Saturday, June 13, 2009

Election: lost, or stolen?

In this news analysis, curious grammar and sentence construction. To wit:

It is impossible to know for sure how much the ostensible re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad represents the preference of an essentially conservative Iranian public and how much, as opposition voters passionately believe, it is the imposed verdict of a fundamentally authoritarian regime.

Fundamentally authoritarian? Does authoritarian merit qualification? A sham election is also mentioned.

Domestically, Mr. Ahmadinejad appealed to the fears of the more pious and poor who found change unsettling. This included those alarmed by the days of political street carnival preceding the election and those (not just men) put off by Mr. Moussavi’s attention to the traditional, second-class role of women in this paternalistic quasi-theocracy.

Quasi-theocracy? It either is, or it isn't a theocracy, right? An a ham-handed defiance of the West is added. Ham-handed is a curious choice of metaphor regarding an Islamic country that abstains from pork.

Aside from language, the politics of the election aren't encouraging. The mullahs have spoken.

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