The Illusion Of Freedom And The Missing Voice

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The American Thinker has posted an article by Amil Imani & Dr. Arash Irandoost on the continuing unrest in Iran.  According to the article, this is the actual vote:

However, the turnout was massive, a near record high 85 percent of Iran's 49.2 million eligible voters. Based on the information from Mousavi's website , a group of Interior Ministry employees have leaked out the following results which seem to be closer to reality than the one released by the establishment:

Total eligible: 49.2 Million

Participated in the election: 75% to 85%
Mir Hussein Mousavi: 45%
Mehdi Karoobi: 33%
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: 13%
Mohsen Rezai: 9%
Cancelled votes: 3%
I have no way of knowing if these figures are accurate--they came from the person who seems to have lost the election, but the authors of the article feel they are:
"It is clear that Mr. Mir Hussein Mousavi won the election by a large margin. Ahmadinejad came out third. But on Friday June 12, 2009, in the Islamic election (selection) something happened. Something beyond what anyone could have ever imagined. Something huge. A daylight coup d'├ętat by the elements of the establishment, particularly, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the Senate designated as a terrorist organization (with Senator Obama not voting). The clerical leadership in Iran has grown increasingly reliant on the IRGC to help it stave off internal pressure for political and economic reform and external pressure resulting from international concern over Iran's nuclear program."
The article also mentions that a Spiegel German reporter in Iran has reported and verified that  the regime has brought many Arab speaking Hizbollah factions from Lebanon to attack the Iranian people.  This is seen by the authors of the article as a sign that the police and law enforcement are becoming less willing to do the mullah's bidding.  That may be a very good sign that the days of the mullahs are numbered--but remember, an animal fights the hardest when it is cornered.
Despite the criticism he received for doing it, George Bush stood for democracy.  Now from the American president there is silence.  Real Clear Politics reminded us on November November 24, 2006: 
"But even the realists and cynics might concede there has been some benefit, perhaps going back as far as Plymouth Rock, in having one nation standing for the conceit, or even the ideal, that men elsewhere with democratic aspirations could at least count on us for active support. This is the core idea in the Bush Doctrine."
America needs to stand for democracy.  We do not need to intervene militarily--but we need to state strongly that we support honest elections in all parts of the world and we do not support protesters being shot.  I am sure there have been pictures taken of the protesters so that they can be identified and dealt with later.  As a country, America needs to speak forcefully against this. 

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