Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Hate The War

Ernesto Londono (Washington Post) reports on the banning of two prominent candidates in Iraq and the extra-legal 'commission' doing the banning. Ali al-Lami -- of the commission -- is mentioned and quoted but he never admits to giving Ahmed Chalabi prostate massages and he, no doubt, wishes those mean rumors would just fade away. Londono does note, "The exact criteria used to disqualify people have not been clearly explained" -- apparently the criteria dare not speak its name -- not unlike the bond between al-Lami and Chalabi.

This was supposed to be the 'transformative' moment in Iraqi 'democracy,' for those who have forgotten. It's not that now. It's not even credible now.

The world has seen -- those who chose to look -- that Little Nouri and his Band of Thug-bois will do anything to wipe out political opponents. Which, after all, is why the Interior Ministry has been able to act with impunity all these years Nouri's been in power.

Little Nouri can't win a fair fight, so he fixes it.

That's the reality.

And he may still lose.

He's the State & Law candidate . . .

. . . who let Blackwater slip away in 2007 after the September 16th massacre.

. . . who can't stop the bombings in Baghdad and is openly mocked.

. . . who delivered nothing to the people in all his years of power.

. . . who couldn't stop female suicide bombers even with Daughters Of Iraq, female police officers and a huge reward for tips on bombers.

. . . who couldn't even protect government buildings let alone the Iraqi people.

. . . who all this time later still can't open the Baghdad museum.

That's Nouri. The ultimate failure. So it's understandable that he feels the need to cheat. That's an automatic impulse. But many of us exercise impulse control and restraint.

Nouri knows nothing about that.

And it shows. And as the world watches Iraq prepare for elections, they see Nouri and his cronies rigging the results to favor him.

'Democracy'? Not right now. All you see if you look closely is Little Nouri angling real hard to be the new Saddam.

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

Last Thursday, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4375. Tonight? 4376.

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