(T)oday, Mashideh and Zeinab, both 22, will pledge their allegiance to the cause of Islamic traditionalism, by voting for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran who is the dark-horse contender in the presidential run-off. Originally written off as a presidential no-hoper because of his strong religious orthodoxy, Mr Ahmadinejad has ridden an unexpected swell of support for hardline Islamic values."Doesn't sound so good, I hear you say? Ah - but get this bit:
"While supporters of his more reform-minded rival, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, played the Beatles' Let It Be in fealty to his campaign hopes last week, Mashideh and Zeinab frown upon even the most mild- mannered rock music.Yes, that's his name - and if you're saying he's in league with Satan, you'll get no argument from me. And it's worse for them than having to put up with the odd unsettling appearance of the eye-browed one on the telly:
"We believe that some music can destroy your ability to make decisions," said Zeinab. "Jazz, rock music, like that man, what is his name, Chris de Burgh?"
"de Burgh is omnipresent in Iran these days, blaring out the fast-food and internet cafes. But if Mr Ahmadinejad gets in, many Iranians fear he may disappear for good".If that isn't a good enough reason to vote for Ahmadinejad, I don't know what is. His other policies are, of course, dodgy in the extreme so I think, in the spirit of international peace and co-operation, we should persuade the Irish government to have de Burgh killed - in public and very slowly...