Thank goodness Iraq is holding their parliamentary election this Thursday (December 15). Then everything will be okay.
I would suggest that the US was going to rig the election to get its supporters into the legislature, but the US seems currently unable to control anything outside of their fortified compounds in Baghdad, so manipulating an entire national election seems outside their capabilities for now.
It looks like this election, which will elect members of the new Iraqi parliament, will go much as the spring elections went– with Iraq largely becoming a Shi’ite theocracy. I can’t wrap my head around the idea of voting to have religious restrictions put upon your thoughts and actions, but there you go.
Possibly most relevant to the future of Iraq is this “pact of honor” signed by many of the major political players in Iraq right now. It has 14 demands, including that the US draw up a timetable for withdrawal, that the occupying troops lose their legal immunity, that Iraq refuse to establish relations with Israel, and to put the breaks on the whole “federalism” idea in Iraq.
While it’s possible that this document is just a gimmick to drum up sympathetic votes, it seems to me that this is the barrel that the US is staring down. How can Bush keep talking about democracy and not pulling out when the Iraqi voters have elected for the US to get out? Not sure how that one’s gonna work out.
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