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Iran Is Not a Democracy

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Since the nuclear agreement with Iran, much of the international community and media seem to think that the Islamic Republic is no longer a threat. Some even claim that with its next elections, Iran will be a democracy. That, writes Michael J. Totten, is not the case:

Let’s leave aside the blatant vote-stealing in Iran’s 2009 presidential election, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in districts that opposed him as overwhelmingly as San Francisco opposes Dick Cheney. Nevermind that disgraceful episode.

Elections in Iran are rigged even when they aren’t rigged.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hand-picks everybody who runs for president. Moderates are rejected routinely. Only the less-moderate of the moderates—the ones who won’t give Khamenei excessive heartburn if they win—are allowed to run at all.

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