A sampling of headlines about tomorrow’s elections in Iran seem pretty confused about what is happening tomorrow.
The (mostly) unchecked assumption that what is happening should be considered an election in the way, say, the Netherlands holding a vote should be considered an election, is patently absurd. Let’s not be so naive.
When you get into the meat they all aren’t so bad, and we should say that there are at least some headlines, sometimes in the same publications, that point out something serious and disturbing and true about what is happening. Take these examples:
Yes, we realize they call it an election. But let’s be real, what they are really talking about is the ruthless targeting of everyday Iranians who may not be onboard with the Iranian regime. That’s at least real-talk.