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McCain Abroad and Iran’s Rigged Vote

Sunday, March 16, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

John McCain is in Iraq and will visit Jordan, Britain, France, and Israel. The Washington Post notes about his stop in Jeruslaem:

McCain has relationships with every leader in Israel he plans to see, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and hawkish opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Barack Obama wants to meet with Iran’s Ahmadinejad and Venezuala’s Chavez. McCain meets with our allies.

It will be a very stark choice in November.

Headlines today and tomorrow will report, by the way, that Ahmadinejad’s allies “won the vote” in Iran’s parliamentary elections yesterday.

These elections were rigged, and should not be reported as “elections” any more than the old Soviet shows were elections. As the Los Angeles Times noted in the second paragraph of a story headlining “Iran vote favors Ahmadinejad camp”:

Reformists opposed to the president had stood little chance in Friday’s voting. Hundreds of their members, including high-profile candidates, had been removed from the ballot by the Guardian Council, a body of clerics and jurists that vets candidates for loyalty to the country’s Islamic system.

It is destructive of genuine democratic forces in the country to imply that Iran is holding free elections of any sort. The country is a brutal theocracy, plain and simple, one that is pursuing nuclear weapons. Where is the usually ubiquitous Jimmy Carter to pronounce on this mock election?

This election will again pit the serious versus the feckless, but in an even more vivid contrast than 2004. The idea of sending Barack Obama off to treat with the world’s thugs should send a shiver down the spines of all of America’s allies, but most especially Israel. John McCain, by contrast, is not a president that the enemies of freedom will assume will sit by passively as they attempt to either crush our friends or strike at the U.S.

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