December 21, 2006

IT'S THE ECONOMY, MAHMOUD:

Final results show Ahmadinejad opponents have won local elections (AP, 12/21/06)

Opponents of Iran's ultra-conservative president won nationwide elections for local councils, final results confirmed Thursday, an embarrassing outcome for the hardline leader that could force him to change his anti-Western tone and focus more on problems at home.

Moderate conservatives critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a majority of seats in last week's elections, followed by reformists who were suppressed by hard-liners two years ago.

The vote was widely seen as a sign of public discontent with Ahmadinejad's stances, which have fueled fights with the West and led Iran closer to U.N. sanctions.


The beauty of whackos is that they're elected for the same reason as any other party, to fix the economy, but, being whacky, can't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 21, 2006 8:56 AM
Comments

Of course - wackos never care about 'the economy' because they don't know what they are doing. Mugabe, Castro, Abbas, Haniyeh, Nasrallah, Assad, the Burmese generals, and all the rest have very different reasons for being in power. The only economy that matters is theirs.

We'll soon see if Ahmadinejad is the same. He can bully the opposition and try to bury the press, at least for a while. If it is clear that he cannot win re-election, then perhaps he will leave. But if Khameini is dead, perhaps he will cling. If he sets off a bomb before the election, then the issue will be who controls it? The Assembly of Experts? The Guardian Council? Ahmadinejad's private army? The Revolutionary Guard? The Tehran Scientific Society for Releasing the Nuclear Fires of Allah? The Holy Defenders of Qom? Nobody knows. At this point, they are probably as likely to use it on the Saudis.

But this is the real point - the danger to Israel (and to the West in general) is probably only marginally reduced with Rafsanjani (or any other approved candidate) as President. All the mullahs and thugs in all the assemblies, councils, groups, and armies are gangsters. There is no 'great hope' within the existing government, at least not today.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 21, 2006 10:39 AM

Yes, only democrats like Abbas, Ahmadenijad, etc. need to worry about a bad economy though.

There is no danger to the West. The danger is to the regime.

Posted by: oj at December 21, 2006 1:08 PM
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