It isn’t enough for Britain’s fascist Member of Parliament George Galloway that he gets to host a show on Iran’s regime-controlled Press TV. (He actually brags about that, by the way.) He’s also cutting and pasting its propaganda into Britain’s Daily Record.
Although the western media largely did the usual thing – not straying far from their five-star hotels, talking to those who would happily talk to them and especially if they spoke English – it’s clear they mistook the plusher parts of the capital for the country at large. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commands the loyalty of the poor, the working class and the rural voters whose development he has championed.
He lives like them, looks like them – he’s never worn a suit since becoming president – and there’s more of them than the English speaking more liberal elites now on the streets demonstrating.
It will soon fizzle out.
This election almost mirrors the class composition of the recent polls in Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez has exactly the same friends in his country. And the same enemies.
Some well-meaning people who aren’t flacks for the regime still believe poor and rural Iranian citizens are Ahmadinejad’s base. But there are solid reasons to believe it’s no longer true. Opposition to Ahmadinejad in Iran not only extends far beyond Tehran, but beyond all Iranian cities.
Eric Hooglund explains at Tehran Bureau:
I do not carry out research in Iran’s cities, as do foreign reporters who otherwise live in the metropolises of Europe and North America, and so I wonder how they can make such bold assertions about the allegedly extensive rural support for Ahmadinejad.
Take Bagh-e Iman, for example. It is a village of 850 households in the Zagros Mountains near the southwestern Iranian city of Shiraz. According to longtime, close friends who live there, the village is seething with moral outrage because at least two-thirds of all people over 18 years of age believe that the recent presidential election was stolen by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
When news spread on Saturday (June 13) morning that Ahmadinejad had won more than 60 percent of the vote cast the day before, the residents were in shock.