Saturday :: Oct 15, 2005

Iraq Voting Concludes, With Mixed Turnout Results

by Steve

"I was a scientist before I was a politician. And as a scientist I know you need facts, evidence and proof - and then you check, recheck and check again. The fact was that there were no facts, there was no evidence, and there was no proof. As a politician the most serious decision you can take is to commit your armed services to war from which they may not return."
--Guess which conservative British politician said this.

On a day when large numbers of Iraqis have voted on a new constitution that will hopefully be the next step in getting our troops out of there, here are a couple of Iraq-related snippets for you to ponder. As for the vote itself, it is noteworthy that there appears to be a lower turnout amongst the Kurds and Shiites than the January election, and obviously a higher turnout of Sunnis, especially in Fallujah. Yet the Times says that Sunni turnout in Ramadi was nonexistent.

First, the UN is accusing the United States military of depriving Iraqis villagers of food and water as a means of forcing them to leave their towns so that insurgents can be isolated in advance of battle.

Second, the Bush Administration is doing something that it should have done two years ago; seal off the border between Iraq and Syria. What is problematic however is that the Pentagon is prepared to conduct activities inside Syria itself, which would be an act of war against a sovereign nation.

Third, guess which revered British politician has now said that Tony Blair was wrong for taking his country into war against Iraq without evidence, facts, or necessary intelligence? Give yourself a cookie if you said Margaret Thatcher.

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