Iraqi Elections Thread

I was remiss in my blogging duties today, but I proomoted a few dairies below. I'll be back tomorrow. For now, use this thread to talk about the Iraqi elections.

It already sounds pretty rough.

Tags: Foreign Elections (all tags)

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Re: Iraqi Election
Congratulations to the Iraqi's on their successful elections, so far, it's only 1pm in Iraq when I write this.  I stayed up watching with wide eyes, it's always a joy to see people go to the polls and cast their vote and I got the same warm glow watching it happen in Iraq as I do each time I myself vote.  And I don't have to worry about getting blown up to vote!  Democracy is a wonderful thing and it is wonderful to see the Iraqi people embracing it.  Obviously there are a lot of troubles, but it's starting to look like pretty wide participation.
by Purple Foxglove 2005-01-30 12:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Iraqi Election
Sure, can't wait to see how the fundamental theocracy operates.
by Jerome Armstrong 2005-01-30 06:31AM | 0 recs
Potemkin election
Okay, so I know the whole Potemkin village thing is largely mythical, but as a metaphor it fits here. It is wonderful to see so many Iraqis willing to embrace the notion of democracy, but an election does not a democracy make. There has been so much attention given to the election process-- and the constant threat of violence hanging over it in some places-- that virtually no attention has been given to what the outcome could mean. Who are the candidates? Have they all been vetted by the Bush administration and their puppets in the Iraqi provisional government? If the newly elected candidates-- ostensibly the representatives of Iraqi people-- voice their desire to have the U.S. pull most or all of it's troops out of Iraq, will their 'sovereignty' be respected? Here in the U.S. we've had two successive presidential elections marred by the scandal of corruption and vote theft. Beneath that ugly face lay the putrifying flesh of the two-party system. Since we have all either tacitly or eagerly accepted the results of those corrupted elections, what does that say about our own commitment to democracy? I submit that we are more enamored of the artifice than we are of the substance. The Iraqi elections are a sham, and the cruelest part of the prank is that many Iraqis are risking their lives to participate in it. Regardless of what anonymous candidates win office, the U.S. will still have over 100,000 troops stationed in permanent bases around Iraq. The U.S. will still have the largest embassy in it's history (currently headed by John "Batallion 3-16" Negroponte) in place. If the massive corruption that has already been evident in the contracting of 'reconstruction' work is any indication, then the outward flow of Iraqi resources (into the coffers of politically connected U.S. multinationals) will continue. Iraq will be a U.S. puppet, and a massive oil kleptocracy to boot. The insurgents are fighting against this enslavement of their country. Unfortunately for most Iraqis, what many (if not most) of the insurgents are fighting for won't be much better. However, this could likely have all been avoided if the Bush administration's true intent had been the welfare of the Iraqi people, and not the enrichment of it's friends and the appeasement of it's own resident neocon imperialists.
by The Church Secretary 2005-01-30 03:39AM | 0 recs

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