Key Iraqi political parties including Secular Groups, Sunni, Kurds, and Christians are demanding a hold be placed on the Iraqi election scheduled for
January 30, for up to six months or at least until the polling stations can be secure. President Bush insists he is hopeful the elections will be held
as scheduled in January. Iraq it seems may put democracy on hold. Is this a small victory for terrorists and insurgents in Iraq?
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The New York Times reported that the group included parties led by Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and Sunni elder statesman Adnan
Pachachi. Both men are backers of U.S. policy in Iraq. The two main Kurdish parties also supported a postponement. The Kurds have also been strong
The declaration was signed at Pachachi's home during a meeting attended by three Cabinet ministers.
Asked about their demand for the election to be postponed, President Bush, at his vacation home in Texas, said, "The Iraqi Election Commission has
scheduled elections in January, and I would hope they'd go forward in January."
But Iraq's deputy prime minister told an audience Friday in Wales that sticking to the election timetable would be difficult because of the security
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Is the reality of the crisis and continued violence in Iraq escaping President Bush?
It seems that Democracy will be delayed.. Or is it being denied?
The Iraqi people need this election, but the U.S. may need it more because it has promised the world free and fair elections in Iraq under the banner
of democracy and freedom. It is also a signal that Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people. However it seems that the Iraqi political parties are not yet
ready to have control over their own contry, and for good reason. Iraq is very near out of control of both U.S. and Iraqi forces. If the common Iraqi
does not feel safe enough to vote, would the results really speak for the Iraqi people? This could indeed be a small victory for terrorists and
insurgents in Iraq if the elections are held up out of fear or security issues.
Is Iraq a better place now?
Can democracy ever work in this Islamic nation?
It seems we could have to wait up to six months longer than expected to find out.
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[edit on 27-11-2004 by UM_Gazz]