Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Iraq Elections' Objections Abound ...

22 December 2005

Iraq Elections' Objections Abound ...

Traveling to and from hospital every day for five days takes up a lot of time. It's terribly tiring too. And it's taken it's toll on This Old Brit, this week. So, TFI Friday tomorrow; the fifth and final day of a series of ongoing tests, he's been having to undergo.

Hence the less frequent than usual number of blog posts. But normal service should soon be resumed --- whether you like it or not, me darling old dearies.

And while his semi-regular writing activities have - self confessedly - suffered somewhat, his rapacious readings most certainly haven't. The fact is, that they've actually increased. And boy, what a bloody lot there's been to keep up and cope with -- on either side of the Atlantic.

So when This Old Brit finally found some time [and energy] to start to do some posting again -- subject-wise, he was spoilt for choice.

However, he settled on saying something about the recent Iraq elections. Maybe more accurately, he settled on seeking to spread some news stories regarding said aforementioned subject. News that comes from much 'closer to home' - ie: nearer the actual country concerned in the latest elections-question.

Surprisingly - or perhaps not - depending upon how unquestioningly one accepts the [expected] Anglo American spun-stuff, things definitely do not seem to be as straightforward as the western mainstream media are appearing to make out they are. Far from it, in fact.

Claims that the whole election spectacle wasn't anything more than one bloody big fiddle, have been made by no less than 35 different political groups in Iraq.

Yep. You read that right; 35 different ones.

Such seems the strength of feelings, that talk of large scale legislative boycots are already, absolutely abounding.

Here's the latest pertinent piece from - the so far still unbombed, unbowed and intact - alJazeera.


Anonymous bluey said...

Sorry to hear you're having health worries Brit. I hope everything turns out ok. And all best wishes for Christmas to all.

As for rigged Iraq elections ~ hee, hee - who expected the results to be any more honest than the USA's own ? Anyone ?

2:43 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

He's now turned down calls for an enquiry into the US 'torture' flight landings & take offs.

(Happy Xmas all. And hope test results are good Richard)

6:06 pm  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

Good to see you back in the saddle on yer blog, Richard!

Best wishes for a happy Christmas -- and for excellent test results!

8:41 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

bluey, rex and mark,

Thanks a lot fellahs. And the same best wishes to you. May we all enjoy only health, wealth and happiness - for a long, long time to come.

10:40 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

If it wasn't so serious it would be funny. Diebold didn't do the count did they? {joking)
**Get well soon Old Brit and have a merry Christmas - everybody.

12:59 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Welcome Back- Hope you are doing okay... been missing my dose of the trip across the pond...I am not shocked at all that there could or would be voter problems in Iraq...sadly this is going to be an ongoing problem...and while that unravels more is unraveling over on this side of the pond- spying on people- onshore andoffshore, illegal...The King ( the King George ) will have to face Impeachment, since he has defecated on the Constitution....Richard , the enigma sends many Christmas Blessings your way and hope that you are being taken care of by kindly souls and recieving alot of TLC, if not this grumpy ol'nurse will have to come over there throttle some nurses....much love ....many hugs...

1:54 am  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Hello, Richard,
And Merry Christmas to you and your family!!
Take care of yourself. Your posts have not suffered.

Shall we wish BLiar and BushCo a Happy Christmas? Will it change their hearts? Kind of hard to imagine.

You wonder how the US/UK is going to "fix" this "election" in Iraq. Will this be the excuse to attack Iran?

3:53 pm  
Anonymous longtimelurker said...

I've got some Xmas wishes for Blair and Bush but I dare not use that kind of language here.

For everyone else .... all the best!

And am crossing fingers for those tests Richard ... you'll be fine.

4:10 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

Richard - here's hoping that your test results are negative and that you will be fighting fit for many years. I am just 'stunned' at the election results - voter fraud what a shock. The coalition's handpicked maidens tossed out by the electorate - what a surprise. However, the administration still thinks the election was a ginormous success - what are they smoking?

5:34 pm  
Anonymous dubhaltach said...

Happy Christmas to you and yours Richard I hope the test results give good news.

(Break Over: Now back to being tyrannised in the kitchen by a family friend who has come to stay)

6:32 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

kiwi, enigma, dff, longtime, graniab and dubhaltach.

Thanks a million. Here's hoping you all have a very happy & peaceful Christmas.

Likewise, everyone else, everywhere.

9:01 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


12:16 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

We need a new Christmas truce like in 1914.

Happy times for you, Richard. May your blog bloom a thousand flowers in the future.

12:31 pm  
Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Happy Christmas to you Richard and to all your readers. Thanks for the wonderful blog and writing you do!


8:17 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

I've been absent for awhile and likely to be off again for awhile, but I wanted to stop by and leave a greeting ....

Hope you your wife have enjoyed a Happy Çhristmas today and the Best of Wishes for the New Year!

Sure glad that hospital 5-day routine is behind you!

Hugs, Rosemary

2:21 am  
Blogger Richard said...

elaine, jultra and rosemary,

Thanks so much. You're all truly lovely people. So, here I am sending the same, sincere sentiments straight back at ya!


1:45 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Update: People are now out protesting in the streets.

Iraqis condemn 'election fraud'

Protests have been gaining momentum over several days

Thousands of Iraqis have staged a protest in Baghdad about results from the recent parliamentary elections, which they say were tainted by fraud.

Demonstrators chanted slogans alleging the polls were rigged in favour of the governing Shia religious bloc.

Some politicians have been calling for a campaign of civil disobedience if their complaints about the election are not properly investigated.

Marchers carried banners supporting Sunni Arab and secular Shia candidates.

They called for a national unity government to be set up that would share power more widely among Iraq's different communities.

"We're protesting to reject the elections fraud," said one protester quoted by Associated Press.

2:56 pm  

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