Giving people the illusion of democracy is always a dangerous thing. It turns out they come to expect their voice to be heard.
Ahmadinejad declared himself the victor in yesterday’s Iranian elections, and the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (who gets to decide which things are ‘islamic’ and which are not, and therefore actually runs things) gave his nod. Pre-election polling showed that the challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, would win by a wide margin, as much as 2-to-1 in some estimates.
The Iranian people are justifiably upset, and have taken to the streets in riot and protest.
If I were Ahmadinejad, I would be terrified right now. He has the guns and the media, but the people seem to have found their voice.
The illusion of democracy is a dangerous thing.
updated 6/14, 1:23 am