All candidates appearing on the ballot for the post of head puppet must first pass the clerics’ radical litmus tests before Iranians get to vote.
Those tests include:
- Maintaining Iran’s status as the number one state-sponsor of terrorism worldwide for going on 15 years since the 1979 revolution;
- Establishing Iran as the next member of the nuclear weapons-possessing club;
- Aiding and abetting their terror clients and/or alliances with Hamas in Gaza and Israel’s West Bank, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Bashir Assad in Syria, Russia and China;
- Seeking the destruction of the state of Israel and the United States, including killing Americans at every opportunity whether in Khobar Towers, Iraq or anywhere else on Planet Earth; and
- A willingness to mow down their own people in the streets if they deign to demand liberty during Arab, Persian or any other such post-vernal equinox Springs.
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The early results seemed to be a repudiation of the coalition of conservative clerics and Revolutionary Guard commanders, the so-called traditionalists, who consolidated power after the 2009 election, which the opposition said was rigged. The traditionalists’ favored candidate, Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and a protégé of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, did not seem to have gained much traction with the public, emphasizing vague concepts like “Islamic society” and standing up to Western pressure.
With long lines at the polls, voting hours were extended by five hours in parts of Tehran and four hours in the rest of the country. Turnout reached 75 percent, by official count, as disaffected members of the Green Movement, which was crushed in the uprising that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election, dropped a threatened boycott and appeared to coalesce behind a cleric, Hassan Rowhani, and the mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf.
Iran’s interior minister, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said Saturday morning on state television that preliminary results showed Mr. Rowhani with a strong lead, followed by Mr. Ghalibaf. Mr. Najjar did not say when the final result would be available. Iran has more than 50 million eligible voters and as of early Saturday morning nearly three million votes had been counted.
Iranian voters turned out in huge numbers on Friday, a late surge of interest in the presidential vote that seemed to swing the tide in the favor of the most moderate candidate in the field. But it was uncertain whether any single contestant would exceed the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff next week.
Nonetheless many veteran Iran political watchers, who had expected a conservative winner in what had been a carefully vetted and controlled campaign, expressed surprise.
“If the reports are true, it tells me that there was a hidden but huge reservoir of reformist energy in Iran that broke loose in a true political wave,” said Cliff Kupchan, an Iran analyst for the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm in Washington. “It was unpredictable — not even tip of the iceberg visible two days or three days ago — but it seems to have happened.” (NYT)
As secretary of the National Security Council, first during the presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and then while the reformist, Mohammad Khatami was president, he was ultimately answerable to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader and constitutionally most powerful figure.
In that post, he served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator between 2003 and 2005 after an exiled opposition group revealed the existence of the Islamic regime’s uranium enrichment programme. Negotiating with Jack Straw, then Britain’s Foreign Secretary, and other European diplomats, Mr Rowhani agreed to a temporary suspension of Iran’s enrichment activities – after being given the go ahead by Ayatollah Khamenei. Mr Straw has paid tribute to Mr Rowhani’s negotiating skill as “extremely professional”. He subsequently resigned soon after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in 2005, after hardliners attacked his negotiating stance as too conciliatory. (Telegraph) [Emphasis added]
So, the bad guys in Iran are conservatives like tea partiers, Newt and Reagan. And the good guys are moderate reformers like Bill, Hillary and Barack? Not hardly.
First of all, the only true moderate reformers were battered (circa 2009) when they took to the streets and were killed by the ruling Mullahs by the thousands. America’s newly elected liberal reformer, Barack Hussein Obama, remained silent concerning the suffering and slaughter of the innocents while publicly begging for a face-to-face meeting with Ahmadinejad, who, by the way, was elected in 2005 as a “liberal economic reformer” that the NYT et al also predictably gushed over.
And just as liberal Democratic Party “reforms” here in the United States have prevented a recovery since they began being implemented after the Democrats re-took Congress in 2006 and writ large after the election of 2008, so have Mahmoud’s wrecked the standard of living in Iran.
The most moderate candidate in Iran’s electoral field dreams of pushing Israel and the rest of the world’s Jews into the sea, Koran-commanded Sharia law that makes chattel slaves of women and the apocalyptic return of the Seventh Imam and establishment of a worldwide Caliphate governing all humans remaining alive after infidels (i.e. you, me, gays, lesbians, feminists and the reporters for the New York Times) are eliminated.
The only “Green Movements” of any significance in Iran are those that Obama ignores as environmentalists are killed in the streets of Tehran for un-free speech or the grass that grows over the graves (see Arlington National Cemetery, pictured) of Iranian-funded terrorist victims from Jerusalem to Baghdad.
As Rush Limbaugh says, there is no “news” here. Only propaganda. Watch what the Iranian “reformers” actually say and do, not what British-accented “reporters” say about them.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson