December 13, 2005

"Democratic" Elections Under Occupation is a Sham

by Lil Joe

Iraqi occupation moves toward its intended 'justification' by 'elections' to be held on Thursday. This is the final lie that the invasion was/is to 'institute democracy' (the other lies have already been exposed as lies as such -- viz. "Weapons of Mass Destruction with delivery systems capable of hitting Israel and Europe" and the so-called "Bin Laden connection" as well as lies regarding Iraq's ostensible "Nuclear weapons potential and deployment capacity".

It is this incredible propaganda qua 'nobility as motive' i.e. the Euro-centric acculturation racist saturated ideology of the so-called "White man's burden", by socialization and education, that has been internalized by the most gullible of Americans, that all 3rd world countries want to mirror the American capitalist system and bourgeois class rule, masquerading as political 'democracy'.

Having become experts in bamboozling its citizens, insomuch as they have already been acculturated and internalized this propaganda culture of deception, the American government's politicians masquerade as 'liberators', the Iraqi resistance is denounced as 'insurgents' and 'terrorists'. The American Leviathan State must crush the Resistance to the Occupation, ostensibly in order for 'freedom', 'democracy' and 'peace' to prevail'.

The reality is that the American State has no authority in Iraq: power without authority is the Leviathan of Tyranny, just as authority without power is Scholastic. Every class society is politically characterized by the kind of state and form of government best suited to the mode of production and appropriation that is appropriate to the pushing onto the rest of society the interests of the economically dominate ruling classes.

The politics of the ruling Party is the politics of Fear; thus, those subjected to this social power of the ruling class's state representatives, that is the oppressed classes, are subjected to the political dictatorship of the economically dominate classes, the State managed by its political representatives. Every form of government, without exception, is the management of the political affairs of the economically dominant class. Every State is the Dictatorship of a Class.

There is no such thing as an individual 'dictator'. Consider, for instance, the fates of would-be personal 'dictatorships' e.g. Akhenaten (Ikhanatan), Ahaz (Lucifer) Darius, Alexander, Caesar, Caligula, Nero, Charles I, Louis XVI, Tsar Nicholas II... They were all overthrown, either by those closest to them or by revolutions. It is only where the "tyrant" had a social base represented by bureaucracy and supported by a military whom history call 'dictators' and 'tyrant's were successful: e.g. Augustus, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon, Stalin, Mao.These individuals were called 'tyrants' by their enemies, but were only representative of social classes and of the political hierarchy that represented those social classes. That an individual could by his or her violence of will exercise a personal dictatorship over millions is an absurd claim.

On the other hand, when we speak of the likes of the Shah of Iran, Marcos of the Philippines, Papa/Baby Doc of Haiti -- even Aristide! -- Diem, Somoza, the Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Jordanian royalties, Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega or the Israeli government, we are talking about Quislings. These 'sons of bitches', as they were/are called in the US State Department were/are able to maintain power and retain a semblance of 'dictatorship', only so long as the masses remain indifferent, so long as they were provided bread and circus; selling their birthright for bowls of pottage. US foreign policy has never had any qualms or pangs of conscience when it comes to aiding and abetting - providing finances, arms and training 3rd world 'dictators'. It is only when these quislings get out of line with a mind and will of their own, that the American political classes and propaganda medias all of a sudden 'discover' that these former quislings were/are 'dictators'.

Yet, it is due to the socialization of Americans into a culture where words like 'dictators' and 'democracy' are loaded with ideological dynamite subject to ignition and are ignited by American Presidents and News media manipulating the American people into believing invading and deposing, if not assassinating these former quislings, is the 'right thing to do'. The Iraqis, for instance, know that Saddam Hussein represented and was armed by U.S. imperialism in its invasion of, and the subsequent war against Iran.

The masses were demoralized by, and subsequently indifferent to Saddam. They really didn't give a horses shit about his having palaces and narcissistic statutes and photographs all over them place, any more than American citizens do having photographs of President Bush in federal buildings, such as post offices, federal courts and federal prisons. I have, on several occasions, wrote of the Hegelian concept of empirical show in contrast to quintessential: that is, 'the inessential masquerading as essential' of which the quintessence is the idea. Statutes of Saddam Hussein, even Saddam Hussein himself when sitting in one of his luxury palaces is nothing but "show" ('the inessential masquerading as essential') as far as the Leviathan is concerned: the State.

The State is at the same time noumenon and phenomenon, the former is the intent of will manifest in the phenomenon of a hierarchal bureaucratic military machine that is operated by operational staffs structured in a pre-existing 'chain of command'. The staff is the content and the structure the form; the quintessential structure and function without which the State collapses. This is what Colin Powell was talking about when he warned against the complete liquidation of the Iraqi bureaucratic-military machine by American military assault: "you break it, you own it".

As a rule of procedure, the wars of conquest from the Ethiopian-Egyptian conquest/annexation of Lower Egypt to Upper Egypt, the Mesopotamian conquest and annexation of the Tigris-Euphrates, the conquests by the Persians and the Medes, Alexander, Rome &C., to the British Empire, and even in consequence of the savagery of World Wars I and II, deals were made transforming conquered territorial bureaucracies into lackeys. The military objectives of these wars between ruling class rival states were to disarm and disable the ruling class of rival states; to subjugate, not to destroy.

It was in this sense of continuity with past conquest procedures that the Bush/Powell victory in the First Gulf War, once the Iraqi army was defeated and driven from Kuwait, left the Iraqi bureaucratic-military state intact. The following ten-twelve years of sanctions and periodic bombings, under Clinton/Cohen/ Albright, stopped short of the destruction of the bureaucratic military structures. But, Bush II, the ignorant, arrogant power hungry 'dictator' that he is, rejected the advice of previous ruling class history of warfare, said 'fuck that', and destroyed the Iraqi military state. The military policy of total destruction conquest by American invasion forces is what created chaos in Iraq, from day one of the conquest of Baghdad, remember?

I am not a clairvoyant, and ad hominem attacks on Bush as an individual as 'stupid', would be stupid on my part. But, even from the standpoint of the American ruling classes, whose global presence is after all part and parcel of the cosmopolitan capitalist class, ("bourgeoisie" imperialism), must have realized that the chaos occurring in Iraq today, wasn't/isn't in their national levels of class interests. Capitalistic commodity production and appropriation is always competitive but the bourgeois dominated State, like Jonah in the belly of the Leviathan, needs this "great fish" of Statecraft, which Nixon called a 'Monster', to maintain a semblance of "Law and Order".

From Mesopotamians on, the Iraqi ruling class State, of the bureaucracy is the phenomenon behind phenomena, but this 'thing-in-itself' does not really exist 'in-itself', but 'being-for-self' is essence in the form of staff, bureaucracy, required for the quintessence of purpose (will, objectification) in function, that function being an instrument of socio-power, but the quintessential is the being-for-self, material interests of particulars of a socioeconomic syllogism are differentiated (separation) that at the same time brought together into an objective category by analysis of the social individuals (concept). So there has evolved human rights, property rights and the African-American contribution: Civil Rights.

So there has been a history of philosophy that is, at the same time, a philosophy of history and material content of the Science of Logic. Yet, considering the realities of policies of the American government this is nothing but flowery rhetoric. Unilateral invasion, ostensibly 'carrying democracy to Iraq', has violated this cumulative perspective. This, even more than 'criminality', explains the insult to the 'global community' from the standpoint of the UN Charter, and is why civil society and its philosophers as well as politicians and political scientists are so damn upset with the American government, including its legislative and judicial branches, because its unilateralist, savage "shock and awe" bombing, mass murder and destruction of Iraqi industrial capacity and infrastructure also destroyed the bureaucracy of civil administration, and discarded the officer corps and its place in the military bureaucracy.

Bush is trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again, by 'staying the course' of the upcoming 'milestone' sham 'elections', on the basis of a "Constitution" supervised by its occupation forces, even as more and more revelations surface of its monstrous brutality, and prison torture regime by the 'government' American military forces has 'installed', ostensibly as an "Iraqi 'government'! No sham 'elections', no flowery rhetoric and buzz words-man-ship by American politicians and pundit-propagandists can eliminate the hard facts that the Iraqi 'government' and 'constitution' is a sham under the iron boot of the dictatorship of American occupation forces.

It is indeed significant that the Vice Presidential candidate on the Democratic Party ticket-2000, Joseph Lieberman of the "Gore-Lieberman" candidacy, supported by the Democratic Party's 'progressives' including the Democrat's "Black Congressional Caucus", is now still in complete endorsement of the invasion and brutal repression of Iraq and Iraqis, even quoted by George Bush.

Continuity is continuity. A majority of members of the Democrats in Congress - the House of Representatives as well as the Senate - endorsed the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, but now claim that they were 'duped' into believing "Saddam" was in possession of 'weapons of mass destruction'. This is even worse than consciously and knowingly endorsing a war based on knowledge because this says that they were not just irresponsible and submissive to the demagogic bamboozling charisma of Bush, but that before killing Iraqis, and putting American soldiers at risk, they were too lazy and cavalier to even take time to do a background check, having their paid staff which has access to intelligence reports collect data and analyzing it before sending Americans out to kill and get killed over lies.

Millions of workers in Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Egypt, Nigeria, South Korea, Japan, China, Argentina, Mexico, and the Philippines knew it was a lie. Scott Ritter and Hans Blix told the world in general and the American citizens in particular ,based on their professional capacity as US/UN weapons inspectors, that it was a lie. The French and German heads of state told the American citizens and the UN that it was a lie. Remember the shit about "Freedom Fries", and the insults about "New" (i.e. purchased) "Europe" contrasted to "Old" (rival) Europe of the European Union? Neither was Bush manipulated by "neo-cons", "Jewish lobbyists" or Israel wagging the dog. That’s anti-Semitic demagogy and "Zionist Occupation Government" ("ZOG") irrational bullshit. Bush and the Congress knew exactly what they were doing when they did it, and did it for their own purposes.

The American capitalist class and bourgeois politicians of both parties labored under their false expectations/illusion, that after 12 years of war and sanctions accompanied by repeated bombings, the Iraqi people would either 'welcome' the invading Crusaders or would be too weak and demoralized to offer any serious resistance to occupation. But, in proportion to which the Resistance engaged in successful assaults against the opposition that engendered hope of successfully driving the invaders from their country, it became bolder and more confident. Also, as lie after lie used to justify the invasion was exposed and news leaked about brutality, rapes, robberies, thefts, murders and torture centers, Americans gradually came to recognize that there were no noble motives for this war of occupation of oil fields. The only moments of moral high ground for invador propaganda networks were when innocent civilians were kidnapped and murdered.

The final shift to 'justify' the invasion and occupation of Iraq by Britain and America was the regurgitation of a modernized version of "The White Man's Burden" - to civilize savages and Christianize heathens in a war against "Islamic fundamentalism". Americans have been so mentally retarded against critical thinking, which is what is required to probe the depth of phenomenological social structures and political institutions to comprehend the material interests in the background, that they think the essence of 'democracy' is voting. Thus, when the American government turns against their lackey government, or they against America's government, their before lackey/now enemy is demonized as a 'dictator', therefore 'evil'.

American workers are taught that if there are elections in a country it is a 'democracy', such as when they supported Apartheid South Africa and the continued support of the Zionist racist exclusionary state of Israel as "the only democracy in the region". American's have been so miss-educated into the shallow world of shadows of images which they mistake for actual life-formations, that they have no idea what actual democratic revolutions are, and so think that paying Iraqis to be on television pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein, and/or raiding his 'palace', constitute a 'democratic revolution'.

Rather, history has taught us - showed us - that it is when the masses of the excluded oppressed classes rise up and destroy the ruling classes in power, and thereby displace them from state power to become themselves the new state power, that that, and that alone, constitutes a democratic revolution. When the Iraqi people complete the insurrection, now occurring in the form of resistance, by driving the invader armies from Iraqi territory on one hand, and on the other crush the lackey 'government', trash its occupation written 'Constitution', free the prisoners and imprison the traitors, then, and only then, could there be any talk of democracy coming to Iraq. The sham shit supposed to happen on Thursday, voting in a country in which the voters have no power, is nothing but show - the inessential masquerading as essential. Since in Iraq the proletariat is the majority, a democratic revolution can only be a revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat, with or without a Constitution or formal elections.

The obviousness of the Lie of the Sham Show on Thursday is that America is a "Christian" nation, thus, as though ordained by god, that its America's "Christian" mission to "bring enlightenment and 'democracy' into the Islamic cultures of darkness. This is propaganda to be consumed only by the American people. You know them by their fruits. America isn't a "Christian" nation: Here is Bush, the Prince of this world, in complete control of the powers of the air, who is a devil by definition, in Iraq but to kill, steal and destroy, and has the gall to present himself as a "Christian".

American governments have historically been a backer of dictatorial regimes, representing class powers of the native ruling classes, and this is the case in Iraq as well, sham elections notwithstanding. The Iraqi people will be as powerless on Friday, the day after 'elections', as they are today. Claiming to "spread democracy" is justification for the occupation of Iraq. America's actual foreign policy, not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezuela and indeed all over the world, is to darken the world with evil breeding evil, by conquest. What is exciting here, in America, is that Christians are rising up, confronting and challenging the Bush/Falwell/ Pat Robertson crowd.

The American government, Bush is Caligula on the shores of Briton fighting Neptune, or rather "Allah". Bush is Nero on vacation playing his fiddle as Rome burns - err, I mean as the Gulf Coast is flooded, the result of bureaucratic breakdown and dilapidated levee on one hand, and racist, incompetent FEMA break-down on the other. Cindy Sheehan educates the American working class as she herself undergoes the praxis engendering recognition that Bush, that is the American government he represents, shows America the reality, as Kipling and Samuel Johnson got it: patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

By directly controlling the Quisling 'government' of Iraq, the American capitalist class, represented politically by the American government, is now a member of OPEC. The State, its phenomena forms, is comprised of empirical facts - special bodies of armed men, with prisons, &C. at their disposal. The authority is the legitimizing symbols, such as judges robes and policemen badges, symbols of authority, material accouterments. The so-called 'free elections', allowing certain parties to participate but excluding others, is designed to present 'legitimacy' to the Quisling regime.

Incidentally, this is all about the oil of the Persian Gulf and North Africa - the continuation of the same policy in fact that the United States has been pursuing since the annunciation of the "Carter Doctrine". It isn't , however as a favor to Western European and Pacific Rim Asian capitalists to 'keep the oil lanes open'. Rather it is to assert American military control of the region because American capitalist Western European and Asian rivals depend upon it to energize their production. In creating a military chokehold on the oil sources, the American capitalists want to control OPEC by domination. Similarly, the American government, using Israel and Uganda, in opposition to the Sudanese government, is all about asserting control of the Sudan-China oil connection. This also explains what its conflicts with the independent minded Venezuelan government ministers are the result of.

When it is said that America is the 'richest nation in the world', this doesn't mean that the American workers are the most "prosperous", nor that they are "recipient" of the highest wages, fewest hours' toil, nor that they have the highest standard of living.

Malcolm X observed:

"There's one thing that Martin Luther King mentioned at the Armory the other night, which I thought was most significant. I hope he really understood what he was saying. He mentioned that while he was in some of those Scandinavian countries he saw no poverty. There was no unemployment, no poverty. Everyone was getting education, everyone had decent housing, decent whatever-they-needed-to-exist. But why did he mention those countries on his list as different.This is the richest country on earth and there’s poverty, there’s bad housing, there’s slums, there’s inferior education. And this is the richest country on earth."

In America, the working class has actually a lower standard of living compared to the stronger, class-conscious politically organized proletariat in Scandinavian countries, and Germany . This is because communist and socialist workers in those countries are organized into trade union based labor parties that, when in government, legislate social programs, rather than in America where lower standards of living result from workers being manipulated by jingoism, and the lack of both class-consciousness and self-organized trade union based labor party representation in Congress. Thus, when it is said that America is the wealthiest (I consciously use the term/concept wealth vis-à-vis 'riches') country in the world, it is not a reference to general prosperity of the American working class. Rather the opposite:

"In the United States, wealth is highly concentrated in relatively few hands. As of 2001, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 33.4% of all privately held wealth, and the next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 51%, which means that just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 84%, leaving only 16% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers)."

Following the Supreme Courts selection of George Bush for President, in 2000, Justice Scalia himself said America is "not a democracy but a Constitutional republic", "not a democracy"! The "Framers of the Constitution", in their Federalist Correspondences, denounced democracy as the 'tyranny of the [property-less] majority'.

Democracy=Communism, the expropriation of the productive forces from the capitalist classes by the working classes. This is not acceptable in American liberal politics.

Matter of fact, free speech and press is an illusion, as was demonstrated today, in California, where the internationally renowned author of anti-violence children's books, Tookie Williams, was executed, not because of what he allegedly did 25 years ago but, because he dedicated one of his books to Black liberation leaders and socialists who were either political prisoners, or executed as he was today, or both. Arnold Schwarzenegger attempts to justify the State's Murder of Tookie citing the political stand that Tookie took against political imprisonment and police repression, exemplified by those whom Tookie dedicated his book to: "Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Ramona Africa, John Africa, Leonard Peltier, Dhoruba Al-Mujahid, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and countless other men, women, and youth who have to endure the hellish oppression of living behind bars" in America (with the exception of Mandela who lived behind bars in U.S. backed Aparthied South African prisons. (See Schwardzenegger's Statement ordering the murder of Tookie Williams at

Martin Luther King has pointed out that the American government is the greatest purveyor of violence on earth.

It is therefore all the more hypocritical for the American government to attempt to justify savage, violent and vicious occupation of Iraq, murder of its people, maiming and imprisoning others, ostensibly to "bring peace and democracy" to that country. Americans live in a repressive society and think its way of life should be exported, by violence, since they believe that war is peace and occupation is liberation. They don't even double-think, this ignorance is strength culture in which they are fed propaganda, lying propaganda, that given the chance, everyone in every country on earth wants to be like them.

Motivated by the will to freedom in confrontation with the US marines, together with their mercenary "Iraqi' army", it is clear by the courage and self-sacrificing spirit that these Iraqi workers have fighting the occupation and its lackeys that they had the same capacity, courage and resourcefulness to defeat Saddam's military officer corps. The Iraqi people were not helpless victims of "Saddam's dictatorship", and didn't give a damn about Saddam statutes and 'palaces'.

It is completely absurd and ludicrous to believe the Iraqis in 2003 wanted the British and American military forces to invade Iraq, occupy it, and think of this as "liberation from Saddam's 'dictatorship". The Iraqis weren't suffering from Saddam the man, but were for the past decade suffering, victimized by the global dictatorship of the American capitalist class, represented politically by the American government that had subjected them to genocidal sanctions regimes.
(See: "The US/UK Engineered Genocidal Sanctions Against Iraq, 1990-2003 by Professor Christian P Scherer Hiroshima Peace Institute

The American and British regimes of murderers, whose souls are reddened by the bloody deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis by bombings and tank aggression, perhaps into the millions in connection with the sanctions, were never seen by the Iraqi people as 'friends of the Iraqi people'.

Thursdays elections under occupation isn't so much an attempt to justify the Quisling regime to the Iraqi people, which is absurd on the face of it, but to justify the invasion to the American gullible, the white man's burden ideology made politically practical. Of all the proletarians the world over, only the American workers are so culturally backward and politically unsophisticated (euphemism for ignorant) to be manipulated by politicians and media to associate 'democracy' with tearing down statutes, and voting. There are no democratic institutions in Iraq; that is, other than the guerrilla cadres. It is the guerrillas who are exercising free will by their operations. They are the George Washingtons on the Delaware.

The Iraqis have demonstrated this by their thankless but heroic war of resistance against occupation forces who are the most ruthless army in history, with its arsenal of contemporary chemical weapons, megaton bombs, and using depleted uranium bullets. These Iraqi proletarians demonstrating their power-engendered courage had the same capacity to have fought, and overthrow the Saddam personified bourgeois regime, had they wanted to! Saddam was nothing but a powerless poop-butt agent of US imperialism. Saddam was nothing but an agent of U.S. foreign policy objectives vis-à-vis Iran: the Saddam personified bourgeois State was the political face of an agent, in actuality just as much depended upon U.S. military technology as were/are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Aden, Jordan, Egypt, Israel.

The Shia and Kurdish tribal bourgeoisie who are aligning themselves with the invading Crusader lackeys by participating in this sham of democracy, are doing so because they smell money in it, as they will be getting their cut in the Iraqi oil production profits.

The energy that feeds European and Asia-Pacific production is therefore dependent upon sources from Middle Asia and North Africa. These are the essentials of economic phenomenology, and the ideological politics of 'spreading democracy' into Middle Asia, Iraq and Iran, is nothing but show: viz. the inessential masquerading as essential. The actual motive is to intervene militarily in the Middle East to control the energy sources of the rival economies of the European Union. Though the European and Pacific economies have money qua wealth intensified by advanced technology and consequently corresponding increased labor productivity in surplus produce, relative to the smokestack industries in the United States, those national economies don't have the indigenous energy sources, oil.

"Spreading democracy", together with making the world "safe" is the most used, tested reliable mendacity of the American government and capitalist owned and operated media used by cultural force-feeding the American knowledge-starved gullible citizens, i.e., it is the American responsibility to "Take Up the White Man's Burden" of 'introducing 'democracy' to "Rag headed backward" Arabs, and to bring women's rights to "Islamic countries".

The White Man's Burden
by Rudyard Kipling:

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man's burden--
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"

Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

" I have made it clear here so many times that these insurgents and terrorists have to be defeated for peace to prevail in Iraq. "


Iraq’s elections: "Choose between death and "Democracy""

12/11/2005 6:30:00 PM GMT

The Iraqi media already started painting a fake rosy image of the country’s elections due to be held in days, in an attempt to persuade people that the polls will reshape the nation’s future, a claim that had been dismissed repetitively by political experts.

Iraqis will head to the poll stations Thursday to take part in the National Assembly election, described by the occupation authority as the country's last chance to avoid sectarian division and end the current bloodshed.

Also some U.S. politicians suggest that a solid turnout without violence, might prepare for a staged withdrawal of the U.S. invading troops, although the American President George W. Bush’s recent speeches over signaled the opposite, as he claimed that the U.S. forces are "staying course" in Iraq so that not to send the "terrorists" wrong signals that they’ve been defeated by repetitive attacks targeting the U.S. military.

In one of the TV ads, a boy appears looking out the window of a bus carrying him away from bombs and chaos, and a man is shown shackled to a wall then set free when the hammer of "democracy" smashes his shackles.

The message is clear: either choose violence of the past or the present model of democracy represented in the U.S. occupation and holding elections in a country that is under siege.

An Iraqi woman and her son watch as U.S. soldiers in Al Sadr City

As IRAQ elections near, violence and bloodshed surges in many of the country’s cities and neighbors, what does this tell the puppet Iraqi government and the Occupation Authority? It is a clear sign that the elections are rejected and the hope it will end the current turmoil is basically meaningless.

As we see, daily car and roadside bombings, that claim the lives of many innocents, not just the American invader, assassinations, and gunmen attacks. Moreover the outbreak of the recent discovery of torture chamber in the Iraqi interior ministry raised fears and doubts among the nation over the credibility of the current government and the elections that will be held.

The Iraqis have a grim image of their future, controlled by a group of U.S.-backed officials, who intend to only serve the agenda of the foreign authority as well as their own interests, raising the possibility of an outbreak of a civil war between the country’s three main ethnic groups, the Sunnis, Shias and Kurds, once tightly controlled under the rule of the toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Although IRAQ’s Sunni leaders boycotted the elections last January leaving the country in the hands of the Shias, they decided this time to participate and urged others to vote. Winning enough seats, the Sunnis will force a negotiation with Shia politicians for a legitimate place in the political process.

But experts predict that the election could just produce a stalemate that drives IRAQ 's warring ethnic groups further apart.

Everybody supports elections as one component of democratization, but not every election is a legitimate instrument of democracy. In IRAQ case, the country has been stripped of its sovereignty, it’s under siege- how can its people hold credible elections?

An election cannot be legitimate when it is held under the occupation of a foreign country; when the country is nominally ruled by, and the election will be officially run by, a puppet government; when violence is intense enough to prevent most of the country’s citizens from participation.

This war, fought by Bush to root out "Terror" has terrorized nations and violated basic human rights and International Laws.


U.S. Marines take cover from flying debris as they board helicopters in Fallujah - (AFP PHOTO)


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