As I watch the events in Iran unfold, I am disturbed. Not so much with the political posturing, that is an inherent by product of the political process, but the deconstruction of a democratic society before our eyes.
The original election period was supposed to take place in a 24-hour period. I do not believe that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expected the turnout at the polls or the thronging of the ex-pats to the international polling places.
You see, Ahmadinejad likes the international stage that he has made such a fool of himself on. He likes the attention, the perks and the lifestyle. Like all dictators in training, he has no desire to give these things up.
When the results were tallied, the first day, not by an independent party but by Ahmadinejads own ruling party and the results were not what they wanted, they extended the voting by another two days. Whole blocks of votes were lost, most likely blocks of votes were counted twice. But we’ll never know, because there was no independent governing body that could be held separate from the government. No independent source that could be trusted by the people.
Now, we have people dying. Martyrs are being made daily. With technology the way it is, there is no way to keep things quiet anymore. No way to shut the media down. A simple cellphone video tells the story of a young woman shot dead in the street . Uploaded, it runs as international news.
We can’t go back in time to an age of filtered media, government sanctioned/ sanitized news. We can tell the truth.
But as we tell the truth, we have a responsibility to act in accordance to what we know to be right and true. We can’t just tell the truth, we have to fix what is wrong too.