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Iraq: elections « Previous | |Next »
January 11, 2005

A background article on the flaws of the Bremer plan for the elections.

Riverbend over at Baghdad Burning says:

The elections are set for the 29th...We're being bombarded with cute Iraqi commercials of happy Iraqi families preparing to vote. Signs and billboards remind us that the elections are getting closer...

Can you just imagine what our history books are going to look like 20 years from now?

"The first democratic elections were held in Iraq on January 29, 2005 under the ever-watchful collective eye of the occupation forces, headed by the United States of America. Troops in tanks watched as swarms of warm, fuzzy Iraqis headed for the ballot boxes to select one of the American-approved candidates..."

It won't look good.

Mike Thompson
The alternative to elections could be chaos, given the drum beat of violence.

Could the Iraqi elections, rather than turning out to be a promising turning point, have the potential for deepening the conflict?

It increasingly looks that way with the increasing likelihood of a Sunni Arab boycott of the elections.

Bob Herbert's judgement is that America is locked in a war that's going badly with the military strained to breaking point.

Is the imperial power looking like a lame duck?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)