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November 29, 2003


The imperial president flying into Baghdad at a Thanksgiving dinner with the troops was little more than a public relations stunt to shoot some campaign footage.There was not even enough time to eat meet some ordinary Iraqi's.

It would have more meaning if Bush had delivered a speech about real democracy for Iraq and praised the traditionalist Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani for emphasising the importance of democratic elections in the creation of a sovereign Iraqi government. As Abu Aardvake says in relation to Ayatollah Ali Sistani's call for a democratic Iraq:

"I'll say it again - nothing else is going to work, if the goal is to create a legitimate Iraqi government that can command popular support. Or, for that matter, if the goal is to spread democratic values, as Bush says. The US should be thanking its lucky stars that Sistani is being so obstinate - this could be a really dramatic example of the US being saved from itself."

The imperial President sneaks in and out. How ironic. According to the media spin from the White House, the script was otherwise. The Iraqi people would welcome him with garlands and dancing in the street. They would regard him as the great liberator; the one who had liberated them from an oppressive dictator. Juan Cole spells out the details of the script.
A good article on Sistani's call for demcoratic elections can be found here

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:58 AM | | Comments (0)