Some weeks ago, Iranians made sure women were not allowed to run for President in Iran. They twisted their Constitution until it was clear that no female contender would be allowed to run as a leader.
However, today the web is flooded with images of female voters ready to cast their votes in the Iranian Presidential elections. Which means that it is ok for Iranian women to elect but it is wrong to get elected.
There was this afternoon in Geneva in Place des Nations somewhere right after the Persian Awakening – the bloody Iranian civil revolts that took place in 2009 in the wake of the Presidential elections. Four years ago, the Iranian people were questioning the manipulated elections that placed Ahmadinejad as a winner.
I remember Ahmadinejad was welcomed at the UN with all due honors some weeks after his election and in full Iranian civil bloodshed. No one even dared to talk about what was afterwards labelled the Persian Awakening.
I noticed there is always a difficulty in diplomatic environments to call a spade a spade: to acknowledge evil and abuse as it unfolds. They are really good at filing reports afterwards but not at the time the abuse is committed.