Friday, January 07, 2005

Allowed to vote

Bush: “The positive and incredibly amazing development, when you take a step back and look at history, is that Iraqi citizens will actually be allowed to vote.” Allowed. By an army of occupation. Bush says democracy in Iraq is “hard”--there’s that word again--because “there are a handful of folks who fear freedom.” A handful if you know someone with 200,000 fingers. He accused this handful of having “this dim vision of the world that says, if you do not agree with us, then you’re of no count.” Pot. Kettle. Black.

Remember two months ago when Shrub said that Iraqis would be eager to vote when they “realize that there’s a chance to vote on a president,” except of course that it’s not a presidential election? Well, he still doesn’t know what the elections are actually for: today he said, “Once the elections take place, we look forward to working with the newly constituted government to help train Iraqis as fast as possible so they can defend themselves.” The elections are for an assembly to write a constitution, not to constitute a government.

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