But no matter what we think of the controlled Iranian political system, it is certainly superior to most of the political systems in the region. I will argue that those scenes of the TV debates are really hitting a cord throughout the Middle East and revealing to the Arab viewers what they knew not before about the Iranian political system. Arabs will not measure the Iranian political system by the criteria of some abstract notions of democracy or by the features of Swedish democracy, but the standards of the lousy regimes. There is no one country in the Middle East (outside of the Cyprus and the usurping entity--which is a democracy for the Jewish citizens of the state with superior status for the European immigrants) in which the head of state is not known before hand. Even in Lebanon, with the exception of the presidential election of 1970, we always know who the president will be because it is determined before hand by regional and international powers.
torsdag, juni 11, 2009