Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Challenging the Election

The results of the recent election in Iran are disputable. Throngs have protested in the streets of Tehran that the election results were rigged. There is an uprising lead by a young, educated class that wants an end of rule by the dispicable Mr. "I'm-a-dinner-jacket". His people claim he won a landslide victory and even took 67% of the vote in the hometown of his opponent. Some Americans are hopeful we will see changes there to diffuse the current dangerous political situation.

Iran has forbidden news coverage of the civil disobedience objecting to election results. Apparently they only release images of throngs burning US flags. They don't want the world to know the populace is tired of a lying, anti-American president. He should be worried. Look what a disgruntled revolutionary force did in that country thirty years ago.

Today's news states the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has intervened and asked for a partial vote recount. As a Minnesotan who has watched our recount and partial recount unfold since November, I say "Good luck with that". We will see. Maybe after our two contestants have exhausted the State Supreme Court they will not be allowed to take it to the highest court in the land. I don't think they can count on a passionate electorate taking to the streets to demand either's enstatement to office. It wouldn't be appropriate to seek an decision by the Ayatollah. Perhaps they could decide it with a flip of the coin. Perhaps that would have been a good idea in November.

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