The AFP reports:

A member of the political bureau of Hezbollah Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, told AFP on Saturday that during the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic Republic has succeeded, “once again the test of democracy” .

Abu Zeinab said that the party was “pleased with the choice of democracy and the Iranian people.” “Iran has proved its democracy, and succeeded time and again in the test of democracy.”

A Hezbollah official said that the Iranian elections are proof that ” democracy is a fundamental part of its system and is rooted in it.” And whether Ahmadinejad’s victory means Iran’s refusal to change its policies; Abu Zeinab said, “There are fixed lines in Iran. The revolutionary Iran is Iran, and therefore, the elections were not the constants. ”

“We understand that the nature of Iran and we are well aware of Iran’s strategic position that does not change, even if the President elected was other than Ahmadinejad.”

Abu Zeinab is quite correct. The election in Iran were quite symbolic. And I have yet to hear even ONE explanation of why anybody in power in Iran would have bothered stealing them. You can trust Hezbollah, who know Iran better than anybody else, if Mousavi would have been elected nothing of substance would have changed.

So whom do you turst – Hezbollah or Western pundits?

In the meantime, here is what Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wrote to President Ahmadinejad:

“Bless you this precious public confidence and this great love expressed by the Iranian people through re-elcting you for a second term,” Nasrallah told Ahmadinejad in a letter.

“I assure you that your re-election represents a great hope for all the oppressed people, the Mujahideen, the fighters, the resistance and those who reject superpowers and occupiers”

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