The Iranian election, which from all accounts has had an unprecedentedly strong showing with an amazing 70% filing in, is called by Ahmadinejad two hours after polls closed in a surprising landslide victory for Ahmadinejad – odd, because sometimes it helps to actually count the votes. The opposition’s offices are forcibly shut down, and Moussavi and his family are ‘detained’ under house arrest, Ahmadinejad claims, for a “traffic ticket.” The inevitable backlash from enraged citizens who have taken to the streets is quite literally beaten back with, as the NYTimes put it, “robocops on motorcycles.”
The NYTimes calls it a “tense situation.”
Yeah, if an election was stolen before your very eyes by the encumbant and legitimized under the batons of the riot police, it would be a little “tense,” wouldn’t it?
‘Course, while the NYTimes and other papers equivocate such an obvious breach, I’m really kinda concerned most about the Daily Show’s Jason Jones.