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   The Western press is in a frenzy for Obama to do somethinig about Iran.  The current elections have been used to create a new excuse for adventures and intervention a la the Bush team of cowboy Neocons. Whether one believes there has been fraud or not we should consider the use of the media to create disinformation.  We should recall the CIA directed media creation of "popular mass movements" against Allende that created the backdrop for his murder, or in Granada, lately in Venezuela.  One should ask, "What am I supporting?"  Certainly there was fraud in Florida and Ohio that led to the election of Bush in 2000, but did the media whip Americans into action to overthrow the illegitimate regime that followed, engaged in two wars and presided over the greatest loss of value and credit crisis in American history since the Great Depression?

  The essence of the current election in Iran is complex; both in the relation of the rural areas to the urban, as well as in the variety of interest groups from divisions in the religious leadership in the cities and the rural areas to the political groups in the cities as well as other both national and international economic interests.  The media has created a black and white image of conservative and progressive, and the scenes of mass supporters of one of the "progressive" candidates has emphasized a simple distinction that is false.  
   What is dangerous at present is the emotional response being pressed to do something based on this simple but flawed presentation.  An incident can easily be created giving the USA or Israel the opportunity to intervene.  The results of which cannot be assessed and would only add to the instability in the region.  If Americans had to wait through 8 years of the Bush lawlessness and as a people abide by the apparent results of the election to get Obama, then the Iranian people might consider a similar course.

Originally posted to niccolo caldararo on Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:01 AM PDT.

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  •  What is happening in Iran (0+ / 0-)

    was what I was afraid was going to happen on November 5, 2008 here.  I recall that there were reports of massive mobilization of police to deal with Obama supporters on Election Day, that was a clear indication that the fix was in, IMO.

  •  the distinction in supporters is certainly true (0+ / 0-)

    In terms of the candidates themselves, it appears to be some sort of complex power struggle, and you're right that it can hardly be portrayed as if Mousavi, a veteran of the '79 Islamist revolution, is the progressive to Ahmadinejad's conservatism. But many of the supporters are progressives, and in particular the choosing of sides is not just an external phenomenon—I've corresponded on and off with some Iranian students in the past few weeks, and they're pretty much all on the "anyone but Ahmadinejad" side.

    "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

    by Delirium on Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:42:08 AM PDT

  •  One reason it plays well to Americans (0+ / 0-)

    is that much of Moussavi's support was from the upscale, westernized upper-middle-class young people of the tony areas of North Teheran.  That's a face of Iran that Americans can identify with, and makes the sales job of disinformation much easier through those reassuring images.  

    "When the government becomes a lawbreaker, it invites every man to become a law unto himself." ~ Justice Brandeis

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 11:53:08 AM PDT

  •  The big plus in the Iranian (0+ / 0-)

    situation right now is precisely the inability of the U.S. or any other country to effectively intervene.  Imagine how much worse it would be if we were now discussing which of the factions the U.S. should support and whether that support should be limited to just bribing the other side or whether we should jump directly into convoking the coup d'etat panel.

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