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  •  Stratfor: Ahmadinejad won (0+ / 0-)

    Fraud or not, Ahmadinejad won and he won significantly. That he won is not the mystery; the mystery is why others thought he wouldn’t win.

    For a time on Friday, it seemed that Mousavi might be able to call for an uprising in Tehran. But the moment passed when Ahmadinejad’s security forces on motorcycles intervened. And that leaves the West with its worst-case scenario: a democratically elected anti-liberal.

    Western democracies assume that publics will elect liberals who will protect their rights. In reality, it’s a more complicated world. Hitler is the classic example of someone who came to power constitutionally, and then preceded to gut the constitution. Similarly, Ahmadinejad’s victory is a triumph of both democracy and repression.

    Western Misconceptions Meet Iranian Reality

    •  Then where are his supporters? (0+ / 0-)

      If he won by such and overwhelming majority, where are his people? I'm still not buying it. And for all the other candidates to lose their hometowns to Ahmadinejad too? Color me extremely skeptical.

      •  His rally was earlier (0+ / 0-)

        He had thousands of supporters out earlier before the current protest.  I don't think he had as many, though, as the people out right now.

        I'm skeptical too, but the sources that say he probably won the election are credible sources.  I'm not sure what to believe.

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