Tuesday, January 18, 2005

NOW they seal the borders....

Last week I asked how Iraq can hold elections with the security problems there. Well, now there's more evidence that Iraq is not ready to hold legit elections. The AP reports that 3 candidates have been assassinated in the last couple of days. Favorite quote-

"With insurgents trying to ruin the election, officials announced that Iraq will seal its borders, extend a curfew and restrict movement to protect voters during the balloting. "

I seem to remember a whole lot of discussion not too long ago about the hordes of foreign fighters pouring across the borders to attack our troops. Apparently we just didn't think it was important to stop them. Of course, I'm being sarcastic, but the larger point stands; how can there possibly be legit elections in Iraq with the chaos that continues there? I think one of the most damning facts is this-

"Lieut. General Thomas Metz, the commander of U.S. ground forces, said last week that four of Iraq's 18 provinces remain too unsafe for many to vote. These insecure areas -- which include portions of Baghdad, Fallujah, Mosul and Saddam's hometown of Tikrit -- are home to as much as 40 percent of Iraq's population. "

Now, wouldn't that be like saying "Hey, 46 of America's 50 states are set to have an election. The states that won't be participating are California, New York, Texas and Florida. Sound good?"


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