Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Huge hypocrisy

First off, I support movements for democracy, whether in Iran or here in the U.S.

But the current coverage of the Iranian election by the U.S. corporate media, and the rulers it serves, is very revealing when you compare it with their coverage of other democracy movements. Immediately, U.S. rulers made pronouncements on the need for democracy in Iran, and that there might have been voter fraud, when they routinely ignore glaring cases of election fraud here and abroad.

For example, in the last presidential election in Mexico, there was much evidence produced by the Partido de la Revolución Democrático (PRD) that the election there was stolen for current president Felipe Calderón. Huge protests rocked Mexico City for weeks. But here in the states, immediate recognition was granted by the Bush administration. Since the Mexican government is a "friend" of the U.S. (read: they serve our interests), it was inevitable that immediate recognition would be granted no matter who was in office. (Obama would have done the same.) I don't want to suggest that there wasn't fraud in Iran. My point is that the U.S. government, and the bourgeoisie it represents, has blatant tunnel vision when it comes to justice.

The most hypocritical statements coming from the ruling elite are those of Joseph Lieberman:

“Through intimidation, violence, manipulation and outright fraud, the Iranian regime has once again made a mockery of democracy and confirmed its repressive and dictatorial character,” Lieberman said.
The hawkish Democrat-turned-independent added: “I would hope that President Obama and members of both parties in Congress will speak out, loudly and clearly, about what is happening in Iran right now and unambiguously express their solidarity with the brave Iranians who went to the polls in the hope of change and who are now looking to the outside world for strength and support.” (Politico, Real doubt on Iran election, 6/15/09)
This rings hollow coming from Lieberman, who with Gore, did not fight here in the United States when evidence suggested that the presidency was stolen from them in 2000.

In a different vein, with the violence that has occurred in Iran, we would expect that if similar violence was committed in the U.S. during a demonstration, the government here would condemn the entire movement and blame it for that violence even committed by the state.

1 comment:

patrick said...

Absolutely - it's no surprise that they support the most limited forms of democracy and can't recognize their own actions for what they are...