Baghdad, Iraq - While the battle for
Fallujah was being fought house by house and building by
building another battle was taking place out of the
limelight, but with the very real possibility to dismantle
all the efforts of the past 18 months in Iraq.
Called the Electoral
Assistance Team, the division of United Nations in charge of
the elections is quietly doing its thing.
It all looks good and
democratic and forward looking on the surface, but the plans
for an upcoming January 30 election threaten to dismantle
all the progress made in Iraq.
"We do not want any
voting by any Iraqis outside the country" said Carlos
Valenzuela, Director of the Electoral Assistance Team
recently at the Iraq Donors Conference in Tokyo.
representation system which we have put together for Iraq
will be the easiest to accomplish and will help move Iraq
forward." he continued.
When confronted with the
question "Will not the proposed system which does not allow
for any local representation favor large, organized groups
and hand Iraq over to Moslem radicals" Mr. Valenzuela became
very defensive saying to me saying "That is up to the Iraqis
brought back to my mind a similar one over a year ago in
Baghdad with another UN Representative this time in charge
of Human Rights for Iraq.
It was the same
anti-American, pro-radical Moslem attitude that I have
encountered so many times in my nearly two years in Iraq.
Another example of the
group of outsiders involved in all aspects of the postwar
arrangements in Iraq doing all they can in a systematic way
to turn it, against the will of its leadership as well as
people into a radical Moslem state.
The truth of the matter
is that the electoral system being put in place in Iraq by
the UN is designed to turn the victory that is day by day
taking hold in Iraq into a defeat and cause what could not
be done voluntarily or on the battlefield - The Islamic
Republic of Iraq.
Simply because it sounds
complicated and officials were able to fool L. Paul Bremer
who in one of his last acts as administrator of Iraq under
the Coalition Provisional Authority approved the system by
which the election is being planned is very dangerous.
Simply put what it does
is instead of giving representation to local areas and
representatives it forces a nationwide system or
It would be akin to doing
away with all Senators and Representatives in Congress who
are elected by state and have them all elected not to
represent their areas but just the whole United States.,
275 representatives are
being proposed to be chosen based on a nationwide
representation with no local responsibility or relationship.
What it does simply is
hands power in the country over to whomever has the largest
and meanest election machine - the radical Shiite regimes
supported by neighboring Iran.
"In many ways it will
favor small groups and parties if they can get organized"
explained Valenzuela but when pressed for details he became
There it was again, that
strong radical, agenda pushing attitude I have seen so often
In particular for the
Assyrian Christians and other minorities in Iraq struggling
to preserve their basic rights and freedoms in the land that
was once theirs until the Arabs invaded from the south it is
an unmitigated disaster.
It will force the
Assyrian Christians to join forces with others of completely
different beliefs and ideology simply to survive and will
take away from them any kind of regional representation
which is the only way they can survive as a minority in a
seal of Moslems.
Will the United States
and the Allies allow Victory to be turned into defeat by the
forces of the UN determined to turn Iraq into another
radical Moslem state or will the deaths of over 1200 brave
young men and women who gave their lives so that Iraq would
be free, democratic and have a chance be betrayed.
Ironically in a recent
meeting with various Ministers in the Iraqi Government I was
shocked to hear their biggest complaint with the US
Officials in charge of the Coalition Provisional Authority
and now the Embassy, "They force us in the name of diversity
to accept radical Moslem elements that we do not want to. It
seems at times they are more Moslem than we are" they said.
The Iraqi Governing
Council voted that the Iraqi constitution contain no mention
of religion or ideology, but article 7 of the constitution
says at the insistence of the Americans in charge and against
the vote of the Iraqis "Islam is the religion of the state"
I will never forget the
the words I have head over and over and over when asking an
exhausted soldier "Why are you here"
They always seem to say
the same thing "Just doing my job, sir - just want to see
the Iraqis have a chance to be free like we are"
On January 30th unless
something is done immediately to change the proportional
representation electoral system the United Nations will
snatch the hard earned victory that is Iraq away from its
people and hand it over electorally to the radical Moslems
waiting in the wings.
Is it no wonder that the
strongest proponents of the election are the radical Moslem
clerics in Iraq themselves.
While there is time say
"no" to the UN. They were wrong about the war and they are
wrong again about the Peace.
The deaths of 1200 brave
young men and women demand nothing less.