Iran: The one time I hope Conservatives falter.

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

-Edmund Burke

As the situation in Iran fluxes, yet again, many theories abound over the web about ballot discrepancies and internal power struggles. Here is an aggregation of opinions and some numbers on Iran's election results provided by miscellaneous websites and media sources.

The Boston Globe provides a good breakdown, in short form, of the past few days events and about 40 pictures from a rally which took place in Tehran today.

The Enterprise Blog of the American Enterprise Institute offers up some interesting commentary and theories as to who is really behind this alleged coup and why.

Five Thirty Eight has a fantastic analysis of the Iranian provincial voting totals being reported from inside the country.

The UK Telegraph is reporting that rumors are surfacing that the totals being reported by Iran's Interior Ministry were tampered with and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually placed third and Mir-Hossein Mousavi won.

The Politico shares a differing opinion based on polling data from a Western firm which interviewed Iranian voters prior to the election.

What Americans need to keep in mind is that Mousavi may be the legitimate President of Iran, or maybe not, however he was still a candidate appointed to run by the "conservative" Mullahs. In our terms, he still has the potential to be a dictator, just maybe a little softer of a despot than Mahmoud. This should not make him any more palatable, though.

As the title of this post states, "Hopefully the conservatives that dominate Iran's political structure falter." They sure aren't the type of conservatives I have come to respect or understand.



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