Update: You can follow developments at a National Iranian American Council liveblog (Trita Parsi’s outfit) and keep checking in with Naj@ Neo Resistance. Also – Revolutionary Road. Looks like the establishment have decided on legitimising the result and clamping down on protests, but protesters are not quite so easily shut down.
Payvand– According to election officials, over 39 million out of the 46 million or 85% of Iranians eligible to vote participated in this elections.
It might be class issues were underestimated,
…There are two fault lines that run deep in the Iranian society–the rural vs. urban and the poor vs. the middle class–both of which seem to be reflected in the political divisions that have come to the fore in this election. Crude personal observations (backed by TV images!) suggest that the supporters of the two leading candidates are socially diverse: the poor (and the rural?) are more likely to vote for Mr. Ahmadinejad and the middles class in either location is for Mr. Moussavi.
If not more accurate, this way of looking at voters is at least more interesting and informative than the reformers-conservatives dichotomy.
Naj @ Neo Resistance is incensed and certainly some dark dealing is at work-
Iranians are now suffering the same pain that Ameircans suffered, when Bush was pulled out of boxes for the second time!
People in Iran are also saying that the result of vote is what America was wishing for! This is another 1953 … another nationalist effort of Iranians curtailed …
MJ Rosenberg:- …in today’s New York Times, Abrams is the latest of the neocons to publicly weep over the possible defeat of Ahmadinejad. Abrams says that election of a moderate President might deter war. He is worried. The twists and turns of the neocons are almost beyond belief. Maybe it’s not Israel they “care” about at all. Maybe even a theoretical Iranian bomb is just a pretext. Maybe all these schoolboys want is another real cool war against Muslims.
In any case, the pro-Ahmadinejad tilt of Bolton, Pipes, Abrams and the rest of the crowd that gave us the Iraq war is a demonstration of perversity unlike any I’ve ever seen in American politics. (ht2 Forever Under Construction)
Israel wants Iran neutered, as a rival for America’s affections and as a power centre free of imperial/colonial influence, Obama’s man Dennis Ross is a shifty conman who wants to stage the necessary events to make an attack on Iran possible-
“Tougher policies – either militarily or meaningful containment – will be easier to sell internationally and domestically if we have diplomatically tried to resolve our differences with Iran in a serious and credible fashion,” writes Ross.
Note that there is no way to read this sentence but to see that the goal is to attack Iran. America trying to diplomatically resolve its differences with Iran is not a goal in itself; it is merely a means to more easily sell war and sanctions.
As ever where vested imperial interests are concerned a domestic election is never allowed to happen free of interference or interpretation. Imagine not only having all the problems of your own country- crappy politicians, right wing idiots, dodgy elections etc then add- a constant and growing threat of being bombed by the most powerful and belligerent nation on Earth (which is already running terrorist operations in your country even as it repeatedly claims the moral high ground). There was no great candidate but Ahmadinejad’s shameless demagoguery is going to be less tedious for us than it will be for Iranians to live with. And we should live with it, not kill and die over it, letting our ruling elites play their divide and rule Great Game. A bunch of war pimps are rubbing their hands with glee right now, let’s be sure to disappoint them.