There had been some pundits predicting that Friday’s Presidential Election in Iran would devolve into their Tiananmen Square.
Given the Anti-Iranian propaganda we hear in America, I figured the Iranian theocracy was a pretty tight ship and they would easily rig this election and insure a peacful acceptance of whatever result the Grand Mullahs desired.
Turns out I was wrong as Iran is indeed seeing widespread urban protests, disrupted communications and the ongoing expulsion of foreign reporters. As the above video attests, the Iranians are bad at both rigging elections and suppressing reporting on rigging an election.
All this could have been easily avoided had Iran just followed America’s lead in rigging an election.
Imagine this scenario:
Following the closing of polling booths Friday, the government should have gone into delay mode. Whether blaming tremendous voter turnout or a close election the government could have spent the next weeks and even months counting votes and rounding up overly vocal protestors.
If Iranian leaders had known recent American history they could have used the example of of our election of 2000 to learn the value of a cooling off period when stealing an election. Imagine our protests had Bush been declared the winner on election night 2000 with a unthinkable 65% to 35% margin of victory. Even our uneducated electorate could have smelled that stinky a fraud.
Combine the delaying tactic with the anti-protest tactics of NYC Mayor Bloomberg. The weeks of delay could have allowed the Iranian authorities the dual benefits of being able to round up protestors and inserting agent provactuers to sully the oppositions reputation.