Mexico ’06 v. Iran ’09

Remember Mexico?  Obrador and Calderon?  Accusations of election fraud?  Here’s what the NYTimes had to say back when the US’s main man Calderon was declaring victory, and the “independent” Mexican electoral tribunal charged with investigating allegations of fraud declared that everything was cool:

““[I]t is time […] to end the protests and pledge to respect the tribunal’s final decision.

As Obradon pointed out at the time,

Regularly, in Mexico’s history, authoritarian regimes go abroad to look for legitimacy. What they don’t get here, with popular support, they try to make up for beseeching it abroad.  It’s a practice that spans from Victoriano Huerta to Carlos Salinas de Gortari.  And now, they want to do the same.  They claim that they are promoters of ‘modernity’ and ’globalism’ — and follow the same script followed by every authoritarian and anti-democratic regime in Mexico’s history.  They think that if they get a stamp of approval, the ’OK’, abroad, then they can become legitimate in Mexico.

And he concluded:

But in Mexico… and let this be crystal clear… in Mexico, we do not accept — we do not accept an [sic] usurpation.  We do not accept a spurious president.  We do not accept that patsy — Calderón.  Let this be very clear!

The Times editorial page today, on Iran:

Looking at the courage of the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets, one can only feel admiration and anxiety for their safety.

Let this be a lesson to you.  Protests against sworn enemies, good.  Protests against American allies, bad.


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