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July 12, 2009


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The "inexplicably quick vote count" is quite easily explained, but is unprecedented in Iran. As are many other evidences. They may not be hard-core proof, but they all add to the preponderance of the conclusion that the election was rigged. Picking up one of Pirouz's points, and maneuvering around it may not add, but will reduce, the strength of your blog.

[Cyrus Responds: Sorry but when you collect a lot of nothing, you still have nothing. In previous elections the vote was announced after 3 days. In this, after 1 day. This is the first time that the tallies were electronically sent to the interior ministry. Many other evidences?And I am not under a duty to respond to every alleged "point" in every rant posted in comments especially when it consists of bare assertions of opinion. If you don't like my blog, please hit the road.]

Well, I partly disagree with you on this. I am not sure where you are and how involved you have been with the people of Iran, but I known that many of my old university friends' and my brother's bodies are covered with signs of baton (beaten at the demonstrations), and my sister (who lives in the neighborhood of Enghelab Sq.) has helped many who escaped the anti-riot police. I don't think you have any better position to comment on their cause!

Well, I, like you, thought that Ahmadinejad is going to fight the corruption. I was wrong. He is more corrupt than any other figure in Iran. He has the backing of the basij and many of THE most influential clerics and officials.

If you still think of him as an anticorruptionist, you need to study his economic achievements!. You may also want to look at Iran's corruption index and compare it with past years. You may also want to look up how Mahsouli (his minister) has gathers his wealth in such a short period of time.

There are also some parts that I totally agree with: The fact that the exiled opposition is trying to hijack the post-election movement is very true. Those who called for boycotting the election, are now crying "where is my vote?", which is absolutely disgusting. This can easily suffocate the movement; directly (by disappointing the people who hate / don't like those oppositions) or indirectly (by giving the basijis an alibi to crush the demonstrations).

For ordinary Iranians, reform refers to social issues and everyday economic realities. The center of gravity for unrest is at the street level, not at the top of the power elite. The shuffling political factions referred to as reformers actually straddle this discontent, rather than effectively directing it. As for any exile groups, they are completely irrelevant.

So how has this extensive, low level unrest been explained by the governing political elite in Iran? They simply attribute it to a conspiracy by the Western powers. Meanwhile the social and economic grievances at the heart of the matter aren't even acknowledged.

This blog's stated interest is in Iranian foreign policy and international affairs. Cyrus, do you accept the authoritative explanation that all of Iran's current internal dissent can be attributed to the mischievous role of Western powers? That is, after all, a question of international relations. Please explain how those hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of ordinary Iranian demonstrators were supposedly manipulated by the West into protesting against the mishandling of the recent presidential election.

Make no mistake, the mishandling of the presidential election has undermined the credibility of the republican nature of the nation. The inexplicably quick vote count, the election procedural changes put into effect, the severing of various forms of communication and mass media, the impartiality of the Supreme Leader, the absurdity of the authoritative explanation for the ensuing unrest, all constitute a gross mishandling of the election. So does the ill discipline and unprofessional character of the Basij.

Political struggle within Iran's power elite provides an explanation for the mishandling of the election itself, not what the unrest in Iran is really about. Crooke's analysis is aloof and does not take into consideration the day-to-day realities of ordinary discontented Iranians, who are now evident on a scale not seen since 1979.

[Cyrus Responds: the "inexplicably quick vote count" is quite easily explained. See previous entries.]

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