No One Believes the Insurgency Will End
"We only had military coups and revolutions before. We voted 'yes' or 'yes'. Now we vote for ourselves."
It was easy to be maudlin about such words, to imbibe the false optimism of the Western television networks and the nonsense about Iraq's "historic" day--for it will only have been historic if it changes this country, and many fear it will not.
No one I met yesterday believes the insurgency will end.
Many thought it would grow more ferocious and the Shias in the polling stations said with one voice that they were also voting to rid Iraq of the Americans, not to legitimise their presence.
Some Just Voted for Food
Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, 31 January 2005
"Voting in Baghdad was linked with receipt of food rations, several voters said after the Sunday poll.
Many Iraqis said Monday that their names were marked on a list provided by the government agency that provides monthly food rations before they were allowed to vote."
Shocking. Amazing. Read all about it. Arabs can actually insert a piece of paper in a box.
Iraqi Elections: Media Disinformation on Voter Turnout?
"Related Facts regarding Voter Turnout, which contradict the official figures and statements"
Corporate Media in Spin Overdrive Mode over Iraqi “Elections”
“Iraqis embraced democracy in large numbers Sunday, standing in long lines to vote in defiance of mortar attacks, suicide bombers and boycott calls,” writes the Boston Globe, oblivious to the fact there would be no mortar attacks and suicide bombers if the United States had not invaded and occupied the country, an invasion and occupation predicated on a passel of lies, not that the corporate media mentions this obvious fact often enough for Americans to get the message."