Iran Wrap up 7/1/09

In Foreign Affairs, Iranian election aftermath on July 1, 2009 by Editor Z

Sorry for the lack of posts on Iran, but it appears that time, the Michael Jackson death, and the repositioning of U.S forces in Iraq have begun to overshadow what is occurring in Iran. Also more and more it appears that the elite in power have been reasserting themselves through harsh reprisal against those who openly dissent in the streets. The lack of appearance by Mousavvi could also be contributing to this.

Nevertheless it continues in some ways. On Monday the ‘ Guardian Council’, a dozen or so religious leaders and politicos appointed by the Supreme leader Sayyid Ali Khomeini (an Ahmadinejad supporter) certified the Presidential election results as expected, following a recount of 10% of the ballots cast. The Supreme leader has vowed that the government will not yield to pressure exerted onto them by foreign elements nor by the demonstrators in their streets.

Nevertheless despite his lack of appearance, Mousavvi remains adamant about not ceding to the demands of the government. The Iranian government and their allies continue scapegoating and disseminating conspiracy theories, as state television in the Islamic state has released a supposed confession of a reporter who admits that his election coverage was bias and is involved in activities against the regime and several staff at the British embassy in Iran have been detained, due to what the regime all edges are participation in the demonstrations and against the state.

Regarding the death of Neda, Ahmadinejad alleges that there are many out there pretending to be members of the Baji militia and calls her death “suspicious”. And in doing his best imitation of OJ Simpson, Ahmadinejad promises to find the real killer (how much you wanna bet he like OJ just spends all his time on the golf course instead).

And the “Supreme Leader” Sayid Ali Khamanei appears to have sold out his revolution. Before he ascended to power and became a cleric, he made a statement in earlier days, probably around the time of the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution.

Quoting then (not-yet-Ayatollah) Hojatol-Islam Seyed Ali Khamanei, the current Supreme Leader at a speech in Qom: When illiteracy, poverty, hunger, injustice, and inequality have been uprooted, the Revolution has borne fruit.

The Shah’s sin was that he used to say whatever I say [goes], not what the nation says. Today anyone who repeats this behavior, it not acceptable; he is condemnable.”

“Once illiteracy, poverty, hunger, oppression and inequality are wiped away from society, the revolution will have been successful.”

As with so many revolutionary’s who eventually become leaders, reform is something to be heralded until they gain power. The term “Meet the new boss, same as the old Boss comes to mind”. So much for promises.



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