Tuesday, December 20, 2005

In Iraq

Election results came in ten days ahead of schedule in Iraq, and there is something very, very wrong. From Pajamas Media:

The election commission last night announced shocking preliminary results of the elections in 11 Iraqi provinces. The results “after counting 89% of the votes in Baghdad showed that the UIA [United Iraqi Alliance, the main religious Shiite coalition -- ed.] won 1,403,901 votes, the Accord Front [also referred to as Iraqi Consensus Front; main religious Sunni Arab group -- ed.] won 451,782 while Allawi’s list [Iraqi List, secular -- ed.] won 327,174”, said a spokesman of the election commission.

These results when final will grant the UIA many more seats that what was expected, something that obviously upset the Accord Front. Four leaders from the Front are holding a press conference right now in Baghdad and they strongly rejected the announced results. Tariq al-Hashimi and Adnan al-Dulaimi, the two leaders of the Front are asking the election commission to “reconsider these results or redo the election in Baghdad…

The election commission already changed its opinion about the results they announced yesterday.

Ferid Ayar, another senior official in the commission appeared in a press conference less than an hour ago and “corrected” the vote-count of the UIA by cutting away 100,000 votes from it. Now the UIA has nearly 1,303,000 instead of 1,403,000! This is still not final result, said Ayar.

Reading the results in some detail on al-Sabah this morning, some of the numbers caught my attention; I’m talking here about the number of votes achieved by local small lists or individual candidates in the Southern provinces.

The numbers I read were simply ridiculous and here are a few examples from Maysan:

-Lawyer Abdulwahid al-Lami is from the Lami tribe, the biggest in a province that runs by tribal relations. This candidate won 5 votes, yes 5 votes!

This means this man didn’t even the votes of his own family…it doesn’t make sense. It is as if the man paid 1 million dinar for each vote since the registration fee for candidacy is 5 million dinars. Heh.

-Sheikh Raheem al-Sa’idi was also running from Maysan and he’s a local sheikh of a big tribe that has many thousands of members in the south. This sheikh won 17 votes only!

A usual sheikh is married to at least 3 wives and has dozens of children, brothers and cousins and this one won 17 votes only!

The reason why such numbers are totally ridiculous is because for any party or candidate to register, the commission asks them to bring 500 signatures from supporters!

It is clear that many parties and candidates were marginalized and betrayed by the election commission. What the commission announced in the above update is just a futile attempt to relieve the growing tension in Iraq.

You know the old saying about the horse and the water, and the decision to drink.

The United States can not allow this to happen. Our $250 billion, gallons of blood, and tested will are insulted by this farce. This is why we have to impose our will in Iraq, the way we did in German, and Japan after WWII.

Their society needs to be completely rebuilt. We need to change their culture, their religion, and their laws.

That's what we did to Germany and Japan. Why the hell are we not doing the same in Iraq and Afghanistan?