**this blog post has been modified at the request of people close to a foreigner, someone i know, in Iran who was previously mentioned on this blog. the person’s friends are concerned for the individual’s safety and security in Iran, so i removed his name from here and facebook. crazy situation.
“Where is my vote” and “where is their vote” are the emerging slogans for the ongoing post election uprising in Iran. And wow, this photo from a foreigner in Iran says it all. I ran into the foreigner recently and he has been in Iran for some time… More from him on Nicholas Kristof’s blog.
[photo by the foreigner in Iran, via Facebook]
“If this outcome is allowed to stand, we now have a situation where tens of millions of Iranians will be going through the next four years believing that the president was installed by force in a coup de etat, whereas in the past there was merely a sensation of creeping, teeth-grinding dissatisfaction with the antics of those in power,” the foreigner recently wrote. “The difference may seem academic, but it is fundamental. In history, Iranians have always eventually brought down governments which were regarded as not respecting the will and needs of the people to an unbearable degree. But only time will tell what the real consequences of all of this are.”