Tuesday, December 19

Democracy in Iran

Found this to be an interesting article. Now that he's actually allowing opposition candidates to run, the Freak of Iran's party has been suffering some losses in recent local level elections. More surprisingly, he's facing protests at universities across the country.

Makes you wonder --Maybe Bush should talk to the guy; they've so much more in common now... (Except that opponents to our president don't have to go into hiding and fear for their lives afterward.) Seriously, they could set up a counseling session moderated by Nancy Pelosi and Ted Kennedy to discuss how being called a "dictator" and other hurtful terms affects their psychie and ability to lead. Then Pelosi and Kennedy could have Democratic voters speak about why they think President Bush is more like Adolph Hitler than the Holocost-denying Ahmadinejad...

Iranian student activists who staged an angry protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week have gone into hiding in fear for their lives after his supporters threatened them with revenge.

One student fled after being photographed holding a banner reading, "Fascist president, the polytechnic is not for you", during Mr Ahmadinejad's visit to Tehran's Amir Kabir university. At least three others have gone underground after being seen burning his picture. Vigilantes from the militant Ansar-e Hezbollah group have been searching for them.

In a startling contrast to the acclaim Mr Ahmadinejad has received in numerous recent appearances around Iran, he faced chants of "Death to the dictator" as he addressed a gathering in the university's sports hall last week. Several hundred students forced their way in to voice anger over a clampdown on universities since he became president last year.

"He threatened us directly, saying that what we were doing was against the wishes of the nation," said Babak Zamanian, a spokesman for Amir Kabir university's Islamic students' committee. "After that, the students protested even more sharply, calling him a lying religious dictator and shouting, 'Forget America and start thinking about us!'

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