Sir, wait your turn!
The previous Iranian presidential election coincided with my discovery of the internet. I already used a PC for most of my work but not much the internet. Reading local publications and watching movies were enough for my spare time. The net seemed a messy place; I didn’t know where to start. The slow and erratic dial up connection didn’t make it any easier.
The 2005 election was one of my motives to go through the internet to figure out what was going on. There were many sites related to the elections, and I started to discover young Iranian bloggers who had made of Iran the third most blogging nation of that time.
Today, with the presidential elections in two weeks, the Iranian net is full of articles and posts by bloggers from all side of the spectrum discussing or sharing their evaluation of the candidates.
To have a taste of what is going on check Pedestrian (who doesn’t want a first lady), Naj and Shahrzad who has translated the opinion of each candidate’s supporters. You can also browse doxdo (a feed reader of English blogs by Iranians). There is more activity in blogs written in Persian. I have just translated what a facetuous Mandana has to say:
Sir, Wait your turn!
When I read the news that while applicants were kept behind the door Mr. Karoubi was allowed in to register for the presidential elections, and others were able to enter and register only after he was done, this came to my mind:
Isn’t there supposed to be an order to register to the presidential election? I mean they show up, they line up, and then register when it’s their turn, right? Or one can also register by appointment? Can anyone have an appointment? Are these pretentious big heads who are going to run our country serious on such an elementary issue as respecting others? I mean will they wait like everyone else for their turn or use the privilege card to shortcut?
I will only vote for the one who waits his turn like all others, even if it is Ahmadi-Nejad 🙂
I am a little disheartened. I think Obama’s election has disheartened me with the whole idea of democracy. If in the most powerful and democratic country of the world, a candidate can campaign telling one thing and do the opposite, what could we expect in our country besieged by all sides, and with so many problems?
Anyway, I will vote and I will do so for the fate and the faith of/in the Iranian youth.