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Iran Election “Free & Fair” Say Callers to Conservative Talk Show

23-Jun-09 10:24 pm EST Leave a comment Go to comments
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couldn’t believe my ears driving to work this morning, listening to a morning talk radio show on Ottawa’s CFRA radio.  CFRA’s listener demographic is largely Conservative, which is one of the reasons I was so surprised to hear a number of callers voice support for the Iranian government’s claim that the recent election, which had sparked riots in Terhan and other Iranian cities this past week, were “free and fair”.  This view contradicts reports yesterday that international observers had uncovered evidence of widespread fraud at numerous polls – enough irregularity for these observers to harbour serious doubts concerning the overall result of the election.  In particular one caller cited evidence that the regime hadn’t been toppled yet as evidence that it must have majority support, “else it wouldn’t be in power.”

Sometimes I gotta wonder what people use for brains.  I suppose according to this fellow, we might as well do away with elections in Canada because the government could be changed by means of an armed uprising.  And if such an uprising should fail; well, obviously the majority must want the government to remain unchanged.  Might is, after all, always right, isn’t it?

Even more incredible was the show’s host – whose name wasn’t announced during the time I was listening, unfortunately, seemed unwilling to challenge the caller’s facts or intone a peep of disagreement.  I’m starting to think CFRA takes this Conservative thing a little too far….the word isn’t supposed to mean preserving the status quo at the expense of hundreds or thousands of innocent lives.  Or so I’d thought, anyway.

Even were I willing to concede that the incumbent Iranian president (Ahmadinejad) actually won despite obvious evidence of fraud; no government that sanctions fraud, arrests journalists en masse, or is paranoid enough to blame “the west” in some kind of huge international conspiracy to control its destiny by agitating such a huge segment of its own population – to the point of becoming an enemy of the people it’s supposed to govern – no government of this sort can legitimately claim to represent the people, regardless of whether it or one of its candidates won an election.

And, for the record, I don’t believe for a moment that Ahmadinejad won the election.  A snowball staying frozen in hell would have a better chance; but the best thing Ahmadinejad could do at the moment is concede.  Frankly, I don’t think he’s either courageous or smart enough to do so – but this movement that’s started in Iran might prove to have more longevity than his own political career otherwise.  (Not that I’m all that hopeful he’ll emerge from any revolution with any kind of political voice.)

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