After a day of turbulent riots in Tehran, the world’s attention is focused on what will unfold in the upcoming week in Iran. After winning a contested 64% of the vote, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election against challenger Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, a candidate who has sparked hope and loyalty among thousands of young Iranians. Mousavi, running on a reformist platform, captured the attention of the young voters of Iran who make up approximately 60% of the population.

The outcry for a re-count comes after the surprising landslide victory for incumbent Ahmadinejad last Friday. Supporters of Mousavi have called for, and been granted, an investigation into the election.

The whole thing sounds a little familar, doesn’t it?

While Bush didn’t exactly win by a landslide–or at all–in the 2000 election (or again in 2004), I think some of us can empathize with the people of Iran, Bush supporters or not.

When democracy fails, or we seriously begin to question it, what is our responsibility as citizens? Do we riot or protest in the streets of our capitol or do we submit our inquires to the democratic justice system?

What advice would you give the people of Iran? Should the results of public elections stand, even if they are undesirable? How do we live in a country and under a leader who we do not support?

Tell us what you think.

Here is a video for your inspiration and education.


~ by Em on June 16, 2009.

One Response to “Re-count?”

  1. You know, honestly the only thing I keep thinking is how much WE could be learning from THEM. I mean, there was a lot of rumble and grumble surrounding the 2000 and 2004 elections and people angered over the electorate, but really, what did young, frustrated US Americans do? Nothing. So there’s still an electorate, it’s still not worthwhile.

    However they are standing up, at the risk of their lives (which I doubt we would be risking with a protest), they are saying that this is not the government they voted for and they won’t take it. And they don’t need news coverage and phone reception and the ability to have one person stand up and tell them what to do, they’re just getting together and getting that shit done. We need to do a lot more of that.

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