Nicht-Wahlen im Irak


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"Der Irak wählt sein erstes freies Parlament" verkündet heute die F.A.Z. stolz. Die Sache hat nur einen Haken: Wirklich entscheiden wird dieses Parlament, genaugenommen eine "Übergangsversammlung", nicht dürfen. Schon gar nicht darüber was mit den Besatzungstruppen passiert. Denn die US-Regierung baut im Irak zur Zeit ihre größte "Botschaft" der Welt mit 1800 Mitarbeitern. (Damit kommen 3 "US-Botschafter" auf einen irakischen Abgeordneten). Gleichzeitig errichtet die US-Armee zur Zeit 14 permanente Militärstützpunkte im Irak. Der Großteil der irkaischen Industrie ist bereits privatisiert und selbst das Saatgut müssen irakische Bauern demnächst bei US-Konzernen kaufen. Kontrollieren wird den Irak also weiterhin die Bush-Administration.

Hier die International Herald Tribune: "This election is a sham":

Very early in the occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration recognized that a democratic Iraq, even a stridently anti-Saddam one, would not countenance the strategic U.S. goals the war was fought for: controlling the second-largest oil reserves in an energy-thirsty world, and establishing military bases required for undertaking the political transformation of the Middle East to serve American interests. A long-term occupation to secure these ambitious goals was no less tenable.
So even as the Americans proclaimed their mission as one designed to introduce democracy and human rights in Iraq, they fought against demands for early elections even from putative allies like the Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. They also maneuvered to put into place a self-governance and electoral plan that, through carefully circumscribed United Nations involvement, they thought would ensure that the hand-picked Iraqi leadership would enjoy some legitimacy, with the elections scheduled for Sunday providing an added boost of Shiite support
.But as this blood-stained election shows, the complete breakdown of this plan has been one of the most colossal U.S. policy failures of the last half-century. Indeed, this is not an election that any democratic nation, or indeed any independent international electoral organization, would recognize as legitimate.

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