On the anniversary of the 2009 presidential election, two candidates who failed abysmally, former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Mousavi, who led the government after the 1979 revolution during time of the deadly persecutions of leaders of unions and socialist organizations that were the early backbone of that 1979 revolution, and Mehdi Karroubi, who finished third both in 2005 and 2009, still proclaimed to their followers, to the delight of Western conglomerate media, that "tainted hands falsified your pure votes," as they announced cancelation of tomorrow's planned demonstrations.
The highly featured June 2009 storm created by the Islamic Revolution's 1981-1989 Prime Minister charging election fraud and leading confrontation in the streets was born and unfolded in a climate wherein America's powerful conglomerate media had already convinced its audiences that President Ahmadinejad was a despicable character. This is the backdrop for Mousavi cry of having won being welcomed immediately throughout the imperialist world.
On the downside is an obstreperous Iran, unfairly bearing a grudge for the U.S. overthrowing its national hero, who was creating problems for everybody by foolishly nationalizing Iran's oil. An Iran that ungratefully threw out its kind Shah who was a close friend and associate of the U.S. An Iran, whose students dared to arrest U.S. CIA trainers of the Shah's secret police there solely to help Iranians keep order. An Iran which refuses to let bygone be bygones about Saddam Hussein's U.S. backed invasion. An Iran which butts its nose into how benevolently the Israelis are treating Muslims in Palestine.
To begin with, there is not a shred of evidence the vote count that gave Ahmadinejad the 62+% win was dishonest and no one has even tried to present evidence that it was. The Rockefeller Bro. Institute funded poll, three weeks before, had Ahmedinejad over Mousavi 2 to 1! And in the previous presidential election, four years earlier, it was the same striking margin, 62% for Ahmadinejad over Mousavi's present election backer billionaire Mullah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, himself a former two term president. Why? Ahmadinejad is a hero of for much of Iran's massive third world poor population of farmers, miners, factory workers.
- No U.S. media has reported that Mousavi's official list of complaints filed with the Election Commission did NOT include any challenge of the vote count! Mousavi's list was largely complaints about President Ahmadinejad unfair pre-election use of media, government agencies, etc. for propaganda during the campaign. Mousavi's only complaint regarding the election itself, was about the rejection, well beforehand, of some hundred or so of Mousavi poll station observers on his submitted list. (For a listing of Mousavi's filed complaints see: Kaveh Afrasibi in Monthly Review, June 6th, Iran, Mousavi States His Case, "short on specifics and long on extraneous, election-unrelated complaints")
- After the election, we never hear further mention of the 50,000 Mousavi poll station observers in place, observers that Mousavi in the days before the election had claimed to his followers would make sure than the voting was overseen to prevent cheating. Each polling station has observers chosen by the four major candidates.
- Only a couple of weeks before the election, did CNN begin to report an "observation' that Mousavi appeared to be gaining some support to make the coming election less than a runaway for Ahmadinejad, and that twitter and cell phone communication would increasingly be a factor. And even these vague reports were of some "hopeful signs" in the cosmopolitan sector of Iran's cities, whereas more than third of Iran's population is rural and another third lives in small provincial cities and towns in a nation. that usually sees a high turnout eligible voters.
In an rare exception to the usual anti-Iran reporting of current events
Newsweek/Washington Post, June 28 2009, Was Iran's Election Stolen?
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C., "According to the official election results, the incumbent president Ahmadinejad won the election by a margin of 63 percent to 34 percent for his main competitor, Mir Hossein Mousavi. This is a difference of approximately 11.3 million votes. Any claim of victory for Mousavi must therefore contain some logically coherent story of how at least 5.65 million votes (one half of the 11.3 million margin) might have been stolen." Weisbrot devotes most of the article on the particulars of the voting system security, in detail.
Here is the crisis, as we got it from Ahmadinejad hostile and unfriendly CNN:
1. Mousavi hit the street and campaign headquarters with a cry that he had received a phone call from someone in the Ministry of the Interior that he had won. This call was not mentioned in Mousavi's officially filed complaints nor mentioned again in media once the violence started)
2. When, some hours later, the vote was announced as an overwhelming win for Ahmadinejad, Mousavi spokespersons and CNN inexplicably claimed that it was fraudulent because not enough time had passed to have counted enough votes. Yet Mousavi had announced his win much earlier than the time he and U.S. media now claimed to have been insufficient.
(Ahmadinejad is also a constant media target for insinuations for being the friend of U.S. "enemy' Presidents Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who when asked what he thought about the fraud accusation replied, "Don't know, but how can you fix 11 million votes?" [the announced Ahmadinejad winning margin])
4. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, Western media, European media, and U.S. government (CIA) which had overthrown Iranian democracy in 1950s and watched US backed and assisted Saddam Hussein invade Iran and cause one million deaths, was for the media audience now the democratic protecters of an Iranian election. The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe were being fed reports from the Mousavi people asking for help and for sympathetic demonstrations in Western countries.