Tuesday :: Jan 4, 2005

Five US Soldiers, Baghdad Governor Killed Today

by Steve

"I don't think the security situation is deteriorating. I think the security situation is actually a little better than it was, say, six weeks ago...(in) most of Iraq, the situation is not that bad, frankly."
--Unnamed State Department official today

Gunmen assassinated the Governor of Baghdad province today, in the murder of the highest-ranking Iraqi official since early last year. And this attack didnít occur in the boondocks either. It took place in Baghdad. Worse than this, five more US soldiers were killed today.

Yet the Bush Administration swears that the country is actually safer than is reported, and that no matter what, the January 30 elections will go ahead even if large parts of the country are unsafe for voting. However, despite these assurances, after todayís attacks Iraq's interim president, Ghazi al-Yawar asked the UN to assess whether or not the vote can go ahead as planned.

I understand the Administrationís concern with not postponing the vote due to the message it would send to both Iraqis, who bravely want to vote against a backdrop of death and inadequate security, and the insurgents who would wear such a postponement as a validation for their carnage. My question centers on the value of a nationwide vote that will likely not include large amounts of Sunnis in their parts of the country, and more specifically what is our end game after such an election? Do we even have one?

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