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Date Posted: Sat, February 05 2005, 11:37:18
Author: Wayne
Author Host/IP: netcache-3001.bay.webtv.net / 209.240.205.60
Subject: Re: Must See video: Iraqi Election
In reply to: Don Poss 's message, "Must See video: Iraqi Election" on Thu, February 03 2005, 18:44:19

I'm relegated to an observor today. I'm all confused about this election? Maybe someone can explain it and exactly what it means to the future of Iraq and Democracy in the Middle East? 1) Is it true the vast majority of voters were Shia Muslims, and the outcome next week will point to a Shia controlled Govt? 2) Is the Ayatollah Sistani the supreme leader of the Shiite Community? Does he have close ties with the Islamic State of Iran? 3) What does this mean for the minority 40% Sunni Muslims and Baathists holdovers from the former regime? (shoe on the other foot) If so, that is not Democracy but payback. Do you believe Sistanis Clerics when he says there will be equal govt once they sit in power? Do the Sunnis believe that? 5) True that the voting booths were filled in the South and vacant in the Sunni Triangle which is a vast part of Iraq?
6) The Kurds now and always have wanted and independant state or country apart from Iraq control. Turkey is leary of this and ready to quash any such notion. 7) Most importantly, when will they be able to defend themselves and when will they grow hair in this regard? Will the US presence be neccessary till Congress cuts off funding like Nam? We left S. Vietnam with the equiptment and mindset to defend themselves, and they had a sound military when we left. Will hatred for the West ever disipate because of this election or seemingly Democratic State?

I hope for the best but very confused at reality for the moment. A first step for Democracy? I hope so.

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