How Western Ideological Dogmas about Elections in Iran Collapsed?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mahdi Mohammadi
Expert on Strategic Issues

Regardless of how the results of Iran's recent presidential election on June 14 have been understood by the West – noting that the West’s understanding of Iran election has not been finalized yet and is still in the offing –, there is no doubt that the result of the election has posed a serious challenge to the West’s ideological dogmas and has proven them incorrect.

Such dogmatic principles are sometimes the product of incorrect, and of course accumulated, notions that the West has about Iran's domestic environment. As a result of this process and in the course of a long time, a collection of dogmatic and ideological principles have been piled up in the minds of Western officials and analysts about Iran. Of course, they are actually the product of psychological war rooms run by the Western intelligence services whose main duty is to mar the image of Iran and Iranians among the international community.

By and by, the Western countries have come to believe in the lies which they have already forged to be fed to international community as part of the West’s psychological operations against Iran. The collection of those lies has given birth to a series of dogmatic ideological principles which can be considered as the West’s ideological charter on Iran.

Another part of those dogmas, of course, is not the direct product of the Western think tanks, but stems from advisory views that anti-Iran political currents provide as consultants to Western intelligence services and politicians about internal affairs of the Islamic Republic. During the entire period that has passed since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the West has been facing a major problem with regard to this country. It has either not have any direct access to what has been happening inside Iran, or when that access has been partially established, it has been provided through a bunch of fugitive anti-revolutionary elements that were based in the Western countries and commentated on Iran's events and developments therefrom. But even those elements did not have a correct understanding of the post-revolution Iranian society, nor were they bestowed with the minimum degree of knowledge, impartiality, and fairness which is needed to analyze issues related to Iran.

The end result of the combination of these two factors, namely, incorrect understanding of Iran's internal issues by the West, and exacerbation of that incorrect understanding by anti-revolutionary elements has plagued the Western countries with the basic problem of being unable to correctly predict developments in Iran and also being incapable of analyzing what is going on in Iran in a correct manner.

The presidential election in Iran which was held on June 14, 2013, has shed more light on this problem. As a result of this revelation, even some analytical circles in the West have been complaining about why the United States seems to be always wrong about domestic developments in Iran.

The first dogma that the Western countries held about Iran, whose wrongness has been already proven in the recent presidential election, was that Iran’s government would certainly engineer the election and there is no such thing as free election in Iran. Let’s not forget that before the election, “free election” was the main keyword used by the Western circles and anti-revolutionary elements when referring to elections in Iran. However, the real election held on June 14, has totally buried that dogma. The election proved beyond any doubt that as far as Iranian laws permit, the Islamic establishment will do its utmost to pave the way for the presence of all kinds of political views in the election and even welcomes those who have problems with the government to go to the ballot boxes. In addition, if a political faction is actually able to win the polls, the Iranian government will have no problem for announcing the election result in favor of the winner. The only thing which is unacceptable to the government is lawlessness and making any effort to undermine the result of the people’s votes.

The second dogma that the Western countries had come to believe due to its frequent repetition in the Western analytical reports was that the Iranian people would not go to the ballot boxes in the presidential polls. Even if they did, the Western analysts argued, the Iranian government would not give in to the result of their election and, subsequently, a security atmosphere would govern the Iranian society. However, a voter turnout of over 70 percent despite the fact that two heavyweight hopefuls – the former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s close aide, Esfandiyar Rahim Mashaei – had been disqualified by the Guardian Council, as well as the government’s protection of 300,000 more votes that Hassan Rouhani had won, to prevent the election from going to a runoff, proved that the above dogma has been nothing but a cheap lie.

There was also a third dogma according to which the Western analysts firmly believed that the Iranian people are distancing from the government because they have reached the conclusion that their votes will have no impact on the country’s political developments. Therefore, they had no more motivation to take part in any election. The presidential election on June 14, however, proved that what the Western analysts know about the Iranian people is even less than what they know about the country’s government. What happened in reality proved the profound faith of the Iranian people in the effectiveness of their votes. Otherwise, why should about two-thirds of the eligible voters take part in an election which, as the Western analysts claimed, was being held under predetermined conditions?

Now, all these dogmas have collapsed though there is no sign that the Western side is really going to think twice about them. One thing, however, is certain. The Iranian anti-revolutionary elements who were sure about holding of a rigged election and claimed that elections in Iran are not free, have certainly lost their past credit as trustworthy parties for analyzing the political developments in Iran.

Key Words: West, Ideological Dogmas, Iran, Presidential Election, Think Tanks, Anti-Revolutionary Elements, Mohammadi,

Source: Tasnim News Agency
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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