In a move that reminds me of extranationals talking about the American election this month, apparently ministers from other Arabic states are squawking about the Iraqi elections due this January:
Violence and boycotts could yet stop promised Iraqi elections going ahead on time, Arab ministers said, despite Baghdad’s confident assertion the landmark vote would be held on January 30.
Iraq had somewhat upstaged a major international conference in Egypt on its future by announcing the date for the first post-Saddam Hussein elections a day before the meeting opened.
But not everyone was impressed by its confidence.
So let’s run down the list. Doubters include:
- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit
- Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki
- an Arab delegate to the conference, speaking on condition of anonymity
- Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khodr
Hey, here’s a hearty cup of butt the hell out for those representatives of undemocratic societies who have sound bites about sacred democracy. You know what happens if the Sunnis boycott? They don’t vote. Choosing not to participate does not render the decision of the participants invalid. It just means you have to wait until the next election to choose again whether or not to participate.