Friday, June 19, 2009

There were no cheatin'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during Friday prayers at Tehran University on Friday

Iran's Ayatollah: Stop protesting or deal with 'consequences' Calls Ahmadinejad's reelection an "absolute victory" and blames west for unrest. Blah, blah, blah.

He called Britain the biggest evil. Bigger than America the Great Satan? We're making progress, of sorts. Blaming outsiders for unrest is a time-tested way to deflect criticism, but it ignores the domestic truth: there is popular dissatisfaction.
I guess the Politburo hasn't been watching teevee; in the age of Twitter and camera cellphones, communications can not be restricted.

Khamenei Praises Vote Iran's supreme leader said there was "definitive victory" and no rigging in disputed elections, offering no concession to protesters demanding the vote be held again.

"The U.S. president said 'We were waiting for a day like this to see people on the street,'" Mr. Khamenei said. "They write to us and say they respect the Islamic Republic and then they make comments like this.... Which one should we believe?"

Dismissing Obama won't be that easy.

The Friday prayer was televised live on state-run Channel One. The camera showed Mr. Ahmadinejad sitting in the front row and conservative candidate Mohsen Rezaei a few rows back. It wasn't clear whether Mr. Mousavi or Mehdi Karroubi had accepted the leader's invitation to come to the prayers.

Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 405-1 Friday to condemn Tehran's crackdown on demonstrators and the government's interference with Internet and cell phone communications.

Do I hear the whimper of irrelevancy?

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