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Haha Iran makes same mistake twice

Juan Cole explains why Khatami’s second time around will also accomplish nothing:

Khatami has many flaws. He is at base a Khomeinist and so supports a regime that has a poor record on human rights. He may have high principles himself, but so far he has been relatively ineffectual in getting them implemented. His unwillingness to risk a crisis by pushing hard liners too far may contribute to social peace, but it also gives the hard liners a veto on reform.

All this election will do is give some legitimacy to the regime, which has suffered from very low voter turnout recently. By voting for a proven incompetent quasi-liberals, all Iranian liberals will do is put themselves backward. If you are reading this and can vote in Iran, don’t. Then read this guy.

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