Wednesday, September 29, 2004
I got many comments that disagreed with my previous post. I said that Iraq's elections should be postponed and I still believe they should. Let me tell you why?
First and foremost, the average Iraqi is not in a dire need for elections right now! All what he wants is security, electricity, clean water, and a job. Iraqi politicians are talking about elections, elections. The average Iraqi is talking about jobs, electricity, and SECURITY.
Second, if elections were held next January, the same political parties we're seeing today will win (among them very strong Islamic parties with ties to Iran). The Iraqi voter doesn't have a clear choice. A poll last spring found that over 40% of Iraqis won't vote for any of the existing political parties. There is huge political vacuum in Iraq and time is needed for various political parties to emerge. The delaying of elections will give time for fighting the Wahabi/Salafi animals and in parallel political parties will emerge.
Third, those who think that elections will bring security are simply wrong. I heard the same thing when sovereignty was transferred last July. I even heard the same comment from the American government itself. That shows their lack of understanding of the animals they are fighting in Iraq. Those Salafi/Wahabi animals are fighting a religious war. They don't believe in any elections, they don't believe in anything. Killing them is the only way forward. Egypt had done it, Algeria had done it, Saudi Arabia is doing it, and I hope the Iraqi forces are capable enough to do it. The Salafi/Wahabi animals in Fallujah and other cities can easily claim that the elections are held under "occupation" and so they will continue with their mass murder. Muqtada Sadr already said the same thing.
All sane minds who care about the average Iraqi think that elections should be postponed. Elections without security is nonsense. If you asked the average Iraqi today what he is waiting for, his answer won't be "hey I'm waiting for elections" but "hey I'm waiting for this light bulb to light again"!
So to proceed correctly, someone must convince Sistani to accept a delay in the timetable. The government and its American allies should start curing the Sunni cities a la Najaf, in other words, by using massive force and then open a door slit of diplomacy. Then the Iraqi government should concentrate on keeping this damned light bulb on for a longer period until election day in July or August 2005.