Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last two days, you have to have heard of the ongoing electoral turmoil in Iran. Mir Hossein Moussavi, a reformist and moderate, decided to run against the embedded current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The campaign was hard fought, and both sides seemed to take notes from their American brethren about how to play dirty politics. Finally, the day of the vote came, and Ahmadinejad won with 62% of all votes cast. That should have settled everything.
Alas, it did not settle a thing. Instead, Moussavi, along with his green-clad supporters, contends that there was election fraud. Sure, all of the votes were counted by the ruling party, which happened to be running in the election. And, sure, some of the districts had more than 99% voting. And, sure, the Twitterverse has a rumor going around that an interior secretary released the real vote, and then was promptly killed. But there is no hard evidence of anything.
As a response to all of this commotion, Moussavi and his supporters are staging rallies, protests, and events all around the country. In Tehran, the government is cracking down hard on these protests, though, contrary to a popular Twitter belief, they are not sending in the army . There are violent clashes, huge fights, and possibly a large death toll – we will never know the full story, as reporters are currently not allowed to report. That said however, the accusation is still just a rumor, and just a feeling; there is no hard evidence that there was fraud.
Americans have joined in with their ‘brethren’ in Iran. On Twitter, users are changing their locations to Tehran, changing their time zones, and pretending to be Middle Eastern, all to try and confuse the police. Users are altering their avatars to be either a green sign or green tinted. The social media Americans sense fraud in the air, and they have started to try to get in on the action.
Even so, why the hell should we care? We are not Iranians. We do not live near the country, nor are we affected by this decision. In short, it really doesn’t matter to Americans. Yet, here we are, up in arms, pretending and acting on Twitter, for something half the world away. What is it about this event that makes us interested in it?
Well, for starters, we happen to hate the system currently running Iran. Ever since they invaded our sovereign embassy, we have despised that country. The hardliners are anti-American, anti-Jew, and pro-oil-embargo. Oh, and they are also Muslims, which is a big no-no. Basically, they fight against everything we believe in. As we learned during the Cold War, any country that disagrees with us needs to change.
That said however, one needs to wonder: do we have the right to do anything about this? The world is in anarchy, and all inter-state politics take place in this anarchy. While the UN might try to police the anarchy, any attempt to do so is futile and wrong. So, why is the US over there trying to police it?
What gives this country, which I do believe is the greatest on Earth, the right to interfere with others? Iran is a sovereign nation; they run according to their own government. North Korea has the right to have an insane dictator, Cuba has the right to Castro, and Iran has the right to fraud. We have no right, as a country, or as an international player, to try to police what goes on in Tehran.
Hey, Americans, look out your door. You see the problems in your own backyard? Police those, and leave other countries to do as they wish.