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  • Saturday, January 29, 2005

    US troops intimidating Iraqis to vote

    Apparently, US troops are intimidating Iraqis into voting. According to this article, the US military is engaged in a campaign to conduct hosue searches as well as inform Iraqis that they "should go out to vote":

    Heavily-armed troops jump out and begin searching homes as loudspeakers blast in Arabic: "On Sunday you should go out to vote. Vote to give freedom to Iraq. Vote to save Iraq." A soldier hands out fliers to a group of untidy children. In the heartland of Iraq's insurgency, American soldiers are trying to combine fighting with getting out the vote. It's tough on both fronts. Several leading Sunni Arab parties are boycotting the poll and Islamist militants have threatened to kill anybody who casts a ballot. It is too dangerous for election workers to hit the streets. Suddenly, the whistle of a grenade pierces the air and a loud explosion shakes the ground. The soldiers fire back before returning to their armored vehicles and the convoy speeds away.
    Hardly "freedom and democracy" in action. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

    6 Comments:

    At 1/30/2005 03:40:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey i believe Saddam got 99.9% of the vote in the last election....i suppose you would prefer that vote to this one? certainly that could no worse than the "rogue regime", right?

     
    At 1/30/2005 04:20:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    As i've stated in another post, I believe in a real democracy, with "free and fair" elections, these elections cannot be free and fair with intimidation and bribery.

     
    At 1/30/2005 04:35:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    what rock did you crawl out of exactly?

    72% is a pretty darned good start I would say...did 72% of your country participate in your last election? i can tell you that it was no where near that high in America in the last election. i guess we bribed and intimidated all 72% of those people?

    you are on the wrong side of this argument brother...you know it but can't admit it!

     
    At 1/30/2005 04:51:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    You continually ignore legitimate points, free and fair does not mean intimidation and bribery, although I could understand why someone like yourself may believe the opposite to be the case.

     
    At 1/30/2005 05:57:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow! Non sequitur time! He doesn't like people people being intimidated into voting ergo he supports Saddam's intimidating people into voting? With logic like that, you are going to convince yourself that red is green and get killed at the next intersection.

     
    At 2/03/2005 01:25:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Perhaps he can tell us all about the type of "freedom and democracy" he believes in for Nepal?

     

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