Thursday, December 22, 2005

IRAQI ELECTION CRISIS DEEPENING

Publius Pundit has a good wrap up HERE and HERE.
(See my previous post here and related here)
  • It looks to me like the vote counting is malleable as far as it needs to be, defying months of polling and analysis that marked up to a 50% decrease in the power of the UIA. Four parties left the UIA, more secular and and liberal and cross-confessional parties with popular leaders opened up, Sunni parties joined the race, and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani didn’t endorse the UIA as it did last time. While everyone expected the UIA to have the most votes when compared to every other party, many reports saw their support dropping by up to half. So, what the hell is going on?

  • Omar updates us with further information on the betrayal by the election commission. This is a must read.

  • Sunnis and secular parties are uniting in calling out the blatant fraud carried out by the Election Commission.

  • Do you see where I’m going with this? The difference between “democratic politics” in Iraq right now and politics in real liberal democracies is that, in the latter, the groups in government are working toward the betterment of the whole country. In Iraq, however, it is becoming more and more apparent that those in government are only working to satisfy the demands of their tribes or regions.

She isn't correct completely here. Regionalism (States), central and local power were a big part of the US Constitution and a big test during George Washington's (Whisky Rebellion) early Presidency. People forget how risky and amazing the Union of this country was.

  • The problem is that voter fraud is blatantly apparent and skewed toward the ruling parties. What is happening now is not anger at losing the elections, its anger at participating in a political process they thought would be transparent and fair but isn’t. They are losing faith in the country’s democratic institutions that are being built. What good is an Election Commission that doesn’t do its job right? If they lose faith in the institutions, there will be no way to bring them peacefully into the political process, and everything will be for naught.

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