Monday, June 15, 2009

"...this post-election situation looks to me like a crime scene."

Juan Cole's got the goods on the Florida 2000 Ohio 2004 Iranian "election". Links at site. A 'must read' if you're interested in the details.

But just as a first reaction, this post-election situation looks to me like a crime scene. And here is how I would reconstruct the crime.

As the real numbers started coming into the Interior Ministry late on Friday, it became clear that Mousavi was winning. Mousavi's spokesman abroad, filmmaker Mohsen Makhbalbaf, alleges that the ministry even contacted Mousavi's camp and said it would begin preparing the population for this victory.

The ministry must have informed Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has had a feud with Mousavi for over 30 years, who found this outcome unsupportable. And, apparently, he and other top leaders had been so confident of an Ahmadinejad win that they had made no contingency plans for what to do if he looked as though he would lose.

They therefore sent blanket instructions to the Electoral Commission to falsify the vote counts.

This clumsy cover-up then produced the incredible result of an Ahmadinejad landlside in Tabriz and Isfahan and Tehran.

The reason for which Rezaie and Karoubi had to be assigned such implausibly low totals was to make sure Ahmadinejad got over 51% of the vote and thus avoid a run-off between him and Mousavi next Friday, which would have given the Mousavi camp a chance to attempt to rally the public and forestall further tampering with the election.

Much more.

More in my column, just out, in

Shorter: Mox nix as far as Obama and our Iran policy is concerned which weak and ineffectual president Iran has as long as the supreme leader is really in charge.

It would have been nice not to have to deal with a Holocaust denyin' loudmouth nutjob. Oh, well...

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