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Hossein Mousavi Proves His Support From The People In Iran

June 15, 2009

It has been a long and disheartening weekend in Iran.  While there is weight being added hourly to the idea of a stolen election, there is also a movement underway in the larger urban areas that makes all proud that the human spirit prevails.  Hossein Mousavi is fighting for Iran.  The world community needs to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him. 

The complexities of the clerics, and the power they wield within Iran makes the fight a long shot.  But the continuous and unrelenting reminder that Iran is not a democratic nation, in spite of the ‘free election’, is a condemnation that needs to be made over and over.    While the ‘catch-22’ for the U.S. is obvious, in that how do we condemn a government as not being credible at the same time we need to have contacts with that government on crucial matters facing the world, is a huge problem.  In spite of that reality, I think it essential to the principles we hold and espouse that we not fail to stand with those in Iran who voted for a new way forward.

Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has joined a huge rally against the result of last week’s election, defying a government ban.

AFP news agency said Mr Mousavi told a crowd of tens of thousands in Tehran he was ready to take part in a new poll.

Mr Mousavi, who was making his first public appearance since Friday’s vote, believes results were rigged in favour of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mr Ahmadinejad has dismissed the claims and says the vote was fair.

The demonstrators gathered in Tehran’s Revolution Square, chanting pro-Mousavi slogans as riot police stood by.

Mousavi we support you. We will die, but retrieve our votes,” they shouted, many wearing the green of Mousavi’s election campaign.

And Mr Mousavi eventually appeared, addressing the crowd from the roof of his car.

“The vote of the people is more important than Mousavi or any other person,” he told his supporters.

His wife, Zahra Rahnavard, a high-profile supporter of her husband’s campaign, later said they would keep up their protests. “We will stand until the end,” she told the AFP.

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  1. Berel Scheib permalink
    June 17, 2009 4:34 PM

    No Mention of ‘Natural Growth’

    Obama did not choose to make a point of debating the issue of natural growth in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent speech, and it remains to be seen how U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell will follow up on the matter when he arrives in Jerusalem.

    On June 4, Obama stated in his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements… it is time for these settlements to stop.”

    Look, just tell ALL New Yorkers that there is to be no “new developement!” I.E. No new apartments will be built in New York. After all, didn’t Pres.Obama say that {in so many words} they don’t have or lack sufficient capital to support “settling” into any “new housing”?Aren;t many New Yorkers bankrupt? Are they not poor credit risks?
    So, economically they are not right, so to speak, for the American economy!
    So, “no new “development”!

    Never mind that the U. S. settled in (in so many words)!
    Never mind that Israel has sor of settled in to the territories it stole from Mexico and it stole from Indians! Pancho Villa and Menachem Begin. Terrorists? Territoryists?

    We Jews can be and are sometimes our own worst enemies if we continue to buy into this mishegas!

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