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February 6, 2005

As Justin Raimondo says the Bush administration can:

...rightly claim success in creating, if only for a day, the security conditions that made the election possible. But they can't keep Iraq in lockdown forever. After the three-day lockdown, the roads will be opened, the border controls will be relaxed, the insurgency will continue to take its deadly toll – and the momentum for a political settlement will begin.

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Steve Bell,Iraqi Democracy,

The winner looks to be Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani's coalition slate(United Iraqi Alliance), as it is out-polling the slate put forward by Iyad Allawi, the interim Prime Minister, by three votes to one. A secular democracy is not about to be formed in Iraq. The theocrats of Iran, not the neo-conservatives of Washington, now appear to hold the keys to Iraq's future. Iran is being increasingly targeted by the Bush Administration.

The other side of spreading democracy to the dark regions. I guess something similar to this is probably what happened to Mamdouh Habib.

So how much power will the new National Assembly have? Will it be able to establish its legitimacy outside of the parameters set by the US occupation authorities? That is doubtful since Bush said in his SOU speech that US troops would not be tied to a timetable, even if asked to provide one by the new political leaders in Baghdad.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:54 PM | | Comments (0)
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