Goodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 917 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2378 times:
Just to let you know, this was not an "election," but if none of you read the actual story, how would you be able to know that? It was a referendum asking whether the Iraqis will allow Hussein to continue as leader for the next 7 years.
KLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
The news here just said that there are no envelopes to hide your ballot, so your vote is exposed to everyone around. And with a government official in front of each ballot box, I sure can't imagine anyone would not vote for him!!!
This is the funniest election since Florida and the 2000 hanging Chad ordeal...
Zeus01 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
Interesting bit on the news tonight. Within 11 days after his initial election, he began executing people for standing up to him. A video showed him in a congress type meeting and someone spoke against him. The man was removed infront of everyone and executed outside. Kind of sad.
A gallery of 28 portraits of Saddam dominated the corridor where voters registered their names. He was depicted in familiar fashion as soldier, Bedouin chief and philosopher, with brow furrowed in pious reflection. Saddam the family man was also on display, wearing only swimming trunks, playing with two children in the surf and building sandcastles.
No polling booths were provided and people marked their crosses in blood or pencil. They then fought their way to the ballot box, most displaying their papers above their heads, ensuring that no one could mistake their Yes vote.
This atmosphere of organised hysteria ensured a 99.96 per cent vote for Saddam in the last referendum in 1995 and yesterday's exercise in Iraqi democracy will deliver a similar triumph.
Voting regulations are notably relaxed. A six-year old boy cast his vote in Tikrit, amid much acclaim. In the nearby town of Aldour, British subjects were allowed to vote. After a light-hearted request, a ballot paper was thrust into my hand and men chanting "We love Saddam" propelled me towards the ballot box.
The official in charge brandished a voting slip, pointing towards the box carrying the Arabic for Yes. I managed to slip through a side exit.
The neighbouring village of Altouz vied with Tikrit in displays of loyalty. Hundreds of schoolchildren outside a polling station, chanted "we give our hearts for Saddam".
The children wilted in the oppressive heat. Again and again, their teachers had to rouse them into renewed chanting. Some sobbed quietly, stealing furtive glances to left and right before dabbing their eyes with the hems of their party dresses.
Clearly, he should be retained as an electoral consultant to the Republican Party ... oh, I get it, this is why Bush is adamant about bumping him off ... the Democrats got there first!! The truth comes out!