A political cartoon by Nikahang Kosar, a leading cartoonist and blogger, portraying the apparent over sized stolen victory in the recent Iranian presidential election by incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
I'm obviously far from being an expert on Iranian politics but everything I read and hear tells me that this election was fixed for Ahmadinejad in the worst and most obvious ways. But perhaps this is encouraging in the long run. It seems to me that the only reason the current theocracy in Iran would fake results this blatantly is because they are that scared of a result from the populous that they could not control. Know hope.
[Update: Andrew Sullivan asks an obvious question:
Under what circumstances with a turnout of 85 percent do landslides for incumbents happen, as the regime claims in Iran? Are there any precedents for this in electoral history? One way of tackling the question of fraud is simply probability. How many election results in history have never varied from region to region or from the beginning of the count to the end? Does this result have any serious precedents? Or is it as self-evidently rigged as it increasingly seems?This is not surprising considering the current players but somewhat hopeful when you look at the make up of the Iranian population. Just as in America, the younger generation is more politically engaged and progressive than ever before. I take heart in this new trend in both cultures.]
[Update II: A green shirted Mousavi protester rescues a beleaguered state policeman during a post-election riot following the apparent victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinajedad in Iran:
Humane acts such as this distinguish the true heroes from the theocratic monsters in every society.]