timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, June 14, 2009

So where's Jimmah Carter?

There are riots in Iran today due to what many are calling a rigged election that puts Ahmadinejad back in the presidency. Of course, Ahmadinejad says that the protests are nothing more than "passions after a soccer match," but I'd be interested to hear him if he hadn't been on the winning side. Mir Hossein Mousavi received so few votes overall that he wrote a letter to the Guardian Council — a powerful 12-member clerical body closely allied to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — where he claimed "fraud is evident."

Also, the Iranian government has started to crack down on the media. The international media has been told to prepare to leave and to be careful in how they report the "chaos." In addition, internet access has been restricted, and some newspapers, including Mousavi's have not been published:

Mousavi's newspaper, Kalemeh Sabz, or the Green Word, did not appear on newsstands Sunday. An editor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the paper never left the printing house because authorities were upset with Mousavi's statements.

The paper's Web site reported that more than 10 million votes in Friday's election were missing national identification numbers similar to U.S. Social Security numbers, which make the votes "untraceable." It did not say how it knew that information.

Now international officials are starting to talk about the election, but stopping short of calling fraud:

On NBC television's "Meet the Press," Biden said: "Is this the result of the Iranian people's wishes? The hope is that the Iranian people, all their votes have been counted, they've been counted fairly. But look, we just don't know enough" since Friday's vote.

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said his country is "very worried" about the situation in Iran and criticized the "somewhat brutal reaction" to the election protests.

I still think that Jimmy Carter should have been there. He took the time to "verify" our election, so he should be able to handle Iran. Or maybe he has some bad memories from a certain hostage situation and election that he participated in a while back.

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