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Well, it's a bit like having an UK election with most Labour candidates disqualified from standing......

...err, well actually, I don't think that's necessarily an entirely bad idea....

Suffice to say that the election is probably a fair one in terms of process, but not in terms of candidate pre-qualification, where few "Reformists" survived (not literally...) the "conservative" dominated vetting process.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:22:03 PM EST
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Pre-screened, so to speak, eh? So then it isn't truly representative. Oh well, I had hopes...naive of me, perhaps.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:34:19 PM EST
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The conservative elements have been strengthened, as far as I can tell, by the hard-line policies of the US and allies. It's much harder to argue with someone who says that the "West" wants to destroy Iran when they're moving forces around on your border and imposing sanctions ...
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 12:36:48 PM EST
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