Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Theocratic Democracy: An Oxymoron in Our Time

Iran's politics fascinate me. It might just be that I don't really understand how the system works and it is therefore interesting in its mystery. More likely, I think it's the apparent contradiction between the Governing Council of religious rulers and relatively democratic presidential elections (once the candidates are pre-screened). What kind of theocracy has term-limits? It's also of critical importance to the peace of the planet that current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is defeated and replaced by a more moderate, reform-minded leader. So, the withdrawal of former President Khatami in favour of another reform-minded candidate adds a new wrinkle to this story. Although it may be within a narrow range, there is a decision left to the people of Iran. I watch with interest and hope that they choose a candidate of peace.

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