Forever Under Construction

June 17th

Posted in Elections, Iran by homeyra on June 17, 2009

I am tired and emotionally stirred up. I am just going to write down a few thoughts and try to keep a cool head:

All started with the accusations of rigged elections – see Why our votes were stolen. If there was a neutral oversight of the counting (I am not talking about international observers. It was possible to organize one using local observers) much of these claims could have been kept away.

Now that we are here, much of the turmoil could have been avoided by an immediate application of existing laws on such claims.

Let’s assume that the announced results prove to be correct, it is safe to state that a section of 15 millions of the eligible voters have expressed their frustration. Calling them thugs, trash or bad losers does not help. This large section of society should feel integrated in the public life.

The current events are also the revival of what we call the Khatami era. During and after two presidential mandates, Khatami has been harshly blamed for having failed to deliver what he promised. Now he and other reformists have joined the camp of Moussavi, trying to make up for what they were not able to accomplish in the past.

I sincerely hope that all could come together as soon as possible and find a plausible compromise and thus avoid to further radicalize the population and minimize risks of malevolent foreign meddling.

A few interesting links:
Is the election pitting the poor vs. the middle class? A glance at the demographic economy of the voters
Rafsanjani’s gambit backfires. Looking into the game of the main political figures
and Khamenei rides a storm in a tea cup by M K Bhadrakumar

  • Progressive observers are extremely suspicious of the motives and intentions behind the newfound concern for the Iranian people. See:

The “Bomb Iran” contingent’s newfound concern for The Iranian People
More articles in Iran category at P U L S E
See also here

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  1. […] thanks to neufneuf and homeyra for the grandmother link. Also from neufneuf, in a similar vein, is this article by former NSC […]

  2. رضا. روزگار said, on June 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Homeyra what happens to the democracy? is it fair that the looser calls his fans to come to the streets and break windows? This is exactly what we should take into our considerations. we have enough laws to solve our problems in the issue of elections. The looser side should respect our laws. good luck

  3. eatbees said, on June 17, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks so much for these links which provide a view of what’s happening that’s mostly at odds with what we’re hearing in the commercial media. As you can see from the trackback above, I’ve already used them in a blog post of my own. I can imagine some of your feelings, and all I can say is that I join you in wishing for a compromise in which all groups that sincerely expressed their hopes in this election will be represented in the next Iranian government! Best of luck to the Iranian people in your ongoing experiment.

  4. 99 said, on June 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I fear it was not just the loser doing the calling. It was certainly the many covert operatives living on the hundreds of millions of dollars allotted by the U.S. Congress to destabilize Iran who were doing the calling. 😦

  5. boogiwoogi said, on June 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Reza,
    1. The first step in democracy is accepting the power of majority. When the minority tries
    to take the power with force, democracy is violated.
    2. As I commented in the last post, every body expected fraud in this election but no one could expect the fraud would be such that everybody feels there is not just as Homeira says “a rigged election” rather an insult to a big portion of the nation.
    3. If we accept that the election is correct, so the winner would be the president of all the people. Now, as his presidency is not finished yet, he is the president of all the people. Do you think he has the right to insult his people and uses bad words to them? I have to say that he has done it so many times.
    4. As so many documented films and photos show, most of the destructions are done by guards and some secret armed people. Even the destructions done by people are started with the triggers by those guards and secret armed forces.

    At the end I have to appologize Homeira of opening this conversaion here as here is her blog and she is the one who has the right to answer the comments.

  6. Kian said, on June 17, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Best wishes with you and everyone else caught up in this over there Homeyra! From this point of view it’s a very confusing situation, as all sorts of people and news sources are taking different positions and explaining things very differently.

    I’m happy I can atleast try to keep up through your eyes,

  7. 99 said, on June 18, 2009 at 1:33 am

    I don’t know if it works in Iran, but here is a VERY illuminating video.

  8. homeyra said, on June 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Kian
    Great to hear from you and thanks for stopping by. Things seem confusing from here to. Through links I have already posted you will be able to follow various views. I am not sure if I can post that often. Internet connexion not great these days.
    All my love to you and D:)

    Bad connexion and youtube is blocked 99, will save the link for later.

    Boogi-jan manzel-e khodat ast. Please feel free to answer to who ever you wish to.

    Reza I think there were more casualties than “broken windows”.

    Eatbees: I think there is some truth in each point of view. Personally I relate this last election with Khatami’s election and compare numbers.
    If the results are correct, government’s refusal to address claims properly does not help.

  9. Richard Jeffrey Newman said, on June 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm


    Should you get the chance. On my blog: Life Imitates Art: Iran’s Opposition and Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh.

  10. boogiwoogi said, on June 19, 2009 at 12:35 am

    tnx Homeira

  11. homeyra said, on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Your’ welcome B 🙂
    Thanks Richard, going there right away.

  12. Iran’s Fair Election? said, on July 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    […] thanks to neufneuf and homeyra for the grandmother link. Also from neufneuf, in a similar vein, is this article by former NSC […]

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