By Wyatt Earp | June 22, 2009
As the Iranian protests head into their second week, international pressure is increasing on the government there. Of course, they couldn’t care less, but the protests and riots are beginning to take their toll. So much so, in fact, that the Iranian government is blaming the West for the uprising.
I guess the fact that they have been caught performing election shenanigans didn’t sit well with the religious leaders. Now, they are doing their best Scooby Doo villain impersonation:
“We would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for the meddling West.”
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran stepped up allegations Monday against the West of “meddling” in its disputed presidential election even as its election authority reportedly acknowledged that the number of ballots cast in dozens of cities exceeded the number of eligible voters in those areas.
Speaking to reporters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi alleged that foreign media organizations, such as CNN and the BBC, were mouthpieces of their respective governments that were exaggerating reports of police clashes with protesters who have demonstrated daily since the June 12 race.
Yeah, and that real-time video of the Iranian woman shot and killed was just a Hollywood production, right?
He also said that government-run news sites, such as the Iranian Student’s News Agency, had been hacked in recent days and implied foreign outlets were behind it.
“Isn’t it a cyber war of the media with an independent government?” Qashqavi said. “They ask people to use the DOS (denial of service) system to hack our Web sites.” (H/T – CNN)
Ya know, President Obama keeps saying that he won’t condemn the Iranian elections because he doesn’t want to seem as “meddling” in their affairs. Well, since he is being accused of it now anyway, maybe he should grow a pair and say what everyone in the world is thinking: The Iranian election was rigged, and the continuing denials of that fact are laughable.