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April 26, 2012

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Mohammad Alireza - 60 million people voted in those elections, so they didn't think that it was a "sham" and about 1/3rd of then voted for Ahmadinejad. Any one in any country can complain about the election process - note that even in the US there is a less transparent method used by the two parties to restrict the number of options available to voters (through corporate donations and the two-pary system's grip on the process of drawing election boundary lines which they use to minimize competition.) The matter of whether the elections were "fraudulent" or not is very significant in the narrative that is constructed about Iran -- and the claims made about the post-election rioting. Were those really "pro-democracy" riotors, or people trying to undo popular election results through force and intimidation? And finally, the truth and facts are worthy of being defended, for their own sake. The fact is that there is no evidence of any election fraud, like it or not. Anlaysts like Juan Cole who claim expertise and objectivity should be held to account when they claim something. This is true in academia as anywhere else.

Salam Cyrus,

What I don't understand is why the issue of the 2009 elections being stolen or not gets you so worked up.

The entire election process in Iran is a sham. The screening out process carefully weeds out the "undesirables" and the "non-khoddi". Election financing is very murky and one wonders where the money comes from for huge banners hanging from the side of buildings, especially when often the candidate is a government employee earning just enough per month to cover the cost of ONE of these banners.

Clearly the election process in Iran is not free, or fair, or open. Therefore any discussion about the 2009 elections being rigged or not is like arguing about how many angels can fit on the end of a needle.

Iran is a clerical military dictatorship and holding an election here is automatically a big hoax, which unfortunately a majority of Iranians have fallen for.

Peace,

Mohammad Alireza

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