The U.S. has a tradition of voting fraud. In 2000, this was brought
to the forefront with the "appointment" of Bush to the presidency.
His opponent gathered almost a million more votes than Bush, yet, because of
the quirks of the U.S. voting system called the Electoral College, Bush won.
The state of Florida was up in the air. Had Gore won it, he would have been
the president. The world saw the fiasco the ensued: tens of thousands of voters,
mostly for Gore, had their votes nullified. The votes of many others just disappeared.
Today’s U.S. election frauds are mostly due to hi-tech anomalies, but
those of the recent past were much more blatant. Former U.S. President Lyndon
Johnson won his first race for the U.S. Senate in 1948 under suspicious circumstances.
When the votes were counted, he lost by a hundred or so. Johnson demanded a
recount and, miraculously, 287 votes were found that had not originally been
counted. Of the 287, 286 were for Johnson. Coincidentally, the 287 people voted
in alphabetical order, and some had been dead for a while. They were so enthused
about a Johnson senate seat that they rose from the dead to vote for him.
Like every other dishonest U.S. tradition that has surfaced in the "new"
Iraq (bribery, disappearance of billions of dollars, brutality, etc.), the good
old American tradition of fraudulent voting is already in place in Iraq. Every
side in the recent "elections" has called foul. In some instances,
the prevailing party gained more votes than the number of registered voters.
Nobody is happy, even the victors who stated that they should have received
more votes than the bogus ones already accumulated.
One group that has been left totally out of the picture is the Turkmen of Iraq.
Today, I received a press release from the Netherlands-based Iraqi Turkmen Human
Rights Research Foundation. In addition, I received a few pictures of voting
shenanigans that occurred in the Kurdish area of Iraq. Evidently, many pre-teen
youngsters voted, and voted more than once. The camera caught them wiping off
the ink on their hands that was affixed to show they had voted. Once the hands
were clean, they lined up to vote again.
Here are a few highlights from the press release:
Thousands of voters, particularly the Kurds, have been seen voting several
times in a day in one election center. Simple papers and illegal documents
have been accepted by the Kurdish managing team to allow Kurdish voters to
cast their votes.
Distribution of voters to election stations had been achieved manually,
which made the direction of a voter to a specific station possible. This factor
facilitated the use of multiple voting by singe voters.
In the Kurdish quarters of Turkmen regions, particularly in the Kerkuk province,
the Kurds had been left freehand to behave as they wanted. All types of manipulations
had been achieved. The observers of the Iraqi Turkmen parties and civil organizations
have been insulted, bitten and prevented to enter the election centers by
high-ranking Kurdish police, particularly in the election centers of Kurdish
quarters, for example" Rahim Awa, Shorja, and Imam Kasim. The number
of Kurdish voters who were registered by the Kurds in these three quarters
is about 160,000, in spite of the total population of them being not more
Bush hailed the Iraqi elections as a mighty victory. He maintained that Iraq
will now become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. In fact, the elections
were even more crooked than the one he manipulated to become president.
I have yet to see a negative word in the U.S. press about the elections. However,
international media have brought up the issue. In The Netherlands, a video published
by the daily newspaper Volkskrant was shown on December 15 that was titled "Easily
Removable Democracy." It highlighted scenes of people washing their hands
and voting more than once. Underage voters took great advantage of the voting
mechanisms in Iraq.
The new democratic Iraq has quickly established an age-old American tradition
of voting fraud: vote early and vote often.