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June 20, 2005

Mullah-Designed Iran Elections A Story For "Saturday Night Live"

Topics: Iran

If the Iranian elections didn't have such ruthless consequences for a people crying for reform and relief from the stranglehold of Islamic law as viewed by the self-serving hardline mullahs, the Iranian elections would be laughable, with demands from knowledgeable followers of events in Iran for endless TV skits of the mullah-conducted election symphony - scored to deprive Iranians of their right to have free, open, and true elections of other than hand-picked cronies of the regime. In virtually every polling station, regardless of the country, Iran's election is fodder for Saturday Night Live.

Mark in Mexico           points to Will Franklin of WILLisms visit to an Iranian voting poll at a Ramada Inn in Houston and during which he was kicked out. Will interviews an Iranian real estate broker, Ms. Shara Shirvani, who also got kicked out for not wearing a veil. Will has numerous photos and a blow by blow account of the Iranian version of democracy on U.S. soil. Mark comments that the Ramada Inn manager did not want his face shown on camera, and writes that almost no one involved, with the exception of Ms. Shirvani and various police officers, wanted their photo taken.

Mark Oliver(Guardian Unlimited) writes in "Iranian Bloggers Dispair" that "the tone is largely one of despair on the pro-democracy Iran blogs today as the implications of Friday's presidential election in Iran continue to be picked over. There is much anguish about how the hardline mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, came second and is now going to face the relatively moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjari in Friday's second round run-off."

Dr. Sanity points to Mark Ledeen's lengthy piece about the thugracy in Iran (see here and here, for example), and comments, appropriately so, that we "Read, as they say, the whole thing."

Tim at the international coalition of bloggers, Freedom's Zone, posted that the New York Times reported that the race for the presidency in Iran was "thrown into turmoil Saturday when one of the top vote-getters accused conservative hard-liners of rigging the election. Interestingly, the accusation comes from Mehdi Karroubi, who is not know for being a "troublemaker".""

However, CNN, better referred to as "unreality TV," treated it like a real election. (hat tip - The BYR Blog)

And as a reminder that the Iranian election isn't the only issue we need to be concerned with, LGF writes:

"Meanwhile, the director of central intelligence gently reminded us -- or so it appears -- that we have profound problems to resolve with the mullahs. Time asked him how we were doing in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. He replied that the matter was rather more complicated than one might imagine. He was quite sure he knew where the master terrorist was located, and I think he told us that bin Laden is in Iran. Judge for yourself:

...we have some weak links...until we strengthen all the links, we're probably not going to be able to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice. We are making very good progress on it. But when you go to the very difficult question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play...

Is he not saying that bin Laden is in a sanctuary in a sovereign state? And what state could that be? If bin Laden were in Afghanistan or Pakistan, it wouldn't seem to be such a vexing problem as Goss suggests. But Iran, now that's a problem. Indeed the biggest problem in the war against terrorism."

Interestingly, the television pundits seem to think that Porter Goss was talking about Bin Laden being in Pakistan. But I took him to mean Iran, as did LGF.

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Posted by Hyscience at June 20, 2005 5:10 PM

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