My Comment on “Ahmadinejad is who Iranians want” in Guardian / Wahington Post

So I saw it in the Guardian website: “Ahmadinejad is who Iranians want”.

But it was originally published in the Washington Post: “The Iranian people speak”.

First I made a comment containing what I have explained here on how they really couldn’t use the polls that they mentioned the way they did, And how those polls can actually go against their analysis (maybe I’ll have to put that in a separate post).

But the article was so overwhelming, that I also wrote this:

On another note I find it really ironic that so many people in the “free world” find it so hard to accept that the Iranian people have NOT elected a totalitarian dictator as their president despite all the protests and crackdowns.
Would someone who was elected with 24M votes need to organize a rally and insult and make fun of his opponents to prove his rightful position as the winner?
Would he need to arrest tens of politicians, even those who were considered as “insiders” up to now, just so they would not have a chance to speak the truth? Would he need to and put some of the most prominent figures of the Islamic Republic itself who do not support him under all kind of pressure so that they cannot contact anyone and get the word o f the fraud through? What chance do you think there will be for freedom for the rest of us from now on if they get away with this, when they can not even tolerate these people any more?
How about the hundreds of reporters arrested (no I don’t mean the foreign ones, fortunately you would hear of them being arrested pretty fast, I mean Iranian reporters and political analysts inside Iran, you probably didn’t know that, right?)? The hundreds of students, and those in charge of controlling and counting the votes from the reformists’ campaigns who may have spoken the truth who are now under arrest in God knows where?
Would the proud winner who “The Iranians want” really be so intimidated by the minority of North-Tehraners who don’t want him, so much that he would have to filter all decent news sites, and restrict or block all forms of communication between the people?
Don’t you think that it is just pathetic and condescending to suppose that Iranians for some weird reason would want to be insulted, humiliated and lied to on a daily basis? Why do you somehow not seem to see (or want to see) what is as clear as the sun and are looking under the bed for some reason to cover up for a COUP? Would YOU want that for yourselves? Would you tolerate any one of these in your own countries, while implying that it’s probably what the Iranians want?
Couldn’t the authors at least chose a title like “Ahmadinejad may be who Iranians want” if they are really just trying to be objective?

If this makes sense you can recommend it in guardian via this link, so more people could get to read it.



  1. BengaliinAssam said

    A large section of the Left (including regular contributors to Guardian) seem to have internalized George Bush’s binary worldview of ‘you are either with us or with them’. So, if you oppose hypocrisy and double-standards of Western governments, you automatically become a darling of the left, regardless of your most despicable record on free speech, right to life, right to vote, right to fair trial, treatment of sexual and cultural minorities, etc. Ahmadinejad is one of the many despots that have been hero-worshipped by the Left. It seems that there is very little space for one to oppose both the imperialist policies of U.S. and its allies and the fascist governments of the Afro-Asian world that repress their own people.

    I hope that these heroic protests by ordinary but brave Iranians would strike a fatal blow to the Ahmadinejad government and pave the path for a more democratic and rights-conscious Iran.

    In solidarity from India.

    • Sara said

      Thanks for your support and kind words.
      Yes, I agree that that is a common fallacy of the Left. But I hope it was only that, I am also seeing similar arguments going around in mass media like bbc and cnn. Considering that and something like this ( which puts it rather bluntly that the US and particularly Israel prefer AN to a moderate establishment in Iran, one starts wondering.
      Anyway, apart from this, I found Obama’s statement last night to be reasonable.

  2. BengaliinAssam said

    Experience in the Indian sub-continent (particularly in the context of India-Pakistan relations)also shows that extremists are much more comfortable with an extremist in control in the other camp. I suppose an easy-to-demonise hardliner provides more fertile ground for these extremists to peddle their own brand of demagogy.

    Obama’s guarded statement was more than appropriate. In any case, U.S. administration can hardly afford to be sanctimonious given its unabashed support for dictators of various hues all over the world. Further, I suppose proactive approach from Western governments may make it easier for Khomeini and Ahmadenijad to brand all dissenters as mere stooges of ‘western imperialism’.

    • Sara said

      I completely agree, particularly wit the last bit.

  3. Mohammad said

    What if the government is really frightened of the prospect of a “velvet revolution”? Can these acts of repression of freedom be attributed to a real belief in the government that some opposition leaders are planning an overthrow of the regime on the pretenses of a fraud?
    Even some are saying that Hashemi had warned of these protests in his famous letter. They claim that Hashemi is organizing this.

    I mean just try to put yourself in their place and adopt their mindset, and suppose that no real fraud has happened (just suppose). Wouldn’t you act that repressive? (please try to adopt their mindset, i.e. very fearful of a velvet revolution, thinking of everyone conspiring to overthrow the regime, etc)

    It could be that the government is so weak in crisis management. It’s acts can be interpreted as hasty.

    Please note that I’m not defending these disgusting acts, nor am I suggesting that no fraud has happened.

    • Sara said

      Look, this is not a place where you can take a fuzzy stand. Using the word “disgusting” does not cover the fact that you are justifying this. There have been 8 people confirmed dead just on Monday in Tehran.

      It is very obvious that the only person that might like to overthrow the current system would have been AN. You have probably noticed that he is not such a fervent Khamenei supporter and would prefer to see his mentor in his place. That is something that people like Rafsanjani and Mousavi, who are the embodiment of the foundations of the Islamic Republic, are afraid of.
      The demands of the green movement is clear, we want the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that guarantees at least a fair election between the candidates who have gone through the guardian council, to be carried out, nothing else, there has not been a single slogan for overthrowing the regime, and you should know that.

      Stop being such an apologetic.

  4. Mohammad said

    I tried to be non-apologetic. Everyone should condemn shooting at the people. But you were using that as an evidence of a fraud. My point is that repression of freedom, while disgusting, is not evidence of fraud (considering the mindset of the government people). So don’t misinterpret my comment.

    And I know the demands of the green movement, and I support the peaceful protests of Mr Mousavi, as long as it doesn’t break the law. The election officials should do their best to convince Mousavi’s supporters that there hasn’t been any fraud (if there has’t been). If there has been a fraud, hopefully Mousavi can convince the Guardian Council or the Leader to nullify the election results. If it wasn’t successful, he can turn to other measures.

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