[lit-ideas] Re: The winner has already been selected?

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 21:36:12 -0500

Re. Bush's refusal to delay Iraqi elections, Andreas Ramos wrote:

"The Iraqi want to postpone their election, but guess who decides? Has
he already picked the winner?"

This is, of course, the typical conspiracy nonsense one expects.  It
isn't surprising that there are Iraqi politicians, in particular Sunni
politicians, who want to delay the elections.  On the one hand, the
terrorists who are blowing up Iraqi civilians and slaughtering Iraqi
policemen see the politicians as collaborators and are threatening to
kill them.  On the other hand, the politicians have pandered to these
terrorists and are therefore closely identified with them, making the
politicians unappealing to the general population.  All along the charge
has been that the Bush administration would delay elections so that they
could control the oil resources for as long as possible.  All along the
Iraqis have insisted that the elections be held as soon as possible.  It
is difficult to see how the Bush administration could have done a worse
job in Iraq, but on this insistence that the elections be held in
January, they have got it right.  Hand the keys over to the Iraqis, move
the troops out of the cities and into the countryside, and let the
Iraqis take responsibility for their country.  The coalition forces
should only be there to make targeted raids on the terrorists, not as
security for the country.


Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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