It's amazing how people take their views of the world and their societies, then project those views onto another society that is totally different. For instance, in Iran there was a huge protest after the election, and many people in the United States saw it as a protest of a corrupt government trying to quell democracy. But is that really what happened? As we did deeper we find that is not exactly the case. Oh sure, there was some hanky panky going on in the election returns, but there is a lot more to it than that.
Needless to say, we chose to interpret what we saw on our TV sets as something that it wasn't. The gentleman who lost the election to Ahmadinejad had political leanings that were not exactly democratic in nature. His monied supporters were also involved in the Iranian revolution during that time of the fall of the Shah of Iran. His big political supporters behind the scenes were that of the vast wealth. What we saw on our TV sets was not as much about democracy as a power struggle at the top.
A power struggle that included money and power versus fundamentalism and nationalism in Iran. It was all about politics and it really wasn't much about democracy. Oh sure, some of the people that were marching had Western views of democracy and joined in, but most of the people involved in the protests and marches were not out there for the kinds of reasons that Americans might march in the street if we found out that our elections were tainted, or the results were bogus.
What is amazing is that our media did not dig deeper into the reality of the situation and simply continued to bring on political pundits, and continued to replay and rewind the video feeds during this event. Indeed, it made us feel good to stand up for democracy, but what we were watching was not democracy in action, it was a political struggle that's been going on since right after the 1979 Iranian revolution. Thus, our reaction to these events say more about us, then they do about the situation in Iran. Please consider all this.