Consequences of World Media’s Silence on Election Fraud in
Although the vote rigging allegations in the first
round of the elections in Iran are the most blatant and even Islamic Republic
insiders with impeccable establishment credentials are protesting about it, the
world media is silent. The foreign correspondents are just repeating the results
as announced by the Guardian Council.
Giving the impression to the world that this was a fair and free election and
the population participated in this farce overwhelmingly.
Two results were announced after the elections.
The interior ministry who should have announced the election results, announced
Ahmadi-Nejad’s votes as 3,449,697.
Yet the Guardian Council which should have no
part in announcing the results, declared Ahmadi-Nejad as the second candidate
with almost one million votes extra.
Where did the extra one million votes suddenly
In a controversial letter to the Supreme Leader,
published on various sites and dailies in
but later withdrawn, Karroubi resigned from all his government posts and
accused the Supreme Leader’s son for manipulating the election results.
Suddenly Karroubi, the long term veteran of the Islamic Republic, the man who
could be relied on to be the peace maker between the different factions in the
Islamic Republic, felt so outraged by the audacity of the vote rigging that he
joined the opposition to the Islamic Republic!
The foreign media however, have not reported any of this. They have just simply
regurgitated the Guardian Council figures. BBC’s John Simpson, a self
proclaimed expert on
, in his typical school boy “analysis”, paraphrased the usual, “Rafsanjani
the moderate facing the hardliner in the second round ….”
What will be the consequences of such reporting?
The Muslim youth in Europe hear about alleged
election fraud in
, but a "successful", flawless election in the Islamic Republic. The
Muslim youth in Europe will hear the allegations of mistreatment of the
and Abu Ghraib prisons, but they never hear the mistreatment of political
prisoners and ordinary public in the Islamic Iran. I can go on with such
In short however, the idea of the Islamic
government being some sort of Utopia and the Western democracy a flawed and
degenerate system will be further engrained into the minds of the Musilm youth
The Muslim youth will be more confident and more
resolute than before.
These spineless politicians and media will help
the West to lose the ideological battle ground. Once that is lost, all else will
crumble too. For no force will ever be powerful enough to take on the growing
fundamentalism amongst the determined and dedicated Muslim youth who are
prepared to die for what the Western media led them to believe to be a Utopia.
So much for the West’s war on terrorism.
I have seen two worthwhile articles in the
press. An excellent expert article in the Wall
and one in New
The PC European press however seems
determined to champion the Islamic Republic.