What Is The Point Of A Recount That Perpetuates Fraud?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 30, 2009

I know that it will surprise precisely no one to find out that the “recount” of votes in Iran only served to affirm the regime’s preferred (and fraudulently obtained) outcome:

Iranian officials on Monday certified President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election, after a partial recount, sealing reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi’s last legal means of disputing the result.

Mr. Mousavi and fellow opposition candidate Mehdi Karroubi claimed widespread fraud during the June 12 election. Both men have signaled they wouldn’t accept the partial-recount results, according to state media. Yet it was unclear how they would push their protests further.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We’re going to take this a day at a time,” when asked if the White House would recognize Mr. Ahmadinejad as Iran’s legitimate president.

“One Day at a Time” was a television show in the 1970s. It is not a policy.

In other news, the official press in Iran denies that the security forces had anything to do with the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, and claims that outside elements stirred up protests in Iran. As if Iranians are incapable of acting against tyranny on their own; the regime’s charges should offend the intelligence of any Iranian that hears them. And indeed, protests in Iran continue, demonstrating that the population finds the regime’s claims and arguments utterly laughable.

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