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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Oh Boy

That ain't good! Mr Ahmadinejad won 62% of votes, defying predictions of a close race, to defeat the more moderate ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. After his win, Mr Ahmadinejad said he planned to create a "modern, advanced and Islamic" role model for the world. His victory means all the organs of the Iranian state are now in the hands of conservative hardliners. [...] Mr Ahmadinejad has also pledged to tackle corruption and resist Western "decadence". Tackle corruption right? Isn't voter fraud, I don't know, corruption? Reformist candidates accused Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Basij security services of orchestrating a plot to boost Mr Ahmadinejad. Interior ministry officials monitoring polling stations received some 300 complaints of electoral violations in Tehran alone, the Associated Press news agency reports. The Guardian counil ruled by Khameini, naturally, denies that any kind of electoral violation happend. The Iranian bloggers are not very happy about the result of the election and most of them consider Ahmeddinjad's win a disgrace. I love how one Iranian blogger put the result of the election though:"Ahmadinejad wins big. True to form, one of our more prominent writers characterises this seminal event so memorably as the victory of ignorance over injustice!" The new Prez vows to take more of a hardline with european negotiaters over his nuclear policy, because according to him Iranians have been too frightend in their talks before. The man is partially right, because let's face it, there is almost no reason for anyone to be afraid of the europeans. This will be good for the europeans though, it should re-teach them a thing or two on appeasement and where it gets you. It won't be good for the rest of us, especially with the possibility of Israel bombing Iran's nuclear facilities the same way they did Iraq's in the 1980's, which might prompt the Iranians to respond! I have been looking forward to a good nuclear holocaust for a while now and i might just be getting my wish. Sweet!


At 6/26/2005 10:27:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I'm really worried about Iran, and I don't see any way out of the problem with the Iranian nuke program. Very clever maneuvering the mullahs have done. They really can't lose the impending confrontation. If Israel or the US do not destroy nuclear facilities, the mullahs have nukes, and become bulletproof. If the US and/or ISrael hit the nuclear sites, then the people rally around the mullahs in nationalistic fervor, and they still win!

Really, they couldn't have played it better. The only way they lose is if the US actually invades - but if that happens, everyone loses.

They also lose if there's a popular uprising against them, but I don't really expect that to happen. I mean, that's been a dream of the west for years, but it doesn't seem like a very realistic expectation.

At 6/26/2005 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous niletheriver said...


'Islamic intervention' - I love the symbolism.

At 6/26/2005 05:01:00 PM, Anonymous Tina said...

Why is everyone so surprised at the outcome? You had an election between bad and badder. Neither one of these guys was a good guy so I expect the outcome didn't surprise anyone at the Whitehouse.

I'm sure that whatever plans are needed were made long ago and I have a feeling that those plans will surprise everyone, especially the mad mullahs.

At 6/26/2005 06:44:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

I don't think anybody in America really cared about the elections. I mean, it's just a ceremonial post anyway... what good is a president who can and will be over-ruled by the unelected Guardian Council?

Rubber stamp democracy in action. What surprises me is the number of Iranians who seem to think their votes count.


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