Quote of the Day: Desmond Tutu

On what grounds do we decide that Robert Mugabe should go the International Criminal Court, Tony Blair should join the international speakers’ circuit, bin Laden should be assassinated, but Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as Mr Bush’s chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein?

— Desmond Tutu (The Observer)

Our Leaders Hate Democracy

It’s true, especially in countries we depend on for oil. Democracy gets in the way. Democracy cedes control to the people. “The people” of Iraq don’t want what American policymakers want. What good is that? We’re the United States of America. We’re supposed to get what we want.

Earlier this year, Iraq held an election for prime minister. “The people” split their votes: half for Nouri al-Maliki, half for Ayad Allawi. In such a contested election, the Parliament decides.

In Parliament, a large bloc of voters, known as the “Sadrists,” were undecided. In American politics, we’d call them “swing voters.” Their votes would swing the election either to al-Maliki or Allawi.

American policymakers don’t like the Sadrists. Muqtada al-Sadr and his followers repeatedly called for an end to the American occupation of Iraq, and their hardline brand of Shiite Islam aligns them with the Ayatollah of Iran.   Continue reading “Our Leaders Hate Democracy”