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Planet earth doesn’t possess a launderette big enough to wash modern−day Iran’s stockpile of dirty laundry, nor a closet large enough to hide its skeletons.

The human torment is amplified by outcries of a rigged presidential election and the state−sanctioned fox hunt of protestors who, for the first time in 30 years, are challenging their barbaric regime. About time.

At press time, close to 20 people have been, reportedly, killed in a torrent of rallies since patsy incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared a landslide victory, June 13, prompting a state crackdown on reformists and the national press, and a warning to the international media to butt out of Iran’s domestic nest of vipers.

According to Iran Daily, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 62.6 percent of the 39.16 million votes cast, and main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi garnered close to 33 percent while the other two candidates, Mohsen Rezaei and Mehdi Karroubi, took 1.7 and 0.85 percent, respectively.

Understandably, the oppressed masses cannot fathom how a one−watt tyrant and executioner of children could win a democratic election without cheating.

Nor, probably, can the Human Rights Watch and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, which assess in a September 2008 report: “Under the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, basic human rights protection in Iran has deteriorated to new lows.”

The report, “Iran Rights Crisis Escalates: Faces and Cases from Ahmadinejad’s Crackdown,” cites that persecution of civil rights defenders has “intensified,” that “determination” to kill juvenile offenders “in such large numbers” has earned Iran “a medal of shame” and that executions have soared to almost 300 percent, with 29 people hanged during a single day in July 2008.

Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei – his predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – can all take credit for Iran’s stinking public record, a rotting resume of terror and tyranny, which hasn’t missed a heartbeat under the new presidential term.

Thirty years of domination has exacted a heavy toll on the majority of Iranians who, clearly, can no longer submit to the whims of autocratic, misogynist, barbaric, sexually−frustrated mullahs and their puppet presidents, who masquerade as democrats.

By virtue of their contradictions, democracies and theocracies cannot co−exist in harmony, and nowhere is it better represented and witnessed than in the Muslim world, where even ‘moderate’ nations engage in gross human rights violations.

The jubilance over Lebanon’s May 29 parliamentary elections – the first ‘democratic’ elections there since 1976 – is premature because civil abuses, such as torture, political detainment, child labor, internal terrorism and smothered free speech, abound in that Muslim majority nation, which is also not spared by the Human Rights Watch: “For too long, Lebanon has enacted legislative reforms on paper without any follow through,” notes the civic watchdog group.

Iran’s bedlam is proof enough that the tide is turning for hardline pro−Islamist thug−doms with, ultimately, nowhere to pound their iron fists but in the sand.

More importantly, it is irrefutable evidence that even Muslims are sick of problematic Muslims.

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