Sunday, 14 June 2009
IRAN; ISLAM & DEMOCRACY
Hello again folks! We have been surprised when the poll pundits and analysts call the wrong result in an election. But they are usually, at maximum, accurate to within 5%. For example, there was a major 'surprise' with the 1992 General Election result here in the UK and the 2000 US Presidential election result [especially in the state of Florida]. On the other hand; there were no surprises in the recent EU election with UKIP coming second or Netanyahu forming a government in Israel.
But there seems to be a variation on the meaning of 'democracy' with the EU and Iran! The EU brand of so-called democracy is to keep holding elections until the electorate give the right result. The 'right result' being the voters falling in line with the wisdom of the EU leadership and bureaucrats and not vice versa!
In Iran we have another brand of democracy - islamic democracy. By all accounts the pundits and political prognosticators have all called the election result wrong. They expected, at the very least, the reformist candidates to force a second vote and have a reasonable chance of deposing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But in actual fact; with an 85% turnout [note that only 43% voted in the recent EU poll]; the incumbent won a landslide with [supposedly] 62.6% of the vote. This has truly shocked the 'experts' and led to disputes and protests against the vote as it is deemed, in some quarters, to have been rigged. But are we are talking about western democracy when it is applied to an islamic republic? Of course not!
It is being reported today that leading reformists have been arrested in Iran following demonstrations against the result. Around one hundred  members of Iranian reformist groups have been arrested and accused of orchestrating the protests following the disputed presidential election result. Supporters of defeated reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi were arrested overnight, including the brother of ex-President Khatami. Mr Mousavi's status is not known. This follows the news that not a few crowds took to the streets of Tehran on Saturday to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election:
So we have here another case of democracy - Middle Eastern/islamic style. Whether it is Gaza or Lebanon or Egypt or Iraq or Iran or any other islamic entity; there must always be a degree of of caution applied when the term 'democracy' is used. In total contrast to this: in the only true democracy in the Middle East; Israel; political parties can stand who are openly against the Jewish state!
So we need to take the mass media news reports on the Iranian election with a pinch of salt. I find it most interesting that David Miliband has only said that it is up to Iran to resolve any wrongdoing. He said:
"We have also heard the concerns about the counting of ballots expressed by two of the candidates. This is a matter for the Iranian authorities to address."
This statement came from from our Foreign Secretary! Our national representative in the Mother of all [democratic] Parliaments! This muted response just about says it all. Democracy and islam go together like similar magnetic poles. They repel each other ... so the reality of democracy in the Middle East is a tad different what from we understand here in the West. On top of that; Iran is implicated in a negative light in the end time scenario as revealed in the Holy Bible. So to expect a comfortable result in Iran for us folks here in the West where Ahmadinejad is deposed and a reformist president takes his place is not wise. All religio-political power in Iran is from the Supreme Ayatollah downward anyway. We should, however, expect a lot more of these 'shocks' as events unroll and we head toward the rise of the Beast; the covenant of death [sheol] that Israel will one day sign with antichrist and the dreaded Tribulation. Remember that there are not a few True Christians in Iran and their number is rising. They are not [all] political activists. They need our support and prayers as God is doing a fine work there. Be Bereans; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel! God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith J Sinclair ... 14-June-2009