Monday, November 21, 2005

7.11 Constitutional Referendum That Wasn't

This article proves nothing about the Iraq referendum. I quote from it for the observations about the control exerted by the Americans on the process.
A constitution with references to oil and military bases for Americans?

The UN first claimed that there were too many votes cast. Then they went quiet.
I wonder just how much pressure the US managed in buying off or bullying the UN.

But we know that Bush cheated in two US elections. Cheating in Iraq would be no problem at all.

The problem is that cheating on votes won't win the war on the ground. They are losing, and they do not have enough troops to win.

The latest move is to bring back people from the old army. Wow! Talk about putting cats with the pigeons.

I have written about this before. It is history repeating itself. The only difference is that this time the power is America and before it was Britian.

In 1918 the Brits replaced the Sunni administration with a Shia one. But then they found things were too messy or difficult and reverted to the Sunnis, which is how the Baath party came to power and held it so ruthlessly following the terror imposed by the British army of occupation in 1920.

The US and UK have found they have a set of murderous militia instead of an army. let's start again says Reid.

But the Shia are not going to sit back and let the Sunni army back into power this time.

When are we going to have British politicians spelling it out so that the Government has to respond?

"US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad even consistently pressured the Iraqi government to accept his own drafts of articles which included words like “oil” and “military bases” in the so-called constitution in the weeks leading up to the vote.

“It is a matter of public record that in the final weeks of the process the newly arrived US ambassador (Zalmay Khalilzad) took an extremely hands-on role,” Justin Alexander, legal affairs officer for the office of constitutional support with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq told me. “Even going so far as to circulate at least one US draft.”"

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