Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Vote or Die

The Smirking Chimp claims that Iraqis were required to vote in order to obtain their food ration. I don't know if that's true, but it wouldn't surprise me.

I think the Republicans stole the 2000 US election, I don't think they'd take even a moment's pause before rigging Iraq's election.

Sami Ramadani, an Iraqi exile, provides some historical perspective on voting during US occupations by drawing parallels between voting in Vietnam in 1967 and the Iraq vote last Sunday.

On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an upbeat story on presidential elections held by the South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the Vietnam war. Under the heading "US encouraged by Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite Vietcong terror", the paper reported that the Americans had been "surprised and heartened" by the size of the turnout "despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting". A successful election, it went on, "has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam". The echoes of this weekend's propaganda about Iraq's elections are so close as to be uncanny....

I really hope that a stable gov't can be established in Iraq. As much as I dislike Bush and company, they are going to be with us for the next several years, and I wish them luck.

Zwichenzug suggested that other day that the Bushies are getting ready to bomb Iran. I hope they aren't foolish enough to bomb Iran because that would definitely louse things up in the Middle East.

But that's the unfortunate thing about hubris, hubris knows no bounds.

Note: This is cross-posted at the Bellman.

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