posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:23 PM
Originally posted by FredT
The Association of Muslim Scholars, one of the most influential Sunni groups, has stated that it will abandon its calls for a boycott of the elections
if the U.S. provides a timetable outlining when it will leave Iraq. The U.S. embassy has confirmed this, however experts consider it unlikely that the
U.S. would give such a time table.
The US should leave as soon as the Iraqi government requests it leaves. What would the purpose of having a calender date penciled in?
But if they want one, give them one. If the elections have large participation, then the US has accomplished a large part of its mission there. It
doesn't need to stay until there is no violence, all there needs to be is a popularly elected government there, then the US can and should leave.
Its tempting to say that the US should stay to stabilize the country and to also keep pressure on Iran and Syria. But the greater goal of democratic
revolution in the middle east is far more important than the compartively small benefit of having a mass of troops,on the border, especially when one
considers how quickly troops were sent into iraq in the first place.
The Sunni’s have everything to lose by not participating and perhaps they are rethinking their hard line on boycotting the election. However,
if they choose not to participate, then that is their right under a democratic system.
Its much different than in a regular election. They aren't choosing the leaders of the state for the short term, they are electing representatives
to create the actual form of government. Its imperative that there be wide enough participation to ensure legitimacy for the new government. Non
participation by the Sunnis would be like virginia not sending representatives to the american Constitutional Congress.
However, they should not come crying to the U.N. about their lack of representation in what would become an all Shiite government.
Any group not participating in the election will be outside the government, not represented in it, and be at complete odds with it in struggle for
domination. I suspect that the Sunnis will put two and two together and vote, but this 'scholars association' not participating might mean that
their line of thought will not be represented in the new government, and there will have to be some sort of power struggle.