"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, December 18, 2006

Iranian Experts Assembly Election results?

According to IRNA:

Election Headquarters at the Interior Ministry here Monday announced the final results of the elections held Friday for the 4th Assembly of Experts in Tehran province.
According to votes counted from a total 5,856 boxes in Tehran province the following candidates obtained the highest number of votes:

1- Akbar Hashemi Bahramani (Rafsanjani), 1,564,197 votes; 2- Mohammad Aqa Emami Kashani, 1,027,767 votes;
3- Ali Akbar Feiz Meshkini, 1,015,500 votes;
4- Mohammad Yazdi, 970,192 votes;
5- Ahmad Jannati, 929,403 votes;
6- Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, 879,883 votes;
7- Hassan Rowhani, 844,190 votes;
8- Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi, 736,387 votes;
9- Mohsen Kazerouni, 716,828 votes;
10- Mohsen Aqa Mir Mohammad-Ali Kharrazi, 688,212 votes; 11- Reza Ostadi Moqaddam, 650,391 votes;
12- Abdolnabi Namazi, 602,096 votes;
13- Mohammad-Baqer Baqeri Kani, 598,352 votes;
14- Mohammad Mohammadi Gilani, 574,688 votes;
15- Mohsen Qomi, 543,951 votes;
16- Mohammad Hassan Marashi 518,129 votes;

In a statement made this past Friday, Majlis speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said regarding the big election:

"The vote of anybody who goes to polls today, irrespective of whom they vote for, marks a `no' answer to the US."
So, I guess they showed us?
See: Regime Change Iran, "Rafsanjani Leads Polls in Iran"
Which according to a recent Fox News article, "Opponents of Ahmadinejad Take Lead in Iran Elections:"

"Opponents of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took an early lead in key races in Iran's local elections, according to partial results announced Monday, with moderate conservatives winning control of councils across the country.

If the final results hold -- especially in the bellwether capital, Tehran -- it will be an embarrassment to Ahmadinejad, whose anti-Israeli rhetoric and unyielding position on Iran's nuclear program have provoked condemnation in the West and moves toward sanctions at the U.N. Security Council."

For those hoping for fruitful negotiations with Iran; if you haven't been paying attention up to this point, give it up - no fruit to bear.

Of interest might be Ilan Berman's piece in todays National Review Online, "Believe Him and Stop Him"

"Ahmadinejad clearly hopes that debunking the Holocaust can change all that. By discrediting the formative historical event that laid the groundwork for Israel’s establishment, Iran’s president is attempting to remove the rationale for its presence in the region — and by doing so, nudge Israel’s hostile neighbors into action. Indeed, as Ahmadinejad told conference attendees on December 12, “[t]he Zionist regime will disappear soon, the same way the Soviet Union disappeared” and “humanity will achieve freedom.”

Politicians in Israel are taking notice. “It’s 1938, and Iran is Germany, racing to arm itself with atomic bombs,” former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of Israel’s most influential politicians, warned an audience in Los Angeles last month. “Believe him and stop him,” Netanyahu said. “This is what we must do. Everything pales before it.”'

I believe....


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