After a day of turbulent riots in Tehran, the world’s attention is focused on what will unfold in the upcoming week in Iran. After winning a contested 64% of the vote, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election against challenger Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, a candidate who has sparked hope and loyalty among thousands of young Iranians. Mousavi, running on a reformist platform, captured the attention of the young voters of Iran who make up approximately 60% of the population.
The outcry for a re-count comes after the surprising landslide victory for incumbent Ahmadinejad last Friday. Supporters of Mousavi have called for, and been granted, an investigation into the election.
The whole thing sounds a little familar, doesn’t it?
While Bush didn’t exactly win by a landslide–or at all–in the 2000 election (or again in 2004), I think some of us can empathize with the people of Iran, Bush supporters or not.
When democracy fails, or we seriously begin to question it, what is our responsibility as citizens? Do we riot or protest in the streets of our capitol or do we submit our inquires to the democratic justice system?
What advice would you give the people of Iran? Should the results of public elections stand, even if they are undesirable? How do we live in a country and under a leader who we do not support?
Tell us what you think.
Here is a video for your inspiration and education.