Ahmadinejad hit hard by Iranian elections
Doug Ireland notes of Iran's municipal elections, in which Ahmadinejad's conservative Islamists lost 6 seats, that: "These municipal elections results in part suggest an urban backlash against Ahmadinejad's repressive 'cultural revolution.'"
And that's despite setbacks, detailed by Prof Behrooz Ghamari, quoted by Ireland:
"In order to defeat reformist candidates who have somehow survived the disqualification procedures and still appear on the ballot, the Judiciary, the ministries of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Information, and Domestic Affairs, the state-controlled radio and television, and the conservative newspapers have all been mobilized to ensure low participation of the electorate. The judiciary spokesperson has threatened the newspapers that run front-page news of the election with closure and censure."It's important to note that just as Bush, his words, his actions, all that he stands for, does not necessarily represent America, so it is for Ahmadinejad and Iran.
After 9/11 Bush didn't suddenly stop being a bozo and Giuliani didn't suddenly become competent and ethical. The nation rallied around a shared disaster and support for our leading bozos skyrocketed.
Attacking Iran, or refusing to talk to them despite the fact that Nixon negotiated with China and Reagan with the USSR, is just plain bad tactics. In addition to being dangerous.
Much of Iran's youth want change. Reaching out to Iran and showing the reformists in its midst that America is the nation of hope and promise of mythology is the best route to a palpable shift in the nation's framework.
Think about it: how likely is it that America would turn into a liberal world citizen via invasion or support for armed opposition to the government?