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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:01 AM
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More insight on Iraq's "Election Day"
Nurturing Iraq's Non-Election
By Robert Jensen and Pat Youngblood, AlterNet. Posted January 28, 2005.

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/21113 /

...But back to reality. Whatever the long-term plans of administration officials, the occupation of Iraq has, to put it mildly, not gone as they had hoped. But rather than abandon their goals, they have adapted tactics and rhetoric. Originally the United States proposed a complex caucus system to try to avoid elections and make it easier to control the selection of a government, but the Iraqis refused to accept that scheme. Eventually U.S. planners had to accept elections and now are attempting to turn the chaotic situation on the ground to their advantage.

Ironically, the instability and violence may boost the chances of the United States' favored candidate, U.S.-appointed interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. While most electoral slates are unable to campaign or even release their candidates' names because of the risk involved, Allawi can present himself as a symbol of strength, running an expensive television campaign while protected by security forces. He has access to firepower and reconstruction funds, which may prove appealing to many ordinary Iraqis who, understandably, want the electricity to flow and the kidnappings and violence to stop.

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