Sky Wrote the following on 01/25/2005 2:41 PM : Well, duh! The Iraqis will be going to the polls and voting for a slate of candiates that most of them have never heard of and many of their identities are being kept secret so that there will be no assasination attempts. The voters, as the plan goes now, will be voting for anonymous candidates. Some of the candidates are only now beginning to get access to Iraqi media to discuss their platforms. The election is five days away! The UN elections commission devised way the interim parliament (yes, this government too will be interim) will be structured and how the people will vote, not because it's the best system, but because it is simple. It's the best they could come up with in the short amount of time they had for the task. They tried to get the US to postpone the election, but were told the election would not be postponed for any reason. The whole thing is a circus and an ego stretch for the Bush admin.
I wonder what the US's postition will be if, while drawing up their new consitution, the Iraqis reject an American-style democratic republic for something along the lines of a socialist democracy? After all, Dubya has told us that he is the champion of freedom and liberty and our goal is to make the Iraqis a free people. What if they freely choose something other than us?
Nony Wrote the following on 01/25/2005 2:49 PM : What if they freely choose something other than us? Good question, how can they choose feely with our army breathing down their necks.
Sky Wrote the following on 01/25/2005 4:16 PM : Excellent point. But let's imagine that the elections go off and thenew parliament gets to work on that new constitution. Meanwhile, Bush, Inc. will be crowing to the world that the parliament is the legitimate government of Iraq. The cause of freedom and liberty have been served! They elect their prime minister and presidental commission, juuuuust like the US wants. Then they very, very publicly declare: "OK. You've 'liberated' us. We're free and governing ourselves. Your job is finished; we'll take it from here. Our embassador will contact you when we're ready." Now get the fuck off our soil and never come back." What is the US going to do? Refuse to go? Suddenly start spouting that the new Iraqi government is illegitimate? Of course, they can't without completely destroying what is left of American credibility in the world. Or is this Bush's secret "exit strategy?" Someone will plung in here and say "but wait just a damned minute! The Iraqis owe is for the hundreds of billions of $$ and the American lives lost in 'your' cause!" Correction: they don't owe us a damned thing. They never asked us to do what we did. Besides, the Saddam regime no longer exists, so we can't collect from them. Are we just in asking the Iraqi people to pay reparations for the dictator we overthrew?
Nony Wrote the following on 01/25/2005 4:28 PM : Actually would it not be wonderfull if it really happened like that! They truly become a democracy in their own right and demand us to leave. Made my day(dream) there Sky. Thank you very very much.