6.13.2009

That Iranian election

Friend of the blog, former Badger, and Middle East specialist Brian Ulrich has quite a bit to say about the re-election of President Ahmadinejad. On his own blog, he takes on Juan Cole; at American Footprints, he dissects the aftermath of the election further:
A coup led by the military is also easier to explain than one ordered by Ayatollah Khamene'i. I had been thinking about the implications of a Mousavi victory, and concluded that, given the continuing conservative dominance of Parliament, the most important changes for Iranians would be a different economic policy and the replacement of someone hostile to the old revolutionary establishment embodied by the likes of Rafsanjani with someone who was actually a part of it.

There's quite a bit more insight in both pieces, so do stop by them and read both.