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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

 
The Real Tragedy Of The Iranian Election

Heritage Foundation scholar James Phillips reports:

Iran's government is not a true democracy but a theocratic dictatorship that cloaks the rule of the ayatollahs with a fa├žade of representative government. The clerical regime hand-picked the four contending candidates from a pool of 475 who initially sought to run for the presidency. The senior clerics on the Guardian Council, which vets the candidates, severely narrowed the choices to less than 1 percent of the original field of challengers. The four who were permitted to run for the presidency share a deep commitment to the extremist Islamist ideology that sparked Iran's 1979 revolution.

This is almost as bad as the old Soviet "elections" that featured unopposed candidates.

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