posted on Jan, 23 2003 @ 05:59 AM
"Saddam, an elected leader ? You're playing with the words Lupe. Sure, he has been elected, you right. BUT HE WAS ALONE ON THE RUN AND IT WAS
SOMETHING LIKE " VOTE 4 ME OR DIE " "
Your missing the point.
I can't prove that Bush got in to power democratically, I can't prove he didn't intimodate opposition, or voters or rig the elections. I can't
prove blair didn't either.
Similarly, although its pretty obvious saddam did get elected unfairly, I can't prove this.
no one can.
The problem here is that a democratic election hinges on one very flimsy suposition. that the election is actually democratic.
If one starts suggesting that one countrys democratic election was rigged then we must also accept that other democratic elections may also have been
rigged, This isn't a question of not liking who got into power or which party you support its a question of supporting the democratic process.
If we stop supporting the democratic process in one country, then it undermines the process in all other countrys allowing any loosing party to claim
they did so due to foul play on the part of the other party.
If, instead of going home with their tail between their legs grumbling that the person they voted for didn't get into power, the voters of the
loosing opposition rose up and shouted foul play, we would have anarchy on our hands, especially in the US where the election was so close it could
split the country in two.
There is more at stake here than Saddam and Iraq, If we don't show parity in our dealings with the democracys of other countrys no matter how obvious
it is that the democracy is a sham, we open up a huge can of worms both at home and abroad.
BTW there was an opposition to saddam, his name escapes me, he pulled out just before the vote, however I do remember him saying that he didn't
his view was that he risked his life by staying in however no matter how rigged the election, the fact that there was one had introduced the concept
of democracy to the people of Iraq, and that over time, this would lead to a more democratic system.
I believe he was right.
Unfortunately we're about to # that up by bombing any chance they had of evolving that wa back to the stone age...again.