Iran’s Ahmadinejad Claims Victory

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


Iran’s election was in the news:

TEHRAN, Iran — Opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with police in the heart of Iran’s capital Saturday, pelting them with rocks and setting fires in the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. They accused the hard-line president of using fraud to steal election victory from his reformist rival.

The brazen and angry confrontations _ including stunning scenes of masked rioters tangling with black-clad police _ pushed the self-styled reformist movement closer to a possible moment of truth: Whether to continue defying Iran’s powerful security forces or, as they often have before, retreat into quiet dismay and frustration over losing more ground to the Islamic establishment.

But for at least one day, the tone and tactics were more combative than at any time since authorities put down student-led protests in 1999. Young men hurled stones and bottles at anti-riot units and mocked Ahmadinejad as an illegitimate leader…

The U.S. refused to accept Ahmadinejad’s claim of a landslide re-election victory said it was looking into allegations of election fraud.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she hoped the outcome reflects the “genuine will and desire” of Iranian voters. At a joint appearance with Clinton, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said his country was “deeply concerned” by reports of irregularities in the election.

Past Iranian elections were considered generally fair. In 2005, when Ahmadinejad was first elected, the losing candidates claimed irregularities at the polls, but the charges were never investigated.

“The majority of Iranians are certain that the fraud is widespread,” said Tehran-based analyst Saeed Leilaz. “It’s like taking 10 million votes away from Mousavi and giving them to Ahmadinejad.”

Whether this is enough to spawn a sustained opposition movement remains an open question…

Ahmadinejad accused the foreign media of producing coverage that harmed the Iranian people, saying “a large number of foreign media … organized a full-fledged fight against our people.”

Yet some U.S. lawmakers didn’t hesitate to voice skepticism of the outcome.

“There appears to be pretty good evidence that this is a cooked election,” Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., told FOX News. “And the most depressing thing for me is we were going to see whether in fact the true leaders of this country, the religious leaders, were going to allow for a real election to have an expression of the people.

“It appears now from what we see coming in is that was not the case,” he said. “That gives an indication that they did not have a real intention of really have a change.”

Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., said: “This election was neither free nor fair and the world is more dangerous with Ahmadinejad as president of Iran.

He noted that Ahmadinejad has developed a close relationship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, “threatening the freedom, security and prosperity of the Western Hemisphere.”

Presuming that the election is over and the demonstrations will die down, the retention of Ahmadinejad suggests that Iran feels that its outward religious bent and nuclear stance should be continued.

Israel, the USA, and others may have a different view.

Since Iran will NOT be the King of the South, it is certainly possible that Israel may reduce Iran’s influence.  And that will then make the Arab Muslims relatively more influential.

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