Friday, July 10, 2009

Iran and the Blogosphere

Nico Pitney of the Huffington Post interviews Juan Cole about the recent events in Iran and Cole's new book, Engaging the Muslim World.

Cole believes that the election was stolen by Ahmadenijad but doubts that Mousavi has the backbone to take power. A similar and even better developed discussion by Asbed Kotichikian was just posted today at Whirled View.

I cannot pretend to have nearly the expertise on Iran and the Middle East exhibited by these scholars. Based purely on many years of following elections at home and overseas, I do not view the Iranian electoral process as particularly aberrant in its corruption. We have situations much closer to home which produce voter dissatisfaction and maintain corrupt governments.

I do strongly support the right of all people to assemble and petition their government to hold free and fair elections among other grievances.

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