A couple of days ago, I wondered if the protests of the Iranian people would make any difference. Apparently in Iran they have not in the case of the leadership. But the world has been touched by the passions of the people to have their voices heard. Most Americans support the Iranian people and their protests despite the fact that the President has mostly been silent on the matter not wanting to appear as though he was meddling. The Ayatollah in Friday prayers announced definitively that the vote was not a fraud and that no new voting would take place. He declared Ahmadinejad the winner in a landslide and sternly warned protestors that there would be a crackdown on any new protests. He offered no concessions and there was word that Mousavi had been told that he was to appear with the Ayatollah during prayers. Mousavi did not appear.
The Ayatollah is granted virtually unlimited powers by the Iranian constitution. Khamenei accused foreign media and America of meddling and stiring up the chaos in Iran. “Some of our enemies in different parts of the world intended to depict this absolute victory, this definitive victory, as a doubtful victory,” he said. “It is your victory. They cannot manipulate it.” Khamenei also commented, “If the difference was 100,000 or 500,000 or 1 million, well, one may say fraud could have happened. But how can one rig 11 million votes?”
Will the Iranian people continue to demonstrate? Will they try to start a rebellion and overthrow the current leadership? I believe the latter is the only thing that will make a difference in the lives of the Iranian people. And unless our President sends out the message that we will support the Iranian people, they may not have the courage to make that move. Where is a Ronald Reagan when you need one?