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Mendacity and the Recent Iraq Elections

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The Times has a review of Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections that is written from a rather blatant pro-occupation standpoint. Our main client, Nuri al-Malki, the current Prime Minister, has apparently just lost, leaving Iraq’s future “uncertain” and maybe provoking “violence that could threaten plans to withdraw American troops.”

The rest of the article covers how our client is outraged that he lost and demands a recount, something of which the Times would seem to approve. The Times quotes some scary-sounding US generals to justify its fears of “violence”, even though very little has yet occurred. Then comes the obligatory “one side says – the other side says”, as they give us a couple spot interviews with Allawi supporters and detractors. They end the article with speculation that Allawi may¬† not be able to form a government, and if this is the case, the Prime Ministership will go back into the hands of our faithful client Maliki. After reading the article one gets the distinct impression that the Iraqis have to choose between Allawi and Maliki, with Al-Sadr (the “anti-American cleric) a somewhat distant third.

Mind-bogglingly, The Times completely neglects to mention that Ayad Allawi is also an American client, having led the Iraqi interim government along with Ahmed Chalabi, the main Iraqi collaborator in the US invasion. (It was Chalabi that sold us fake records of Saddam’s WMD program). I cannot wrap my mind around why The Times would not consider this important information. All they say is that Allawi was “once derided as an American puppet”, a phrase that gives the distinct impression Allawi has stoped collaborating with the US – but he hasn’t.

By focusing primarily on the mysterious “violence” that may or may not occur as a result of this election, the Times elides the true scandal of this election, that only pro-occupation candidates are allowed to win. Hyping up this rather pathetic squabble between to very similar candidates does nothing to help us understand the political undercurrents in Iraq. Al-Sadr was mentioned only once in this article (as a “possible kingmaker”), but remains largely irrelevant to the narrative The Times purveys, one which seeks to justify further US occupation of Iraq and gives voice only to candidates who will ensure that.

Written by pavanvan

March 27, 2010 at 11:46 am