 1/6th of the economy. You would hear, from the Leftwing Loons, that “Bush doesn’t care about democracy” or “Bush doesn’t like dissent” or “Bush hates the ____ people” (you fill in the blank.

    Put say those same things about The Dear Leader™, who so far hasn’t cleared his throat enough to mention Iran, and the Left will huff, and puff, and say that you are impugning his (alleged) patriotism.

    The Left never surprises me with their rank hypocrisy. This is why they have fools and knaves on their side of the aisle who continue to vote for their dimwitted party no matter what they say or do. Want to take away your guns? Conservative Democrats, especially in the US Senate, somehow stick with The Dear Leader™. Gays? They have been fugged by this crowd, yet somehow they will come crawling back to support them in 2010 and 2012. Jews? Israel is being thrown under the bus, but somehow Jews in Florida and elsewhere will line up to pout money and votes into the Democrats’ vaults.

    Maybe that kind of crap works for them because they have complete dimwits on their side.

  • Why do you think this is a farce? After all our dear leader thinks that we can trust them to talk and discuss issues openly and honestly. He trusts them implicity to keep their word and has even deigned to give his blessing on their nuclear power plant. Obama cant be wrong, after all he is the Annointed One. He will bring us together, the seas will rise and the earth has begun to heal itself.

  • This must be Bush’s fault somehow.

    Or maybe Rove.

    Or perhaps Palin.

    One of them is to blame! Maybe all 3

  • POTUS golfs while Iran burns

  • Bush – he left us with this situation in Iran and didn’t resolve it.
    Middle East is also his fault – again, didn’t resolve it.
    He involved us in a lost war in Iraq when he should have been focusing on Afghanistan and improving relations with Iran (who were the big winners of us over throwing Hussein).
    But Obama has brought us new hope, I’m optimistic!    Anyone for Kool-aid, it’s grape flavor today!

  • In the mean time, North Korea is threatening nuclear war while we’re focused on this election. It makes me think this was…orchestrated?

  • This report suggests that the results may be legitimate.
    Well, as legitimate as one can get with the mullocracy in Iran.

  • I realize photos don’t always tell the truth – but damn!  Take a look at photos from Azadi square.

  • I’m so glad we have a POTUS who is helping to democratize the world unlike Bushitler who did nothing….
    Yep….aaaany day now….

  • But, but, but… I thought those Iranian mullahs were sooooper geniuses. A well-credentialed professor told me so!

  • I am with tkc here….what if the results are legit? Tehran may vote reformist, but how about the countryside? Imagine NYC rioting over Florida election results in 2000…not that unimaginable.

    Link from Ace….seems to dispute the WP piece linked by tkc.

  • The demonstrators need guns.

    • Yeah, for exactly the same reason that the 2nd Amendment is in the Constitution.

      “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  • I can’t believe people actually believe these results are legitimate.
    Don’t be duped by this theocracy.  Their game is old as time itself.

  • Noble and correct, but my thoughts are more selfish. Entertaining the notion of seeing the possible demise, of a group of people who have called for the total destruction of the United States, is something that should be encouraged.




  • @ Harun: Thanks for the counterview. I’m not a big fan of polls so I put in, “This report suggests….” I’m not completely convinced by it simply because that is the nature of polls.

    @David Samra: regardless of whether or not the results of the elections were rigged it is my opinion that the whole things was show to begin with. No matter who won they would have been pre-approved by the mullocracy. So it wasn’t really an election in any normal sense. It is more like, “Which one of our men would you prefer?” Which makes it all the more surreal that they would feel the need to rig it anyway.