When 31-year-old Amir considers voting in the June 14th Iranian election, he is finding a conundrum. Voting or not voting are both unfavorable choices. The bloodbath after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s contentious election in 2009 might be viewed as legitimate, but important social issues deserve a vote.
After the presidential elections in May 2009, Ahmadinejad’s rivals Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi claimed large irregularities in the results. Millions of Iranians also protested against the results.
The Iranian regime’s former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has been in opposition to Ahmadinejad. He recalled issuing a warning about Ahmadinejad to members of the powerful Expediency Council five years ago.
He added: “In 2008, gentlemen from that commission came to my office and said that I had problems with Mr Ahmadinejad. They were supporters of Ahmadinejad and wanted to resolve these problems.
“They asked me what my problem was. I sat down and for two and a half hours I recounted the problems of the past, the present, and the future, until they agreed that if they had known, they would have acted against him.
“Had they acted in accordance with my own viewpoints, we would not have experienced the evils of 2009.”
Now, a member of the Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence unit is planning to provide a tape proving fraud to WND.
The tape is reported to be an eleven minute conversation between Ahmadinejad and Vahid Haghanian, the head of the supreme leader’s office. They discuss the addition of millions of votes to ensure the election was secured by Ahmadinejad.
Here are the actual results as claimed by the source:
Mir Hossein Mousavi won the election with over 19,250,000 votes.
Ahmadinejad was second with a little over 13,000,000 votes.
Mohsen Rezaei had approximately 3,700,000 votes.
Mehdi Karoubi had approximately 3,200,000 votes.
When the results of the 2009 election were released, showing a 62% victory by Ahmadinejad, millions of protesters flooded the streets. In retaliation, the regime arrested thousands, torturing and executing some. Mousavi and Karoubi were placed under house arrest, and remain so.
As reported by the Guardian Express, and exclusively obtained by WND, Ahmadinejad was arrested and held for seven hours, and told to ‘keep his mouth shut’ about matters detrimental to the Islamic regime’ on Monday.
The Islamic Republic News Agency is assailing WND for a ‘baseless’ claim, and for attacking the government of Iran falsely.
Meanwhile, Amir and millions of other Iranians have a quandary. If the voter turnout is high, will it send a signal to the world that the elections of 2009 receive some sort of legitimacy? If they boycott the polls, will that send a message of discontent to the world?
Well-known national religious activist Taghi Rahmani, who left Iran about a year ago, argues that individual boycotts will have little effect on the establishment when it comes to the June election.
“Not voting is not something that will upset the Islamic establishment,” Rahmani says. “These elections will be held simultaneously with city council elections in which the motivation for participation is very high because of family, ethnic, and tribal ties. Historically, 40 to 50 percent of Iranians have taken part in the elections. Therefore the regime doesn’t face a real vote problem. Forty to 50 percent will vote, [the regime] will add to that 10 percent and make it 60 [percent turnout].”
If the tape is obtained by WND, will this signify the end of Ahmadinejad’s power? Or will Iran’s ruling forces react in a unified manner and declare the tape fraudulent, and manufactured by anti-Iranian forces within the United States?
Either way it will be interesting. In a world of electronics few secrets can be kept. Even before we had the sophisticated devices of today, an American President was toppled by tape recordings. Could it happen again, to the leader of another country?
Columnist-The Guardian Express