Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 - 2:08 a.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Two Months to Pick a Leader?
Previous entry tonight with Halloween photos here.
Someone on the radio just made an excellent point.
How long did the American citizens have to listen to candidate debates, public speeches, media information etc on the presidential candidates for their election. When did they start registering voters, and sending in overseas ballots etc? And they already knew what democracy was and how to vote.
They are saying that Iraq will have its first democratic elections in January. That is about two months away.
Where are the candidates? Are they getting out to meet the people? Is Iraqi mass media getting their message out, what their qualifications are, what their budget, domestic and international platforms and plans so that the Iraqis will know who they want to vote for? Are debates being held, conventions, door to door canvassing? Registration of voters? Voting booths and machines being set up?
Is there a national campaign to inform people about democracy? About how voting works? How to register, where to vote, when to vote??
Hmm. Seems the US had about a year to deal with all of this. Not two months with war within their borders.
How the hell can elections mean anything if Iraqis don't know the difference between the candidates and cannot question them on their stands on issues??
Makes you stop and think doesn't it.
Two months. With most places not having power, let alone tv service and mail.
Well, I'm sure that the well-informed public will make an excellent and free decision.
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