All the talk about whether or not the Iranian presidential election was legitimate and fair is rather strange. People talk as if the president in Iran really matters much. Of course, the real power in Iran is with the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. In Iran you have a dictator right out of the 13th century ruling over a country where a lot of its citizens would really rather have a government suited to the 21st century.
Khamenei is a real swell guy. His day is packed with approving the imprisoning and torturing Iranian political dissidents, executing homosexuals, and training suicide bombers to blow themselves up in public marketplaces in Iraq. And of course his people are real keen on making the roadside bombs that have killed and maimed so many American soldiers in Iraq.
So with Iran in the international spotlight, the real questioning that should be going on is not about whether the presidential election in Iran was legitimate - but about whether the theocratic dictatorship in Iran is a legitimate form of government. This form of government makes the elections in Iran a kind of cruel joke played on the Iranian people. And for some reason the world plays along without condemning the whole system in Iran. It’s like Hitler is ruling Germany and by him allowing a president to be elected under him the world gets distracted from the key point that Germany is still ruled by Hitler.
It’s strange that President Obama would come down so hard on Honduras for the Supreme Court there ordering a president removed from office who was making an unconstitutional power grab - but regarding Iran he never points out the absurd form of dictatorship that rules that country.