I’ve been quietly watching the ongoing elections in Iran despite knowing they in fact mean little to nothing in actual political power or influence in Iranian politics. Nevertheless, I observed expecting nothing more than another token pseudo-democratic process in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was rubber stamped into power by the Ayatollahs. Unfortunately, this did happen. Just not the way I expected, thanks to the children of the Revolution.
So what happened? Another individual, Mir Hussein Moussavi, came on the scene. At first he seemed like just another token reformer the Ayatollahs allow to run in order to guage the level of loyalty or disastisfaction the populace has for their islamic dictatorial regime. Regardless of whether Mr. Moussavi is a genuine reformer or not he has, by all appearances, sparked intense interest and gathered a surprisingly strong following from Iran’s younger generations yearning for a more moderate approach with the world politic. Enough so that there is now questions raised about Ahmadinejad’s alleged landslide victory in the elections there.
Naturally, there is skepticism of the results, especially when straw polls don’t even reotely match the supposedly neutral tallies. While straw polls are notoriously inaccurate I do find it hard to believe that Mr. Moussavi lost in his own political stronghold. Add to this the convenient shutting down of SMS and internet access to pro-Moussavi websites and we have the current state of tension and sporadic violence now arising over claims of electoral graud, intimidation. and police oppression.
I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. My only hope is in the young people finally standing up to the Ayatollahs and their thugs in the police, intelligence service, and military to stop the insanity before it spirals out of hand. But again, the Iranian leadership has hardly ever felt the need for restraint when they feel their power is threatened. The problem, of course, is that have become the very exact corrupt entity they overthrew in the Revolution and their children know. Is it any wonder that now the children of the Revolution may in fact require their own Revolution in order to correct the misguided path of abuse, isolationism, and militarism the Ayatollahs have led them down?
I’m not foolish enough to think that the removal of the Ayatollahs would suddenly right all relations between Iran and much of the rest of the world. Neither do I fall for the lies and propaganda that has some Americans thinking Iranians are all terrorists with suicide vests eager to embroil the world in a jihad inspired nuclear conflagration. The Iranians have justified complaints against many nations, particularly in the West, on a number of issues but none that I think that would prevent a normalization of relations and a more prudent approach to solving these issues.
I can hope such change is in the wind.