So, the Iraqi election the other day is supposedly a farce. Well, let’s face it, had Saddam stayed around, they wouldn’t have had them – as his idea of an election is everyone has to vote for him, as he’s the only candidate and there isn’t a line for a write-in. Yeah, things ain’t grand over there, but a good number of the people that lived there pretty much told the insurgents to fuck-off. How’d they do this? Well, they voted, and they voted in larger numbers than we’d ever get over here, despite being told that assisting the US in instituting a democratic republic would result in death. They went to the polls anyway. I’m proud of those people, and they should be proud of themselves. They know, that getting on their feet is the way to assist us in leaving their country. They’re starting to see that giving in to the insurgents would not benefit them at all, in fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if us leaving would result in larger civilian casualties from the insurgents going after those who want to continue the path that they are now on, towards a democratic republic. With that said, some blogs for you all, please check through their links as well (these will open in new windows)

a Day in Iraq

Where is Raed?

The Kurdish View

Iraq Election Blog

Iraq Elections Discussion

Other Links:

Special coverage: War on Iraq

And if anything, LOOK AT THIS LINK:

Iraq Next Phase Chart


  1. Something to add. Germany waited 5 years after VE day for the end of the occupation period. Japan waited 7 years post VE day. US Troops are STILL in both countries to this day, as allies and not as occupiers.

    The US practically wrote Japan’s constitution. The version of the constitution that was accepted was drafted by the Allies and any changes were reviewed and approved by the allies. The didn’t draft it themselves and we were looking over their shoulder the whole time.

    Japan had a general election in april of ’46, 8 months after a complete and unconditional surrender by it’s people. No insurgency or problems other than logistics. That was after 4 years of total war.

    The final constitutional draft was placed on the general election in ’46. The Japanese Diet was elected under the election held on April 25, 1947. The Diet met for the first time on May 3 of ’47.

    Given the lack of a general surrender and the complete lack of any real democratic framework in Iraq prior to this time, things are going splendidly in Iraq.


    1. Re: Amen

      Thank you 🙂 And I’m happy to reside here with you. I don’t always like my government, but at least I have the means to assist in change.


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