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

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 22:12:58 EST

This is not a joke.   It is not the Onion.  It is not a  joke.  But I've lost 
my appetite for supper.
 
 
<<Bush, Blair nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Two of the architects of the Iraq war, United States  President George W Bush 
and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, are among  nominees for the 2004 Nobel 
Peace Prize.>>
 
_http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1035353.htm_ 
(http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1035353.htm) 
 
 
Julie Krueger
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Subj: [lit-ideas] Re: The winner has already been selected?  Date: 12/2/04 
8:38:02 PM Central Standard Time  From: _phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
(mailto:phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx)   To: _lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
(mailto:lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx)   Sent on:    
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.


Sincerely,

Phil Enns
Toronto,  ON

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