Magazine article The American Conservative

Salutary Neglect

Magazine article The American Conservative

Salutary Neglect

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Neoconservative Daniel Pipes, at least, had cause to rejoice over Iran's June 13 elections, whose hotly disputed official results had hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cruising to re-election over moderate challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi 63 to 34 percent. Said Pipes at an American Enterprise Institute panel days before, "I'm sometimes asked who I would vote for if I were enfranchised in this election, and I think I would, with due hesitance, vote for Ahmadinejad."

Worse, for Pipes and his confreres, is better--since President Ahmadinejad makes scaring up a case for war with Iran so much easier. In a post-election blog for Commentary, Max Boot declared, "a win for Ahmadinejad is also a win for those of us who are seriously alarmed about Iranian capabilities and intentions." He hoped President Obama might respond by "tacitly giving the go-ahead to Israel to attack [Iran's] nuclear installations."

But Iran's students and other groups supporting Mousavi were much less pleased with the outcome than were U.S. hawks. Decrying irregularities in the vote--pro-Mousavi poll watchers had been intimidated, they said, and in some places voter turnout appeared to exceed 100 percent--Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstrations since the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad and his sponsor, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, responded predictably, unleashing police and Basij militia against the protestors.

Yet not all of the ayatollahs have sided with Ahmadinejad: Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the onetime designated successor to Ayatollah Khomeini released a remarkable statement calling for scrutiny of the election results and for the police to back off. …

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