Friday, June 19, 2009

Iran, continued

This recent al Jazeera video (via Juan Cole) seems to partially confirm what I wrote earlier this week about Ahmedinejad's support among rural voters.

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At June 19, 2009 10:06 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Good catch Jonathan, yes it does give a lot of credence to what you wrote about Iran’s rural voters. Today Chris Floyd suggests that the CIA would prefer to have Ahmedinejad as his style is easier for the U.S. to demonize. We know that the CIA has been funding terrorist groups in Iran and that our interference in that country goes back many, many years. Still, it seems very difficult for some Americans and the news media to believe that the election in Iran may have been a relatively honest one. Maybe believing the election was rigged reinforces in their own minds that those Persians cannot govern themselves, being all hysterical and all. Now in America, we would never stuff a ballot box because we are the ultimate expression of democracy even with our two party republic.

At June 20, 2009 10:36 AM, Blogger Charles F. Oxtrot said...

I think any attempt to see Iranians' politics through the eyes of / by comparison to Americans is flawed. The notion that there's always dumb rural hicks and smart urban professionals is pretty broad-brush and unless Iran is just like America -- which it's not, thankfully, for Iranians -- there's not much to Gatekeeper Cole's angle on things. Cole doesn't see reality so much as he tells us his weaknesses, his own perspective flaws, his own foolish meddling as a dimwit Donkeybot.

I mean, think about it:

Iran -- civilization thousands of years old

America -- colony then pretend-empire only 230 years old.

What in hell is Juan Cole smoking?


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