Thursday, June 18, 2009

Democracy that Isn't

Does anyone have a good reply to this blog post by James Rummel?

Any step towards democracy is good, but it seems most Americans think the election process in Iran is more genuine that it really is.

UPDATE: A great answer is in this article by Amir Taheri, which I found through this blog post. One key paragraph is:
In 1979, the people looked to the Shiite clergy for leadership. This time, the clergy is pushed into the background. The new "moral references" of Iranian society are no longer clerics; they are intellectuals, academics, lawyers and independent trade-union leaders. Whatever the struggle's outcome, one thing is certain: Mullahs will never regain their position of moral authority in Iranian politics.
This second blog post is a worthy companion.

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