Iran's Democratic history
In 2008 5 5epresentatives of U.N. Security Council, met with Iran over concern if Iran's Nuclear program, though its unlikely Iran will take steps to reign in its nuclear program. The French Foreign Ministry release a statement that said "The meeting allowed the participants to review the current situation and to discuss the way ahead. … The six will pursue their consultations on next steps in the upcoming weeks," (19 ).
In 2009 a US military official said Iran has no weapons grade Uranium and has not made a decision to convert it. They said Iran only has only low-enriched uranium that would need to be converted ( 20 ).
Ahmadinejad in charge? not really
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an elected president with very limited powers within the theocracy. He doesn't control foreign policy either. His popularity is limited the young and poor of Iran are disappointed. To the reformist and pragmatic branches of his theocracy he is an embarrassment (21 ).
The president of the Iran's Islamic republic, was a member of the "Office for Strengthening Unity" during the Islamic revolution. He played a major role in the take over of the American embassy in Tehran, thus he commander in the Pasdaran, a feared clerical army made by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini their purpose as to be "shock troops" of the Islamic Republic. He job in this organization was as an instructor for the Basij, the regime's fanatical domestic militia, during the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. After was the governor of Ardebil province, (vigilante or "pressure" groups),he eventually became mayor of Tehran in 2003 (22 ).
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaimed himself the victor in his reelection bid. This victory was tarnished by charges of election fraud. The Whitehouse said it was concerned about "reports of irregularities." In Iran's electoral process (23 ).
A wave of dissent struck Iran. The regime struck back at the dissent with as much brutality as it could muster.
Iran's crackdown on dissent over it's presidential election was called a "human rights disaster," by Human Rights Watch . They said Iran staged hundreds of show trials of detained opposition protesters. Not since the Iranian Revolution (1979) has Iran seen this much strife. Thousands were jailed 80 were jailed for 15 years, five were sentenced to death (24 ).
Members of Iran's outlawed Bahai faith have been arrested in connection with the protested that stemmed from this election. Iranian prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said "They were arrested because they played a role in organising the Ashura protests and namely for having sent abroad pictures of the unrest," (25 ).