This was an important election.
Ahmadinejad learned well.
Iran's most recent "election"
was simliar to the American
elections of 2000 and 2004.
As yet, the administration
in Iran has been relatively
benign. They have not
pursued policies nearly
as damaging as the corporate
machinations of Dick Cheney
and his band of thugs...
but this newest power-grab
might make Ahmadinejad
as feckless as George and
Dick in his thirst for power.
The actual seat of power in Iran has shifted,
and while this shift might be inevitable, the
infighting and posturings it may inspire could
There are at least three choices:
Ahmadinejad's tenuous house of cards,
Mir Hossein Mousavi's grassroots movement,
and the reality of Ayatollah Jannati and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
the actual power in The Guardian Council.
Ahmadinejad's aspirations are untenable and his days
are numbered. And The Guardian Council is no longer
perceived to be an unwavering seat of power. They blinked.
"According to the information received from
provinces and from Tehran, Mousavi has got
65 percent of the votes cast." (Liberal cleric
and former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi
came second in the election with a total of 13.3
million votes, while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came
third with only 5.49 million votes.)"
Leaked Iran Presidential Election Results : Mir-Hossein Mousavi Won
False choices will not determine the fate of
the Iranian nation. And if leaders in America
and elsewhere can find the necessary courage,
Mousavi's victory and the will of the Iranian
people will neither be ignored nor denied.