Excerpt from Vote or no vote, we will kill you
Of 1 million eligible expatriate voters, only 10% will actually vote. There are no Sunni Arab candidates (in part because the US military killed - or jailed - many Sunni party and tribal leaders). For any Iraqi in Jordan, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, it will be impossible to cross the border and vote: borders will be closed for three days. Inside Iraq there will be curfews - and even traffic will be blocked. Half of all candidates have already withdrawn. And there will be no international monitors. As the names of the roughly 7,700 candidates on 80 party coalition lists are still unknown on the eve of polling day, no wonder the word on Baghdad's streets is that "the Americans gave us the first secret elections in history".and
The election result is a foregone conclusion: a parliament dominated by Shi'ites, with a few Kurds and no Sunni Arabs. "If you vote we will kill you," says the Sunni resistance to the Iraqi population. "If you don't vote, we will kill you later," says the Pentagon to the Sunni resistance. Under these circumstances the elections cannot possibly be credible, and cannot possibly result in a legitimate government. Only one thing is certain: the guerrilla war afterward will be even bloodier - with ominous civil-war overtones.And we complained about our elections. sheesh.
"We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy." -Abu Musab al-Zarqawi