It is very important that we blog about the Iranian elections and expose to the world the Iranian choices. Read here on Karroubi’s platform to open up the universities. There are conflicting polls on who is ahead, with state polls putting Ahmedinijad ahead, obviously. Ahmadinijad controls all the public television stations, which is what the vast majority of the country has access to. But the youth are with the reform candidates so they are trying to utilize every social media possible to reach the voters anyway. Therefore, Ahmadinijad is blocking Facebook as much as he can. Karroubi, like Obama, is focused on the internet, the youth, the disenfranchised. This is an unfair fight for the future of the people of Iran, and I believe it is the deciding factor for the future of peace and war in the Middle East. Candidate Moussavi is saying more what Westerners want to hear, and he is favored to win or face off the President according to some polls. But democratic elections are not and should not be about what Westerners want to hear, it is about human needs, and which candidate do they believe will fulfill those needs. Unfortunately, whether the candidate espouses violence against others is less important to most people than their basic needs. But democratic elections that lead to peaceful international relations must be about candidates that most successfully appeal to basic human needs, and the future of a country, while simultaneously refraining from building those promises on the basis of hatred of foreigners. The current president has chosen this latter path, and we should study carefully these reformist candidates and support whoever can provide the most democracy and economic rights together with a nonviolent approach to diplomacy and international relations. Karroubi is embracing much more basic human needs, economic justice, and basic freedoms, and he is rising fast. This intimates a much more enlightened foreign polcy, even though he is wisely not making that the center of his campaing.
But this is not an even fight with the State doing everything it can to suppress the reform candidates. They all support the development of nuclear technology–but that has never been the problem. It is not the technology, it is the intent of its use, and it is clear that Moussavi and especially Karroubi are trying to steer the country in a completely opposite direction than the demagogue who runs it now. So please learn more and spread more about these candidates.© Marc Gopin