Twitter remains important link to Iran

Since the Iranian government has tossed all outside reporters post election, the news of the day comes through social networks. Twitter is picking up a strong share of the action.

In fact, the U. S. State Department made a special request to Twitter to delay a planned maintenance shutdown.

The State Department official told reporters on the condition of anonymity that the Twitter service was a key form of communication after Tehran shut down websites, mobile phones and newspapers during the protests.

The department has also warned the social networking sites to be prepared for interference in their operations.

Iran is quickly becoming an interesting conundrum. On the one hand, the election seems unclean. But on the other, would it really matter if you are electing a 2nd or 3rd tier player? After all, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei remains the country’s supreme leader.

Iran has done a magnificent job of spinning the public’s perception of that country. By putting a “president” out front for public relations, the country has gained an appearance of democracy. Heck, Rick Steves even has a new travel video for the country.

This week’s election and demonstrations have dashed any such illusion of a democratic and modern country.

Darn good timing, too. America, particularly as led by our own President, was being sucked into the vortex of lies the country proffered. Maybe the foreign policy regarding Iran will become a little more clear in the future.