World Views of Iraqi Elections
At last, Kofi Annan gives the Iraqis his blessing:
The success of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq has created an exciting moment of opportunity. It matters greatly that Iraq's transition is a success. I am determined to make certain that the United Nations will play its full part in helping the Iraqi people achieve that end.
But it also matters that the international community, which has been angrily divided over Iraq, now recognizes that we all share a common agenda: to move Iraq from the starting point -- its successfully completed elections -- to a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.
Even the scars left by past differences can be turned into opportunities. Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.
I want to capture this moment, and I encourage the international community to come together around Iraq through the United Nations.
OMG, what has happened inside the United Nations? It looks like they woke up from their long hibernation. Someone help them please!
So, let me get this strait. Iraqis were left to suffer under a brutal regime for many years. When America and its allies decided to remove that regime for one reason or another, Iraqi people had to suffer two more years due to the United Nations' and the international community's unwillingness to cooperate while they had issues with America and its allies. NOW, since Iraqis showed their face of steel, the United Nations and the international community want to be the white sheep and offer their help to Iraq. How PETHATIC.
So, why have all the anti-war nations and people softened their opinions about Iraq and Iraqis? The Christian Science Monitor puts it the best:
- Radicals who want clerics to rule lost badly in the election - a sign that Iraqis have learned well from the negative example next door in Iran.
- A welcoming hand is being extended by the winning Shiite parties to the group that largely didn't vote, the minority Sunnis, to help write the nation's constitution.
- The most pro-American group, the Kurds, won enough seats to become the key power broker and force the Shiite parties to woo them as a partner to form a necessary two-thirds majority in the legislative assembly. (Thus, a Kurd may be chosen as president.)
- For the first time, freely elected Iraqi leaders are engaging in political negotiations in which no one really knows the final outcome.
- All winning parties appear committed to the concept that Iraq need not be run by one group holding absolute power, and that strong minority interests should be respected.
- Despite the presence of 130,000 American troops in Iraq and the spending of billions of dollars by the US, the Bush administration appears to have little influence in the back-room talks over who will be selected as president and prime minister.
The last two years taught Iraqis who their friends and foes are. It was an expensive lesson to learn. I don't think we'll ever forget it.
UPDATE 02/16/2005 2:40PM
Off topic. I just received this e-mail from Mithal Al-Alousil via a friend of his:
I would like to inform you that my house has been attacked today 2005- 2- 16 by the terrorists again and this is the third attack through a week ,They are insisting to kill me.
I have been shocked when I called policemen , they didn’t come immediately and they were so careless.
God bless you
Tel.: +964 7901 711 640
I hope someone can help protect his life.