Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

iraqi democracy...

Well, Iraq is now officially a democracy. Good luck to them I say. It's now up to them to shape their own political and therefore their economic future. Eight million voted. Eight suicide bombers blew themselves up killing thirty people. I would say democracy has a strong presence there now.

In the light of this, I think the insurgents should put down their arms now and get involved in the democratic process to pursue their political aims in a peaceful way. Peaceful People Power should now be the new force in the Iraqi politics of dissent.

The Iraqis must now make sure that they get a constitution that gives them true freedom. The freedom to nationalise foreign interests operating on their soil, the freedom to create a working model of democratic secular socialism should they wish it, the freedom to sell their oil to whomever they choose and at whatever price they wish, the freedom to ask the Yanks to fuck off home and bloody well stay there!

Of course they'll be given no such freedoms at all... Their constitution and political system will be puppeteered by America to make sure US "interests" are permanently and solidly entrenched in Iraq and that its oil is utterly controlled by US and British interests.

And because this new Iraqi "democracy" will turn out to be just another sham controlled by the US, I suspect the insurgency will continue for quite some time yet.

Pity the Iraqis don't yet understand the awsome effectiveness of Peaceful People Power. With the right kind of peaceful mass protests using thousands of camcorders to record any US and UK attrocities, they could literally drive the Yanks and the Brits off their land, but they would first need to learn to be united and to act peacefully. Where is Iraq's Gandhi?


Blogger the urban fox said...

Good to see you back, Gerry. Top post, you hit the nail right on the head about the need for Peaceful People Power (and what a great slogan). It has to be the only way, and I share your hope that it happens soon. I also share your pessimism about the security situation if the occupation continues. What a mess.

February 01, 2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

Excellent post, Gerry. My thoughts exactly, but much better than I managed to word them earlier today.

February 01, 2005 3:45 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Fox, Jenni, you guys are way too kind. But keep it up, I'm a praise junkie. :-)

February 01, 2005 5:56 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Iraq's Gandhi? He's HERE

February 01, 2005 11:36 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Nah, Tony, he's one of us Aussie bloggers. Good to see you drop in, Tony.

February 01, 2005 11:50 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yes, I know he's an Aussie blogger but I had to answer your question. The Mahatma would achieve nothing in Iraq.

"I think the insurgents should put down their arms now...." No, really?

The euphoria about the arrival of democracy is misplaced. Remember the successful elections in Vietnam and what followed, and don't forget that Hitler was elected legally, constitutionally and democratically.

Still, good luck to the Iraqis, indeed.

February 02, 2005 12:18 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Tony, I'm serious about the potential effectiveness of peaceful people power. It just needs a political pardigm shift. You seem to be even more cynical than I am, Tony. I'm trying to postulate solutions. You got better ones?

Or do you just get off on trashing mine? Being a knocker is easy. It's the easiest thing in the world.

But I think that if one is going to knock something one has a moral obligation to put forth a suggested solution or one may just as well just shut the fuck up. I'm saying this to myself just as much as I'm saying it to you, Tony.

There you go now, Tony, you've got a whole bunch of brand new reasons for prancing off in a huff of high dudgeon again.

Or you could just stay and debate the topic. But please leave your sarcasm outside the door or I'll bury you in it, boyo.

February 02, 2005 12:59 AM  

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