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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 13 - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

The tanker was seized in the evening by agents with the American-trained border protection force at the Iraqi town of Badra, after crossing at Munthirya on the Iraqi border, the official said. According to the Iraqi official, the border police found several thousand partly completed ballots inside.

And of course the ballots had ticks on the "555" list. The United Iraq Alliance is composed of Shia religious parties that literally take their orders from Iran.

Agents of the Iranian government are believed to be supporting the two main Shiite political parties here - the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Dawa Party -with money and other assistance. Both parties support a strong role for Islam in the Iraqi state; however, compared with the Iranian government itself, which is a strict theocracy, the Iraqi version is relatively moderate.

And in order to "support a strong role for Islam" you have to do anything even if you forged ballots. Can anyone say "hypocricy". It might be possible for corrupt politicians to forge ballots. But to claim that you're ruling by "God's laws" on earth and still forge ballots, that's what I call ugly hypocricy.

Update: Iraq's border chief denies the story. Is he telling the truth or was he pressured by the Shia politicians who are on the 555 list?

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