Monday, June 15, 2009

Iranian Investigation into Vote Fraud: Probably Not as Hopeful as It Sounds

HuffPost put up a report that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khomeini has ordered an investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in last week's election:
Iran's supreme leader ordered Monday an investigation into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround by the country's most powerful figure and offering hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

HuffPost calls this investigation a "huge development," but it sounds a lot like the appointment of high-level investigatory commissions in the U. S. The idea is to distract, delay, and obfuscate until everybody forgets the issue.

Still, internal pressure to reverse the election results may be having an effect.

Rigging the election in such a massive way was tantamount to a coup by the clerical establishment and Ahmadinejad. Maybe they're starting to lose their nerve.

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