Asymptotically we'll all be dead
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2009/06/oslo-update.htmlJune 15, 2009But have you noticed? Saudi propagandists are outraged about the Iranian election. Saudi propagandists insist that fair and free elections be held at once in Iran. Kid you not. Good night.-- As'ad AbuKhalil
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2009/06/western-primer-on-elections-in.htmlJune 13, 2009Western Primer on Elections in Developing Countries Some Western principles in assessing elections in developing countries:1) When the favored candidates win, the elections are free and fair. And when they lose, elections are certainly unfree and stolen.2) Violent protests against elections that produce winners favored by the West, are to be strictly condemned and protesters are to be called terrorists, hooligans and mobs (can you imagine if Lebanese opposition supporters were to engage in violent protests against the election results in Lebanon), while violent protests against enemies of the US when they win elections (like in Moldova) are to be admired (and the protesters in those cases are called "democracy activists".3) It is not against free elections to have Western governments interfere in elections and in funding candidates through Western groups for the promotion of democracy.4) Candidates (or even dictators) who serve Western interests are automatically labeled as "reform candidates" (even the Saudi tyrant is referred to as "reform-minded"), while candidates who oppose Western economic and political interests are to be labeled enemies of reform....6) Western observers of elections are always on hand to declare an election unfair and rigged if the favored candidates lose.7) The corruption of pro-US candidates (like the March 14 bunch in Lebanon) is preferred to the corruption of, say, Mugabe.8) The democratic credentials of dictators immediately improve if they change their policies toward the US and if they express willingness to serve US economic and political interests.9) Countries where dictators do a good job in serving US economic and political interests need not hold elections.10) If favored candidates can't guarantee electoral victory (like the Palestinian Authority's Abu Mazen, whose term has expired months ago), they don't need to hold elections and will be treated as if they won an election anyway.11) It is just not logical to assume that people in developing countries can freely ever decide to make choices that are not consistent with political and economic interests of the US....-- As'ad AbuKhalil
Guy cares nothing at all about the destruction of Gaza or needless wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But, guy goes nuts about Iran about which guy knows nothing unless guy managed to learn Farsi over the weekend.
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