Iran Hopes

A Weblog on Iranian Affairs (Formerly Iran Votes 2005)

Monday, June 20, 2005

From what I see, I believe Rafsanjani has little chance of winning the second round of the election on Friday - unless a miracle happens. Ahmadi Nejad camp is much more active these days. Especially in remote towns and villages. But this does not mean all of his votes will come from those areas. He generally has support among people who do not trust Rafsanjani and his policies. Thus, many of those who will vote for Ahmadi Nejad, will do so not because they are in love with him, but because they simply hate Rafsanjani. And this is how Iranian "who's who" will look like from next week:

Leader: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
President: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Head of Judiciary: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Parliament speaker: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Head of the National Radio & TV: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei


Anonymous Yousef Esfandiari said...

As one of Iran's nouveux-riche Tehran playboys , I feel humbled by Ahmadinejad's simple piety and message: This is really genuine not like you see in many mullahs: the fact is that unless somone does soemthing about corruption and poverty like he promises, many rich people in the country who are demanding more social freedom could see a counter-revolution against them and their perceived profligacy and decadence. Its about time many of us big city middle class people accept that we can't have it all and start thinking more selflessly for a change.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Windsteed said...

Thanks for your comment Yousef. But I have a few questions for you. How can you be so certain that Ahmadinejad is 'really genuine'?How much do you know about him? About jis background?his ideas?
Fighting corruption and poverty is an ideal. No doubt about that. But how can we expect someone whose rise to power is an outcome of corrupt process to fight corruption? How can corruption be fought against, when the centres of corruption are untouchable and Ahmadinejad in fact wants to make them not only untouchable, but out of reach. Besides, how can we trust Ahamdinejad's rhetorics about equality and justice, when he is talking about martyrdom and killing etc.? Do you think it is wise for a would be president of a country to use this kind of language? Martyrdom as a result of what? War against his own people? Is this the president of Iranian nation who is talking? To sum up, I want to say that to me Ahmadinejad is liar. A pupet in the hands of greedy and merciless mullahs. He is abusing people's demands and needs. There is a huge division between the rich and the poor in Iran (so we cannot trust someone like Rafsanjani to do anything about it). Corruption is widespread. I agree. But Ahmadinejad IS NOT the one whom we can trust to solve our problems. He himself is part of the problem.

5:00 PM  

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