It’s rather amazing that Iran went through with the election at all. Now it’s either crush the people or get tossed out…
Unofficial news – reports leaked results from Interior Ministry:
Eligible voters: 49,322,412
Votes cast: 42,026,078
Spoilt votes: 38,716
Mir Hossein Mousavi: 19,075,623
Mehdi Karoubi: 13,387,104
Mahmoud Ahmadi-nejad (incumbent): 5,698,417
Mohsen Rezaei (conservative candidate): 3,754,218
39% Mousavi, 27% Karoubi, 11% Ahmedinejad. The only thing that would lead to doubting the credibility of these numbers is the question of whether the government in Iran would bother to count the votes in the first place.
Unfortunately, right now the people are getting their asses kicked, and the Revolutionary Guard has taken over the press. Biden has expressed doubt, but let’s hope Obama and the rest of the world states openly what everybody knows to be true: Mousavi won the election, and Ahmedinejad/Khamenei tossed out the results. Get the truth out there and keep saying it.
BTW, Daniel Pipes, a major Islam-hatin’ neocon who passes for an intellectual and Middle East expert in rightwing circles openly rooted for Ahmedinejad to win, because Pipes would have better cause to push for war on Iran. Actual reform in the Middle East doesn’t matter. Our far-right lizard-brains need far-right lizard brains in other countries to fight.
UPDATE: The case for not giving Ahmedinejad rhetorical fuel by inserting ourselves into the middle of this and providing quieter support…