Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

Interesting Times in Persia

June 16, 2009

Just been reading up a little on the political strife in Iran.  However, I still feel as though I don’t really know what is going on there.  Slate has an interesting piece proclaiming the Obama administration will need to change their stance in response to the rigged election and the brutal reaction to protesters.  The author, Fred Kaplan, writes:

Given the near-certainty that Iran’s election was fixed and the documented fact that protesters are being brutalized, there is no way that Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could go to Tehran and shake hands with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, much less to expect that any talks would be worthwhile.

The author goes on to discuss the potential outcome of the current unrest. Kamal states that it is likely that the protest will peter out as the government continues to respond with brutality. An interesting point he brings up is that no one really knows who is really controlling Iran. We know there are a group of Clerics who control the country but there has been rumor that there may be disagreement within this core elite. Another point made in the piece is that the country cannot afford to have blatantly corrupt elections and still claim to be a democracy.

One point I still believe there is missing information is the point that the election was rigged. How do we know that a minority of urban youth are not rebelling just because they did not win? The Slate article states that Ahmadinejad’s primary constituents are the rural populations. Maybe these outnumber the urban?

Collapse of The Empire

September 23, 2008

According to Iran’s President Ahmadinejad the US empire is nearing collapse. Ahmadinejad addressed the UN today and once again did not hold back to expose the US government for what it really is. Here are some of his quotes:

‘American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road, and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own borders,”

”A few bullying powers have sought to put hurdles in the way of the peaceful nuclear activities of the Iranian nation by exerting political and economic pressures against Iran,”

”The U.S. government has made a series of mistakes in the past few decades. ‘The imposition on the U.S. economy of the years of heavy military engagement and involvement around the world … the war in Iraq, for example. These are heavy costs imposed on the U.S. economy.”

”The world economy can no longer tolerate the budgetary deficit and the financial pressures occurring from markets here in the United States, and by the U.S. government.”

I find it interesting that when a political leader dares to actually speak some truths that most political leaders would never say because they are busy kissing the asses of the empire, he is shunned and portrayed as some kind of maniac. I most definitely do not believe everything Ahmadinejad is true, but some things he says do make a lot of sense. Quotes are from this article in the New York Times.

I wrote this post about his address to the UN last year.