Monday, February 21, 2005

Sham Elections Update/Iran In The Crosshairs

Scott Ritter says (implying this is the stuff of an upcoming Seymour Hersch article) that the US cooked Iraqi elections results to get the UIA vote below 50% (and, I suppose, to get participation up). Of course, the UIA already 'cooked' the results with Badr Corps manning polling stations (shades of Germany 1933).

UPDATE 25/02: Juan Cole reports of similar rumours in the Iraqi press. (And he drinks the kool aid when commenting on it; beyond the fact that most election results falsibication methods have their limits, it is entirely possible that either a) the American vote count manipulators were just clueless about the fact that due to 'lost votes' for minor parties that weren't enough for even one representative, even in a proportional voting system the bigger parties' share of seats in parliament is greater than their percentage of votes; or b) they counted on Chalabi as agent saboteur. And why he thinks post-Baathist, secular Allawi's voters were all Shi'a is beyond me.)

Scott Ritter also says that Bush already signed the plan of a June 2005 bombing raid on Iran... and the situation reminds of 2002 and the run-up to the Iraq war also in how much the Bush admin tries to foil European efforts here, something that is apparent in DER SPIEGEL's English-language article on Bush's visit to Europe.

Protest on 19/20 March!


At 3:23 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

I surmised (and blogged) the same thing. The cover story (300 confusing ballot boxes) simply didn't wash. They had a bad result. No matter what the result would have been, a little "vote-washing" would have been in order. In this case, the best they thought they might do was 'UIA <50%'

I'm confused. The US simply doesn't have the spare troops for a June Iran invasion.

At 3:24 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

Ritter rocks.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger DoDo said...

They won't invade in June; they consider a Desert Fox-style operation - which reminds me of... Powell's disgusting interview recently. Most people quoted it for saying explicit that he wanted more troops, yet it is mostly loaded with excuses for the Iraq war - among them, he reaches back to Clinton's own use of WMD as an excuse for a failed regime change attempt to 'prove' that WMD was really an issue...

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At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that Iraq/Badr Corps is compared to Germany 1933... We might want to look at our own actions in the Middle East, as well as our ally's actions, and then compare the U.S. to Germany in 1933.

If we take a look at our support for undemocratic regimes, with an emphasis on current history in the Middle East, we should see the hypocrisy of the U.S. "spreading democracy." We were an ally of Iran. For example: after the 1953 overthrow of democractically elected leader Mossadegh, we installed the Shah to power.

We also have supported Saddam Hussein and his invasion of Iran in 1980, which ended up killing about a million people, and he used WMD, largely supplied by the West.

We should also remember our continued support for Saudi Arabia, a non-democratic country in the extreme. The list goes on and on.

The line that there was a history of the Bush Doctrine is true. Clinton has responsibility for continued Iraqi sanctions that, in total, killed thousands of children. The sanctions were so bad that it led U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq Denis Halliday, and his replacement Hans von Sponeck, to resign.

We can also discuss Mubarak, King Hussein of Jordan, Israel, and others if we want to look our record in the Middle East.

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