"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
Iranian elections seem to be just as corrupt and ridiculous as U.S. ones.
What a shock ...
There theocratic system is one in which all national candidates must be pre-approved by the Guardian Council, one where half of the Guardian Council is selected directly by the Supreme Leader and the other half are selected by the Majilis (who again are pre-screened by the Guardian Council) out of a list of jurists who are selected by the head of the Judiciary who is selected directly by the Supreme Leader, and where the Assembly of Experts who choose the Supreme Leader are chosen amongst a pre-screened list vetted by the Guardian Council, and an expediency council which solves disputes between the pre-screened Majilis and the directly and indirectly selected Guardian Council are selected directly by the Supreme Leader.
It's a closed circle of power in which the Supreme Leader rules . . . well Supreme.
Ahmadinejad scores big win in Iran vote | Comcast.netAhmadinejad re-elected in Iran, Mousavi cries foul
By Parisa Hafezi and Fredrik Dahl, Reuters
10 minutes ago
TEHRAN — Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad resoundingly won Iran's election, preliminary official results showed on Saturday, but his moderate challenger alleged irregularities and claimed victory for himself.
The level of the incumbent's support, nearly twice as many votes as former Prime Minister Mirhossein Mousavi with most ballots counted from Friday's poll, confounded widespread expectations that the race would at least go to a second round.
Ahmadinejad's re-election is likely to disappoint Western powers aiming to convince Iran to halt work they suspect is aimed at making bombs, and could further complicate efforts by U.S. President Barack Obama to reach out to Tehran.
"It doesn't augur well for an early and peaceful settlement of the nuclear dispute," said Mark Fitzpatrick at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Israel has had its fears assured. Looks like either they will have to attack on their own and hand the west a war or the west will have to back up its rhetoric instead of watching them develop nuclear weapons and accept a war.
Iran will play Obama like a fiddle....
Now there's a rigged election. Record disapproval ratings. High youth voter turnout.
And Disco Stu wins?
The 67% for Disco Stu is clearly rigged. If the Mullahs were not scared, they wouldn't have shutdown text messaging, facebook, Myspace and other non-controlled news outlets.
Last edited by obvious Child; 06-13-09 at 03:31 AM.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
It is YOU who are 'on your own'.
http://www.debatepolitics.com/middle...post1058060426 (Lieberman: Israel does not intend to bomb Iran)
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
How can an election travel from too close to call on election-eve to such a lopsided victory for the unpopular incumbant Ahmadinejad? Election fraud on a massive scale. Right in your face.
Not that it really matters in the slightest. The ruling clerics have clearly demonstrated once again who actually runs the dog and pony show in Iran.
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