Now not knowing who really won the Iranian elections we might, or at least I might, do well to pick up the cognitive gauntlet, put on my thinking cap and … and do a bit of thinking! The pictures coming out of Teheran and the other major cities are of young people that we in the West can readily identify with; they represent a privileged class in Iranian society. However, we don’t really know very much, do we and is it sensible to even begin to assume that they represent the majority in the Islamic Republic? No, my guess is that they represent a class which has seen its privileges at least curtailed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rather inefficient economic policies. Therefore, why this interest in the election and its aftermath, an interest that the western media only just about accorded the elections in Zionistan, didn’t really devote to India, the “largest democracy” in the world, and I am sure elections have come and gone across the planet in the last year that haven’t even been noticed?
The “hype” man is sitting tight, stuttering drivel about not interfering in Iranian affairs, and there is evidence to suggest that Mir Hossein Mousavi, while offering some alternative for the Iranian bourgeoisie at home, is hardly likely to be “Uncle Sam’s” man in Teheran. So, why the interest? Well, of course, while Obama spouts out his platitudes about not interfering in Iran’s internal affairs and carefully adds that everything should be resolved peacefully, we have the western media destabilising Iran and encouraging that one third of the population that has access to the internet to mount the barricades. However, there is a fatal miscalculation here; the revolutionary Guard is still prepared to support the ruling clerics and the chances of a bourgeoise revolution in Iran being successful are minimal. Still that is not what Washington particularly needs at the moment and the more the young people on the streets in the major cities are encouraged to demonstrate the more likely it is that Iran will be demonized, ostrasised and destabilised. If that doesn’t lead to a collapse of the regime in Teheran in favour of a pro-western government, it would at least appear that when “Uncle Sam” decides to move over to bully boy tactics, he will be dealing with an opponent who has been substantially weakened.
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