Iran So Far Away
So we’re talking about Iran with our neighbor, who has family in the region, and we try out our line about how if you’re going to steal an election, at least make a good show of it.
And then as he expresses his fear about what will happen if so many hopes are dashed, we recall that this week is the twentieth anniversary of Tiananmen — the iconic tank photo was taken June 5.
It’s too soon to tell what, if anything, will happen. But officially, Ahmapunchline won 65 percent of the vote and the adoring commentary of wingnuts for the next week. (World villains are so hard to find these days.) And just as officially, housing prices in Tehran have doubled each of the past two years, inflation topped 28 percent last summer, unemployment is at 30 percent, and the Iranian economy is in the shitter.
As we’ve seen this week, there’s a lot more to Iran than nukes and antisemitic pipsqueaks. And now that we’re stepping down from the role of World’s Raging Asshole, perhaps we’ll see more of it.
Ahmadinejad leading as final result nears [CNN]
Ahmadinejad ‘nearing Iran election victory’ [BBC]
Photo: Mehdi Ghasemi [Iranian Students News Agency]
Wait…we are at war with…
@RZ: The US seems, for some as yet unknown reason though speculation is rampant, to have opened a new front in its ongoing war with Homostan.
Rahm seems to have forgotten what happened the last time my people shaved their chests and pulled on their leather speedos. He does not want us going Thermopylae on his ass. The only thing tougher than a band of brothers is a band of boyfriends.
This is what I don’t get about Iran and these comparisons to Nazee Germany.
1) Iran, despite some propaganda and intelligent engineers/scientists, doesn’t have the strong industrial base to build the sophisticated weapons it needs for, er, world domination unlike say Germany which sort of did
2) As pointed out above, Iran’s economy is really in the shitter. Oil revenues and black market goods are all that it has to sustain it
3) Population explosion. 2/3 of its population is young and pissed off without prospects. Same throughout the Middle E, but the krazees are already in power there.
I’m no fan of the crazees, but it seems easier and cheaper to let Iran implode on it’s own.
Didn’t anyone remember the lessons of the French Revolution or even the first Iran/Iraq war? A divided population is going to unify against a foreign enemy. Got a feeling that Iran Diebolded the results.
Me too. And in a very “Fuck You, I’m stealing this and I don’t care who knows about it” way…
Watching CNN – Iran’s youth are in the street. They need to drive Ahmadinejad from office. Fucking douchebag.
RomeBoy said in Montpel they’re honking horns and parading around with the Iranian flag.
@blogenfreude: Are the old religious nuts losing control?
@Dodgerblue: Not unless the rage is ramped up even more – then there might be a chance.
Like I said earlier. Check the demos. Iran is 2/3 under 30.
If the yout’ are pissed. Watch out. From what little I’ve read, the Ahmedinijad was not the yout’ choice.
The election guys in Iran should have fucked with the polls, too. When it says things were TOO close and then suddenly the A has a landslide? Apparently, the CIA isn’t the only group in Iran able to rig an election.
@Dodgerblue: Let’s hope the kids are tearing out their eyes and skull fucking them on CNN by tonight.
Doubts sort of confirmed.
From NYT courtesy of Huffpo
One man who worked in the Ministry of Interior, which carried out the vote count, said the government had been preparing its fraud for weeks, purging anyone of doubtful loyalty and importing pliable staff members from around the country.
“They didn’t rig the vote,” claimed this man, who showed his ministry identification card but pleaded not to be named. “They didn’t even look at the vote. They just wrote the name and put the number in front of it.”
Mousavi appears to be under house arrest — the rulers are making a very bad show of it.
Meanwhile, although they remembered to shut down texting and Facebook yesterday, they neglected to block access to YouTube and Farsi Twitter. Whatever happens, they’ve lost even the semblance of legitimacy among the kids, and that’s going to have consequences.
@ManchuCandidate: And Sully’s running a chart that suggests even yesterday’s ongoing vote announcements weren’t even trying.
If you’re going to steal an election in the face of robust opposition, at least make it look good, so folks can feel like they blew off steam and gave it their best shot. As it stands, it’s a sheer farce.
The Beeb sez thousands of young people in the streets, and various headquarters of the secret police have been attacked and vandalized. Guess they’re not so secret if a bunch of 20somethings armed with cellphones and Twitter can track them down.
ADD: Protest photos here
@SanFranLefty: The one single thing that will unite all those folks: a strike by Israel or the U.S.
No shit. Best thing for everyone to do is to wait and watch, and exercise some patience and self-control. I could see Abjuma-ass-hat lobbing a few missiles west to Iraq or east to Afghanistan just to see if he can bait us into responding, and change the subject.
Major shit apparently going down:
Stratfor is reporting that Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, head of the Expediency Council, has resigned.
Though unconfirmed, the report is saying that Rafsanjani is resigning from his position as head of the Expediencey Council, NOT his position as the leader of the Assembly of Experts, which has oversight responsibility over the office of the Supreme Leader and would be responsible for naming Ayatollah Khamenei’s successor.
The President of the Committee of Election Monitoring: The Election is Invalid
Hojjat-ol-Eslam Yali Akbar MohteshamiPour officially requested that the Guardian Council to cancel this election and schedule a new election balanced and moderated democratically with the widespread and national presence of the people.
The Iranian Electoral Commission (Sianat az ara) was approved by all candidates to monitor the election results
Conflicting reports, now, about Mousavi’s supposed arrest.
It’s breaking news Saturday! Double-source everything!
@SanFranLefty: Jr and I loved this!
TJ back to last night: Dan Savage has more info on the DOJ attorney who wrote the DOMA brief. Seems he got an award from Alberto Gonzales for his work defending the so-called “Partial Birth Abortion Act” – what a douche hat.
[testing effin gravatar — move along. nothing to see here.]
Compilation of cell phone videos from Tehran. The guys getting beat up by the Iranian military look so young.
@SanFranLefty: Okay, that requires a link to insanely cute animals.
@Mistress Cynica: Thank you for cute animals. This one of the puppy made my head asplode. That dog has the markings, sass and princess attitude in the face that my furbaby in the dog park in the sky had.
Just one small battle in a long war, Bene. That case is not the end of the debate.
Hang in there. It’s gonna get better.
I know that’s not much, but when I was in L school ten years ago, all this was but a dream. So I feel fairly confident that good times are ahead.
It’s strange to see, they actually treat politics like something that matters, over there.
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