What The News Downplays About Elections Such As Iran's
Ever since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979, the country, rather than attaining the supposed heaven on earth experience, it has been anything and everything but.
I could not find the figures for the unemployment rate, but the news out of Iran is that the government continues to repress religion as well as its own economy. Socially the people suffer as well, with homelessness, prostitution and drug addiction plaguing the a great deal of the population. Both AIDS and suicide are prevalent and many of the people are both frustrated and in despair.
Iran is ruled by s 'supreme leader' known as the Ayatollah Khamenei, and 12 Ayatollahs as a 'Council of Guardians', who can, by the way, totally reject any and all legislation brought forth by the Iranian people should these men consider it "un-Islamic." Recently the country held their 7th Presidential elections, which totally exclude any females from being candidates. Angry, as well as hopeless and helpless in the face of the supression of eligible and qualified women from the election process, and such obvious rejection of the country moving forward on behalf of their population, women and reformists both boycotted the polls. The Islamic and anti-Americanism in addition to the efforts by the Basij Islamic militia to mobolize the former, brought conservatives out in great numbers. However, the moderate candidate was beat easily and the runner up is even more into fundamental Islam that the incumbent that was appointed by the Ayatollah!!
It seems to me that the news media, especially in a free society such as ours and the press throughout all of Europe, has the opportunity to report this news out of Iran with as glaring a headline as the ugliness occuring in that nation right now brings to mind to even a layperson such as myself. Yet they choose not to, instead simply reporting that Iran held elections, yawn, nod, sigh, with very little else to report along with that news.
Our news media abounds with report after report of how the American people are becoming increasingly fed up with our involvement in the affairs of the Iraqi's, a nation who just as easily could be living in the same despair as the Iranians are these days. Yet, because of the presence of Iraq's American, British, Australian, and other allies from a smattering of other countries, they have something the Iranian people do not have: hope.
Tell us again, Big Media, how wrong it is for the US to be in Iraq today. Better yet, ask some Iraqi women who are now enjoying the fruits of the sacrifices of American troops on their behalf; ask them if they would rather live under the Islamic government such as their neighboring Iranian women live, or as they live now in Iraq, despite the obstacles caused by those very same Islamic fundamentalist fanatics?
Nah, the Big Media just wants more stories of casualites, of terroristic murders, of sabatoged pipelines and water supplies, of no phone service or electicity, of more polls showing the disatisfaction of American citizens enslaved to a McDonald's mentality, a media that continues to present lopsided reporting out of Iraq, especially as regards casualties.
A long time ago there was a song put out called: War. It said: War, huh, what is it good for? Absolutely, nothing! I say: while war is not desirable, it certainly is to the benefit of freedom loving people to have the option of having war as an option in the fight for freedom. War, huh, what is it good for? Fighting for Freedom, that's what it's good for.