Iraq vote totals seem engineered.
January 2, 2007 10:03pm CST
Two weeks to count the vote is a long time to engineer the election outcome. One of the features of a fair election is that local vote totals are announced publicly and simultaneously, so that there is no clear incentive to change the vote totals by fraudulent means. That wasn't a feature of the 2005 Iraq elections. One way to verify the results is to correllate the Shi'ite vote with its voting precinct support. For example, there may be numerous precincts that are 100% Shi'ite by population, but voted only 70% Shi'ite party on election day, or where turnout was unusually low for some reason. Imagine a scenario where most Shi'ite precincts turned out at 80% and voted Shi'ite 100%, but where some turned out at only 30-40%. The strangely lower turnout in such heavy areas of support might indicate that votes were thrown out after the ballot boxes were delivered to a central location for counting. The Sunni boycott is also an important factor. Shi'ites wouldn't side with Iranian Shi'ites against Saddam, but they are less predictable against the USA. Sunnis are the core of the insurgency. Shi'ites and Sunnis could just as easily form a coalition against the USA and in suppport of an Islamic Regime, which would take in Shi'ites, Sunnis, and others opposed to the occupation. Maybe a boycott of the election is the reason why Shi'ites did not go to the polls as expected. Maybe substantial numbers of Shi'ites already side with the Sunni insurgency. Maybe the Shi'ite boxes were not robbed to lower the Shi'ite strength in the new government, but stuffed with extra ballots to make it appear that the Sunni boycott did not spread into Shi'ite areas. Weak reporting by the mainstream western media leaves so many valid questions unanswered, and suggests that they are only writing down what is told to them by USA government.