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January 29, 2005

Blog from Iraq

Dahr Jamail is doing the type of reporting that most of the rest of the media won't or can't. As sad and scary as these blog entries are I think everyone should take a look and get a rude wake up to the reality of what this "war for democracy" is doing to civilian Iraqis.

I am so appalled that this is being done in the name of this country and in the name of freedom. The stories about Fallujah are especially troubling.

And for anyone that thinks that we are going anywhere after the elections I would just like to remind them of the 14 "enduring" US military bases that are currently under construction.

Regardless of the success or failure of the Iraqi election, we should all be ready for US troops to be in Iraq for a very long time.

Posted by terry at January 29, 2005 06:49 PM | TrackBack
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We get some fair reporting about the upcoming elections via the BBC and EuroNews. I was floored to learn that most Iraqis don't know where their polling places are, indeed they won't know until the day of the election because they're targets for attacks.

We saw one Iraqi on camera begging American soldiers to stay away from the polls because (he said) it's their presence that makes going to the polls especially dangerous.

We also caught some Republican talking head saying that the election would be considered a success if turnout was in number close to that of the US election - which is to say, shamefully low. He then backtracked to say that even 20% might be considered a successful election.

The Kurds appear to be the only ones with their collective shit together - they are running massive get out the vote drives and are apparently the only organization to present a unified ballot listing. Because of the (relative)safely of their territory and their organization they could have the highest voter turn out of any area in occupied Iraq.

Those military bases wouldn't be Haliburton projects, now, would they?

Posted by: pam on January 29, 2005 10:48 PM
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