Our friends are crying and depressed and sick. "Last night they started arresting boys and girls out walking together," a friend told me. "People are saying no more colorful scarves; no more parties…" This may seem to be the least important aspect of the whole election, but it's not. Live without a normal social life and see what happens to you…
Iranian tv is saying that Iranians have shamed America and Western news is saying that Iranians have taken a hard turn to the right. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that neither are correct.
This election was not about America.
This election was not about Islam.
The election may have been about the revolution.
This past week AN presented these simple messages:
Rich against poor and honesty against corruption.
People voted for AN. Raf voters voted against AN.
The middle class voted, but many of them voted for AN. The rich went on vacation.
The poor voted for AN. And there are a lot more poor people than rich people in Iran.
AN knew something about Iranians: they are sick to death of corruption, and they think every rich person is corrupt. They hate mullahs, but they still love Islam. And one more thing: the majority of his opponents are apathetic.
"I don't think it mattered who we voted for ever," a voting friend tells me. "This is the result they wanted from the beginning. They got it in the parliament and now they got it in our new president."
Her eyes are red from crying.