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Saturday, December 16, 2006
Sham Elections in Iran
Heavy Turn Out in Elections? I don't take these figures as genuine numbers and as stamp of approval for the mullahocracy by the tired people of Iran.
As my fellow blogger Azarmehr puts it:
The truth is that the Islamic regime, even despite the most restrictive candidate filtering, will pull out whoever it wants out of these dummy ballot boxes.
Elections in Iran are always fake and have no validity even if the entire nation vote in the regime's sham elections every day. Some people vote because they like the system and support it, some vote because they are afraid of consequences of not voting in this regime, just like the way people voted in Saddam's Iraq or in today Syria and they were/are afraid of not showing their support for their dictators. And some vote because they, naively, believe that voting may change the regime's behavior and give them some room to breathe. Majority of people don't want this corrupt and brutal regime but they are also too lazy to do any thing about it. I am not being cynical but laziness and lack of action among the Iranian people is not a new phenomenon either. They really don't like this type of government and if given the chance, they will choose a secular and democratic system. But the reality on the ground makes it impossible for now. If the mullahs of Iran were as favorable as they claim to be, there would be no need to block many candidates and any citizen could stand as a candidate and could also choose whom to vote for.
However Iranians are too much absorbed by the daily life and problems of it that don't know what to do about this. In one hand they reject this regime and in other hand they are clueless as to how to get rid of it. By voting in these sham elections, they may be able to create temporary space to breathe some fresh air but the entire system is not working and time has come for it to go. Therefore mullahs, who are to blame for the Iranian people's daily problems, seize the moment and exploit this opportunity to their own advantage and, by showing their so-called popularity to the world, buy some time for themselves and in the mean time keep playing with the destiny, lives and morals of the poor people they have been ruling over since 1979.
Last word is that no matter how many people vote in the elections in Iran, the entire system has lost its legitimacy but, unfortunately, it won't go away as we expect. This regime will not submit to the will of its people the way eastern European regimes did in late 80s and early 90s and the Iranian people are not eastern Europeans either.
Mullahs will have to be forced out of power and this will not be achieved if this trend of laziness and fearfulness survive among the very people who are suffering in the hand of this brutal regime.
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If there really is no internal way to bring down this regime, I'm afraid thar Iranians are in for a huge disaster.
Either USA or Israel will have to bomb Iran because they are a real threat. We cannot risk another Hitler.
Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-12-16 4:28:04 PM
they wont be able to do any thing without any major suppport from the free world. That's what I can tell you right now.
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-16 6:27:41 PM
Free elections they claim. Right, just like those in communist countries.
Posted by: Alain | 2006-12-16 6:50:32 PM
Why do they bother? - because they want to imitate the civilized Western democracies in an effort to look legitimate, in one way it could be thought of as a great compliment to the West. Thanks Iran - but you're still a bunch of uncivilized savages. Perhaps Iranians should look back at their Persian history for lessons on how to be civilized and develop further - and drop all this uncivilized Muslim fanaticism which only leads to death.
Posted by: Philanthropist | 2006-12-16 11:41:30 PM
"Iran's moderate former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has won election to Iran's powerful clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, results show. With more than half the votes counted, Mr Rafsanjani, who was defeated in the 2005 presidential election, had a clear lead at the top of the list. The election - and simultaneous local polls - was seen as a test of support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Early results suggest liberals and moderates have regained some influence." -- Current BBC report.
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-12-17 4:53:28 PM
He is no moderate. Indeed, he is the very hardliner one. He is the one who in 2000 advocated the annihilation of Israel if Iran acquires nukes
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-17 5:12:37 PM
Surely, Winston, Mr. Rafsanjani is more moderate than Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, who is currently polling only in sixth place?
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-12-17 5:24:07 PM
Winston wrote: Majority of people don't want this corrupt and brutal regime but they are also too lazy to do any thing about it.
If the people are too lazy to do anything about it why should we?
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-12-18 8:10:33 AM
As of this morning's results, Mr. Ahmadinejad's factions certainly to seem to be taking a bit of a drubbing. It will be interesting to see what Strategic Forecasting's analysis is over the next couple days.
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-12-18 8:52:36 AM
Vitruvius... Rafsanjani called for the destruction of Israeli state in 2000. Almost 7 years ago and Khomeini did the same 26 yrs ago. This is nothing new in the Iranian regime. They are all corrupt, oppressive and ugly
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-19 4:06:11 PM
No Spin Zone...
Well, I'd argue that if IRANIAN people are pushed, they will do what is necessary to remove the mullahs and I guess this push must come from abroad. That's my point. Mainstream Iranian society is tired and suffering from battle fatigue to be honest.
Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-19 4:07:27 PM
Yes, Winston, I know all that. Nevertheless, it would appear that the Iranian electorate has, in this instance, made a move in the direction I want them to move in. I know it's not everything you want, alas, I can't fix that for you.
Posted by: Vitruvius | 2006-12-19 4:34:05 PM
Don't wish too hard for Western intervention. We have a dismal track record. I'm afraid you're on your own.
Posted by: dan | 2006-12-19 4:52:48 PM
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