Ahmadinejad Wins: Was It “Divine Assessment” Or Fraud?

Hello, this is Ron Gold reporting.

Damn. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been reelected as President of Iran by the suspiciously high margin of 62.6% to 33.7%. He defeated reformist candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi in a highly disputed election, which has been filled with accusations of corruption. So not only will the world still have to deal with a Holocaust denying nut job, but now the people of Iran may have a President that they don’t like and think is illegitimate (insert George W. Bush joke here). Yet it might not be over, as Moussavi hasn’t thrown in the towel:

He warned “people won’t respect those who take power through fraud” and said the decision to declare Mr. Ahmadinejad the winner was a “treason to the votes of the people.”

The conflicting claims, coming after an extraordinary campaign that saw vast street demonstrations and vitriolic televised debates, seemed to undermine the public legitimacy of the vote and to threaten unrest.

The only person who could give legitimacy to the situation is the Ayatollah, but it doesn’t appear that he’ll do anything, besides saying Ahmadinejad’s victory is God’s work:

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, closed the door on any chance he could use his limitless powers to intervene in the disputes from Friday’s election. In a message on state TV, he urged the nation to unite behind Ahmadinejad, calling the result a “divine assessment.”

Well, if it really is “divine assessment,” Allah has strange taste in politicians.

But it’s clear many Iranians aren’t satisfied with the Ayatollah’s answer, and are taking to the streets (raw footage here). I wish them the best of luck.

  • http://sporkintheeye.blogspot.com Spork

    Okay, what bugs me here is that (from the news snippets I’ve seen) they appear to be using some sort of paper, handwritten, non-machine countable ballot… and were able to count the lot of them in less than a day. Whereas, in the US we still can’t figure out the Minnesota Franken/Coleman recount that started back in November.

  • Eliza

    Attributed to Josef Stalin (scroll down the linked page for citation from the biography of his personal secretary):

    I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this —- who will count the votes, and how.

  • llewelly

    Ahmadinejad Wins: Was It “Divine Assessment” Or Fraud?

    There’s no evidence of a difference between fraud and a divine cause.

  • Luther

    Whereas, in the US we still can’t figure out the Minnesota Franken/Coleman recount that started back in November.

    The Minnesota recount was figured out long ago. Franken is the winner. Its just wasteful frivolous court challenges that have been going on for close to six months.

    The election to compare with Iran is the 2004 election in the U.S. See Brad Blog for all the ironies:

    Iran’s 2009 Election Results Suggest Massive Fraud…Just Like Ohio’s in 2004
    Without citizen oversight and transparency, ‘faith-based’ elections threaten democracy no matter where they are held…

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • Curtis

    Power in Iran belongs to the Ayatollahs – the president only has the power that they cede to him. A sham election for a sham office seems appropriate.


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