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This reflection is entitled...

Iraq's Pseudo Elections

The American citizen lives in a world where fantasy is more real than reality, where the image has more dignity than its original ~ Daniel Boorstin

The Iraq elections are a sham with only one intent. Legitimize Allawi's Interim government so we can legally claim the oil, privatize the country and claim a foothold in the Persian gulf .

The so called insurgency are, in reality, freedom fighters who recognize our true intent and are increasingly growing in numbers.

Unfortunately, Americans are the only ones who do not grasp our true intent because of laziness, an unwillingness to see beneath the freedom image presented by the Bush administration, a compliant media and a relentless and deceptive administration spin. Two questions which have never been answered ~ Why are we building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq if we intend to eventually leave ? In this U.S. enforced election at gunpoint ~ who is counting the votes ?

Linda Heard, Gulf News, who correctly predicted this scam two years ago, now adds don't be fooled by occupation in democracy's clothing:

"We would have to be either naïve or on Prozac to believe the Bush administration is poised to walk off into the sunset sans oil and sans face, leaving an Iraqi government representing the Shiite majority free to cozy up to the Iranian ayatollahs . . . Iraqis know that Allawi perpetuates the lie their country is now a sovereign state . . . Allawi is no patriot and if he remains prime minister after the vote, then, as far as I am concerned it was a sham, a pre-arranged set-up just as a Iraqi diplomat confided it would be . . . A paper entitled "Rebuilding America's Defenses" drawn up by the Project for a New American Century in 2000 and signed up to by several top members of the Bush administration suggests US troops need to establish a permanent foothold in the Gulf, while keeping a low profile...Once Iraq is officially stamped a democracy and American soldiers withdraw to a series of permanent bases or behind the walls of the largest and most fortified US embassy in the world, the Strauss-cons will have achieved their objective occupation in democracy's clothing."

Thus the January 30 Iraqi elections have all the trappings of a classic *pseudo-event*, as defined by historian Daniel Boorstin in his famous book, *The Image* (Vintage, 1961). (http://www.cisvt.edu/modernworld/d/boorstin.html)

In *The Image*, Boorstin explains that a "pseudo-event" has four characteristics.

  1. "It is not spontaneous, but comes about because someone has planned, planted, or incited it." This is certainly the case for the Jan. 30 elections -- and we know who's been doing the planning.
  2. "It is planted primarily (not always exclusively) for the immediate purpose of being reported or reproduced . . . Its success is measured by how widely it is reported." This is very much the case for the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq, as any consumer of news media last week, this week, or next week can testify.
  3. "Its relation to the underlying reality of the situation is ambiguous. Its interest arises largely from this very ambiguity . . . Without some of this ambiguity a pseudo-event cannot be very interesting." The Jan. 30 elections fit this criterion to a T: they are ambiguous in the extreme.
  4. "Usually it is intended to be a self-fulfilling prophecy." And this is the very nature of the Jan. 30 elections: by taking place, they fulfill the prediction that they will take place.

As Boorstin wrote in 1961:

"The American citizen thus lives in a world where fantasy is more real than reality, where the image has more dignity than its original. We hardly dare face our bewilderment, because our ambiguous experience is so pleasantly iridescent, and the solace of belief in contrived reality is so thoroughly real. We have become eager accessories to the great hoaxes of the age. These are the hoaxes we play on ourselves."

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