Sunday, February 28, 2010
Can and Should Democracy be Advanced in Iran?
"Iran is a Religious Republic. Which means that a Religious board determines whether a candidate is acceptable to [Allah] and Scripture.
Those candidates who have passed the Religious test are allowed to run as president.
The people then are allowed to vote for the candidate of their choice.
It is not a true democracy.
Though the United States is not a true democracy either.
The Electoral College (an unelected entity) actually makes the choice for the American people. The Electoral College choice usually mirrors the popular vote results. Except in the 2000 Election, where Gore won the popular vote but the Electoral College chose Bush." Yahoo message board
"No they are not democracy, they are a theocracy.
They have a president yes, but the president doesn't control anything, the "majesty" does or who ever he is." Yahoo message board
There is a semblance of democracy in Iran, in the sense that the Iranian people are allowed to vote for the Presidential candidates who pass the Iranian religious test.
There is no proof that the Iranian elections are rigged. There are only accusations from the US and other governments, but the US is not in an unbiased position. Moreover, the US government has a track record of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, such as Venezuela, and blatantly in the unsuccessful coup attempt of the Venezuelan government in 2002.
If the Iranians want a Theocracy or Religious Republic, then that is their choice.
Are the US and Israeli governments interfering in Iran, by supporting the Iranian Pro-Democracy Movement? Can and should democracy be advanced in Iran by externally influencing the Iranian people? Is foreign democracy promotion in Iran a means to an end, or an end-in-itself?