Human Flower Project
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Soft Power of Flowers
Who’ll prevail in Iran? Craig Cramer, looking at confrontations past, finds that flowers usually point toward victory. See Ellis Hollow for more of Craig’s insights and artistry.
Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Iranian presidential candidate Mirhossein Moussavi, at a June 9 rally in Tehran. Moussavi, who campaigned on broadening the rights of Iranian women, is challenging the official outcome of Friday’s election.
In case you missed it, there were elections in Iran on Friday and a coup d’état over the weekend. Popular challenger Mir Hossein Moussavi, who was Iran’s Prime Minister during the the bloody 8-year war with Iraq in the ‘80s, had strong support among the country’s youth and progressives. He had been expected to defeat incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – a Holocaust-denier.
But as Josef Stalin supposedly said: Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything. Some are saying they didn’t even bother to count in Iran. Ahmadinejad was declared the winner by a ridiculous 63 to 34 percent margin.