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Game of “Sorry” International Edition: Bringing “Change” to IRAN June 13, 2009

Vandalized campaign poster for presidential challenger, Mehdi Karroubi opponent of Ahmadinejad

Vandalized campaign poster for presidential challenger, Mehdi Karroubi opponent of Ahmadinejad

During the Iranian election campaigns, it was noticed by political analysts that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ran a populist campaign with many similarities to President Barack Obama’s 2008 message of “change”.

Obama painted himself as the ecosexual, ” Washington outsider” a man of color raised by a single mother with humble beginnings. Obama emphasized that he was the American Dream and someone who rose above the food stamps and racial obscurity to become successful. He gave back to his “people” by giving up a lucrative career in law to becom a “community organizer”. This was Obama’s meme and Americans bought it hook, line and sinker.

In the politically dramatic country such as Iran, who could blame Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for not capitalizing on Obama’s brilliant campaign strategy. If “change” worked once, it should work again and Obama believes that “change” is possible in Iran:

Friday, June 12, 2009

Obama says change is possible in Iran

President Barack Obama said Iran’s “robust debate” leading up to Friday’s presidential elections is evidence that change is possible, and expressed optimism that U.S. diplomatic efforts could get a boost no matter who wins.

“We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran,” Obama said at the White House, as Iranians packed polling stations to choose between keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or electing a reformist who favors greater freedoms. Ahmadinejad’s main rival is reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, who served as prime minister in the 1980s and has become the surprise hero of a powerful youth-driven movement in the fiery, monthlong campaign.

“We think there’s the possibility of change,” Obama told reporters, answering an impromptu question about the significance of the elections.

“Ultimately the election is for the Iranians to decide,” he said. “But … you’re seeing people looking at new possibilities. And whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact that there’s been a robust debate hopefully will help advance our ability to engage them in new ways.”

The State Department was also speaking optimistically about Iran’s election.

“It’s a very positive sign that the people of Iran want their voices and their votes to be heard and counted,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Like many inside and outside Iran we are going to wait and see what the results are.”

The results are in!!!! Ahmadinejad won. Well they think but he has been declared the winner of the election. Like Barack Obama, he won by a landslide. “Change” is indeed coming to Iran. You may ask why do I constantly emphasize the word “change” with quotation marks. “Change” has changed for me since Obama hijacked the word during his campaign. Change can be a good thing. We all need fresh ideologies and political dialogue that is engaging. However Obama’s use of the word “change” was merely an empty campaign slogan- a catch word. Real change was never intended and I am certain that “change” will be just as empty and unacheived in Iran.

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Iranian women in support of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi

Another similarity shared by the American and Iranian elections was the impact of the results upon women.  The scene of women voting in Iran was proof that they are a vital participants in the electorate. There were women who supported Ahmadinejad’s candidacy but more , especially those who desired to advance the rights of women in Iran supported the incumbent Ahmadinejad’s opponent Mir Hossein Mousavi.ahmadinejad-joker

Feminist Daily News Wire
June 11, 2009

Women to Play Major Role in Iran Election

Women’s rights have emerged as an important issue in Iran’s presidential race to be held Friday. Women make up half of the Iranian electorate and candidates have been courting their votes. While incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has the support of some women, many are excited by the campaign of his strongest challenger, reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Mousavi’s wife, Zhara Rahnavard, has played an uncommonly visible role in the campaign. She is respected by many as Iran’s first high-ranking female university professor and for her work as an artist, according to BBC. President Ahmadinejad attacked her integrity during a televised debate last Wednesday, accusing her of university violations including not taking an entrance exam before entering a graduate program. Rahnavard responded by threatening to sue Ahmadinejad for defamation. “Those who made up this case against me wanted to say it is a crime for women to study, to get two graduate degrees, to become an intellectual or an artist,” Rahnavard stated at a press conference Sunday.

The majority of Iranians support more rights for women, according to a 2007 Gallup poll. About nine out of ten respondents believed that women should have the same legal rights as men, and three out of four thought women should be able to have a job outside the home and to hold positions in the cabinet and national council. It is uncertain how much the next president could advance women’s rights, however, as most government decisions are ultimately made by the conservative religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds the title Supreme Leader.

SorryI have not yet heard word of what President Obama has to say about the election results. It is clear that women have lost again. Already we have awaken to news of riots in Tehran over the election results.  It is no secret that I do not have much faith in Obama or his administration. I was hoping that Mir Hossein Mousavi would prevail in order to bring change to Iran and not “change”.  Maybe I am just being politically pessimistic but it seems so much like the results in America and Iran will also soon be an expert at the game of “Sorry”

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10 Responses to “Game of “Sorry” International Edition: Bringing “Change” to IRAN”

  1. bob Says:

    There’s been no election whatsoever in Iran. All the candidates were chosen by the ruling ayatollah. And, the results seem to have been fixed.

    Iran, land of the ancient Zoroastrians, would be much, much better off going back to their old ways.

    And, letting those o so beautiful Iranian women be free, to make up their own minds about things.

  2. Anon Says:

    I believe the “elections” in Iran are a glimpse into what the 2012 elections in the USA will look like.

  3. afrocity Says:

    Please don’t say that.

  4. realwest Says:

    Anon – I don’t think the elections in Iran are anything like a harbinger of what will happen in the US in 2012. I don’t know why you would even think of, much less say, such a horrible thing.
    We have had peaceful changes of government every 4 or 8 years since George Washington and I see NO reason to think that will change in 2012.

    • Anon Says:

      I wasn’t so much referring to the violence going on as I was the corruption of the election itself.

      However, it was just eight months ago that our state-run media was promising us that if whats his name did not win, that there would undoubtedly be rioting in the streets. They repeated it so much that it kinda resembled a threat to those of us who intended to vote against him to rethink our stance. And knowing what we know about his starry eyed, obsessed supporters, do you think that it wouldn’t have happened? What about in that city park in Chicago where 100,000 people gathered to celebrate the victory that night. If by some fluke of nature, John McCain had been declared the winner, do you believe that there would not have been some sort of chaos erupting in the city of Chicago that night?

      Our own government had the national guard on high alert–more so than any other election in anticipation of those riots promised by the media.

      As for the corruption, I believe steps are being put into place as we sit here blogging to ensure that the next elections are anything but fair and just. Think about the huge portion of the stimulus bill that ACORN received. What was that for? And wasn’t it found out that they were registering cartoon characters and dead people and even pets to vote in the last election. Do you think they stopped yet?

      Don’t leave out the media, who will stop at nothing to willingly and gleefully destroy the character of anyone who speaks out against this adminstration. Look at what they have done and continue to do to Sarah Palin and her family. She isn’t near the wacko that the media would have us believe she is. Believe it or not, they will do that to anyone who emerges as viable oppostion to whats his name. Why would anyone in thier right mind even want to step up knowing that there will be such vicious, one-sided attacks to follow not only on the person running, but their family members as well.

      Not only do they try to snuff out the oppostion, they report as fact what a great job the administration is doing when there are those of us who know that this isn’t the truth. Do you believe you are getting the truth from the media about what the administration is up to? Do you think you ever will

      And what about our justice department who dismissed charges on the outright voter intimidation that was going on at the polls in the last election in broad daylight. How can we rely on them to ensure the fairness of elections in the future.

      You can believe in the in the integrity of our elections if you want to. I no longer do. As our country sinks deeper and deeper into resemblance of a dictatorship, I think our future elections, as those we just saw in Iran will be a sham. Only for show. Believe me, I hope I am wrong in all of this. I just see the writing on the wall. There is nothing to stop the corruption.

      • loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

        Yeah, I’ve had similar thoughts, anon. ACORN is running the census too. Remember the Republican who took his name off the Sec of Interior list, I think it was?

        Counting everyone now as “Undocumented AMERICANS” via Janet Napolitano.

        Redistricting based on said new figures. Gutting of E-verify and more reliable voter identification at polls. Although same standard doesn’t apply for mail-ins. 😉

      • Janis Says:

        A-MEN. This is exactly it, and pulling some stupid lever connected to nothing isn’t going to change a bit of it. Switching the party label on some piece of cardboard isn’t going to change a bit of it.

        I am out of this game.

  5. bob Says:

    I think that when we observe all these misbegotten political events overseas, and in our own country too, there is some real wisdom in just going back to basics, such as we can.

    After all, we have ourselves, we have our life, and our own dignity.

    We can always fall back on that.

    There is always the library, and the friendship of the folks down the street. Hopefully.

    I mean to say, we can live our own life, as we should very well do.

    • Janis Says:

      That seems to be the general direction in which I’m headed. I’m going back to my Italian grandparents’ attitude that the world consists of family and everyone else.

      This belief in Larger Things is a sham — life consists of the day to day small stuff. It truly does. Good food, family, friends, music. Things that bring individual pleasure and kindness.

  6. loudmouthjewishbabe Says:

    I thought the whole plan was to “allow” the other guy to win, precisely SO Iran would look “presentable” to the outside world, all the while they continue to work on their nuclear program and other assorted nefarious activities *in the same manner pre-2005 Amajerko’s takeover.*

    This Mousavi guy believes in nukes too (just not as crazy-mouth as Dinnerjacket guy) and the mullah’s run the show anyway- he would be the perfect “cover” to get the world off their back.

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