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Posted by Linda Howell on March 25, 2003 at 16:27:15:
In Reply to: I stand corrected posted by Bah on March 25, 2003 at 13:56:04:
Gerrymander is almost the right description for what happened - especially when they went looking to exclude Floridan votes by searching for possible Florida 'felons' in other states (such as Texas).
I particularly liked the bit about an actual election official who was knocked off the register because he shared a name or date of birth with a putative felon! Thousands of black democrats were disenfranchised secretly. Sinn Fein or Jock Haughey could learn a few things from these boys! Mr Gerry from Minnesota would be delighted too.
And to say that it's all over now and GW won and everyone should be happy because that's 'democracy' is not a good enough answer - especially now.
That the USA could be duped in this way is tragic especially in light of what is now unfolding as a result of the 'coup' as MM puts it.
When you realise that when 20 or so US soldiers were killed in Mogadishu the US pulled out as it could not endure any more military deaths in the late 20thC. The biggest engagement since the Vietnam war caused a shiver down the spine.
What will happen if thousands of US troops and Iraqi civilians are killed simply because one man(?) was too impatient too wait for the inspectors to finish their job? (The Iraqi toll may already be over the 1000 mark after less than a week.)
What if this man who is documented pretty convincingly as being an alcoholic, semi-literate, convicted drink driver felon - arrested disturber of the peace - and now scarily the occupant of the Whitehouse on minority vote becomes impatient again? But impatient this time with the slow progress of his soldiers surrounding Baghdad and Basra and frustrated at the mounting numbers of flag-draped coffins returning under the keen eye of embedded cameras?
What if he simply orders these cities to be flattened regardless of civilian casualties. What then?