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  • Sunday, January 30, 2005

    "What a bloody charade"

    This is a good article:

    Right up to the election hour, US jets were continuing to bomb "terrorist targets", the latest in the city of Ramadi, which - although US President George Bush and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair do not say so - is now in the hands of the insurgents as surely as Fallujah was before the Americans destroyed it. Every month since Allawi, the former CIA agent, was appointed premier, American air strikes on Iraq have been increasing exponentially. There are no "embedded" reporters on the giant American air base at Qatar or aboard the US carriers in the Gulf from which these ever increasing and ever more lethal sorties are being flown. They go unrecorded, unreported, part of the "fantasy" war which is all too real to the victims but hidden from us journalists.
    Now they are attacking "foreign terrorist targets" or "anti-Iraqi forces": I especially like this one, since the foreigners involved in this violence happen in reality to be Americans who are mostly attacking Iraqis. Yes, I know how it's all going to be played out. Iraqis bravely vote despite the bloodcurdling threats of the enemies of democracy. At last, the US and British policies have reached fruition. A real and functioning democracy will be in place so the occupiers can leave soon. Or next year. Or in a decade or so. Merely to hold these elections - an act of folly in the eyes of so many Iraqis - will be a "success". The Shi'as will vote en masse, the Sunnis will largely abstain. Shi'a Muslim power will be enshrined for the first time in an Arab country. And then the manipulation will begin and the claims of fraud and the admissions that the elections might be "flawed" in some areas. But we'll go on saying "democracy" and "freedom" over and over again, the insurgency will continue and grow more violent, and the Iraqis will go on dying. But there will be democracy in Iraq.
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    At 1/30/2005 07:45:00 pm, Blogger toro said...

    Perfect elections happen in social scientists' dreams -- this is a real one, it will be imperfect, but it will be more than the Iraqi people have had in a long time.

    At 1/30/2005 08:00:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    They certainly don't exist in the U.S.

    At 1/31/2005 10:02:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Its difficult for me to understand the mind of a LEFTIST. They assert that the election will be less than valid by citing a lack of SUNNI participation.. If white South Africans had refused to participate in that nation's first-ever free elections back in 1994, nobody on earth would have argued that their lack of participation invalidated the election results.

    At 1/31/2005 04:43:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Comparing the Sunni-Shia situation in Iraq to the Black-White situation in South Africa demostrates nothing but your ignorance.


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