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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Monday, December 13, 2004

DWINDLING CHANCES FOR IRAQ JANUARY ELECTION

Prsident Bush and the Iraqi interim government insist that everything is nicely on track for Iraq to have elections on January 30. But a story in The Washington Post tells us why this hope is completely unrealistic:

...Six weeks before the historic vote, a U.S. official said, fewer
than 1 percent of eligible Iraqis have responded to a voter-registration drive,
forcing authorities to look for other ways to build up voter lists. But six
weeks before the historic vote, a U.S. official said, fewer than 1 percent of
eligible Iraqis have responded to a voter-registration drive, forcing
authorities to look for other ways to build up voter lists.


If Iraqis are afraid to register to vote, an election is not going to be possible. Registration statistics now say that the election cannot be held in six weeks.

Not holding the election as scheduled will be a major defeat for the US.


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