Iran Elections: What Happened? What Now?
Over at New Atlanticist, I’ve published my thoughts on this weekend’s Iranian election mess in two separate posts: Iran’s Elections: What We Know (And What We Don’t) and Iran’s Elections: What Now?
The short answers: “Not a whole hell of a lot” and “The same thing we do every day, Pinky.”
I’m reasonably sure that the elections were stolen. Indeed, I’m not convinced that the regime even bothered to count the vote. But, like my colleague Dave Schuler, I considered the elections a sham from the get-go. For that matter, I thought Iran’s elections were a sham four years ago.
I feel for those poor kids in all the photos, videos, and Tweets Andrew Sullivan has posted over the last three days. At the end of the day, though, Joe Biden is right: “Talks with Iran are not a reward for good behavior. Our interests are the same before the election as after … and that is we want them to cease and desist from seeking a nuclear weapon and having one in its possession and secondly to stop supporting terror.”
Our interests in the region are unchanged. So, for that matter, are the Iranian regime’s. All that’s different now is that any Western notions that they’re dealing with a democratic regime have been dashed. To the extent that our negotiators harbored such illusions, this weekend’s rude awakening is a necessary dose of reality.
Much more at the links.
Photo: Reuters Pictures.