[Note: I, for one, am skeptical about the treatment Iran is getting in the Western press, which is almost universally, uncritically pro-Mousavi. I've wondered if there is actually any proof that Ahmedinajad "rigged" the elections? If so, what is the proof and where is it? The video of Neda is one of the most horrible things I've seen on TV or on my computer, in - maybe forever. The police state actions in Iran are deplorable. But that doesn't mean Mousavi won, either. Ahmedinijad is popular in Iran, whether folks like it or not - and it is entirely possible he did win the election, even if the tactics of Iran's police in days after the election have been ghastly, which is a different topic altogether.]
The Nation magazine and the Iranian electionThis article is from the World Socialist Website
By Joe Kishore
16 June 2009
The Nation magazine, the voice of left-liberal supporters of Obama, has quickly weighed in to support charges of vote-rigging and a “coup d’état” in Iran. The magazine has also given its full support to the candidacy of Mirhossein Mousavi, the principal rival of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In doing so, the Nation is joining hands with the rest of the American media, which has abandoned any pretense of journalistic objectivity in reporting the election. The allegations of fraud have been repeated without any independent investigation.
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, but that doesn't automatically mean it's full of crap. There are a few sober & deliberative voices like this
in the West, most of whose media immediately jumped on the pro-Mousavi bandwagon within hours of election results, ignoring the fact that AHmedinijad, for bad or worse, has a lot of support in Iran.
For example, Juan Cole, who is no right-wing patsy, seems to be saying there was indeed election fraud. I'd be as happy to support the pro-Mousavi (or pro-democracy, as the case may be) demonstrators as anyone. But I also don't want to blindly support someone in contravention of the Iranian popular will because it feels right, or something.