Bush insists Iraq poll will bring peace

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    Bush insists Iraq poll will bring peace
    By Guy Dinmore in Washington
    Published: January 7 2005 20:22 | Last updated: January 7 2005 20:22

    President George W. Bush on Friday rejected warnings from a prominent adviser that elections in Iraq this month could precipitate a slide into civil war, insisting that the polls would lead to peace even if there were a low turnout among the minority Sunnis...
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  3. by   Mkue
    We can hope for Peace.
  4. by   Thunderwolf
    Bush insists Iraq poll will bring peace

    ......really?
  5. by   Elenaster
    He reminds me of the captian of the Titanic......
  6. by   Fluesy
    Well, he WAS right about the end of the war last time
  7. by   URO-RN
    Quote from Tigerlily
    We can hope for Peace.

    I wonder how Iraqis feel when they read about how the rest of the world seems to say, "Don't bother, your country will never be successful". Talk about taking away peoples hope...no one has a right to do that.
  8. by   Roy Fokker
    I'm kinda divided on this issue - inspite of all the mockery and laughter, India continues to hold elections in Kashmir. Through all claims of fraud and trechery, mixed with reports of thuggery and terrorism - there are still elections being held.

    There's still some kind of hope.

    That said - the Indians have paid a very, very heavy price in blood, to have the abilitiy to hold elections there. And for all the incompetence in the Indian Govt. atleast they are holding fast to this concept of franchise instead of going the easy route and making Kashmir a police State.

    Iraq isn't going anywhere anytime soon - and I'm not being a pessimist or putting the Iraquis down - just cold hard facts.

    Democracy didn't come overnight to India or to Kashmir. It's not going to come that easy to Iraq neither.

    For the Administration to have assumed that this would be a prick-aspirate-push-swab-wipe-and-patch job shows either gross incompetence, negligence or ignorance.
  9. by   Mkue
    Quote from Jo Anne
    I wonder how Iraqis feel when they read about how the rest of the world seems to say, "Don't bother, your country will never be successful". Talk about taking away peoples hope...no one has a right to do that.
    Especially since the Iraqi's suffered so much under Saddam, they have no idea what it means to be free and have the right to vote. For me I guess it's not so much a victory for the US but a victory for the Iraqi's and a loss for the Terrorists that is why I'm hoping for success for Iraq. Not everyone is hopeful for success..especially the Terrorists/insurgants and I would like to see them defeated.
  10. by   Mkue
    Democracy didn't come overnight to India or to Kashmir. It's not going to come that easy to Iraq neither.

    For the Administration to have assumed that this would be a prick-aspirate-push-swab-wipe-and-patch job shows either gross incompetence, negligence or ignorance.
    Actually, I recall Pres Bush stating many times that this would not be easy and at times would be very trying and difficult. I was reminded of how difficult wars can be when I watched a documentary the other evening about WWII..how difficult it was for American/British/Canadian troops to fight the Nazi/German resistance.
  11. by   Fluesy
    Quote from Jo Anne
    I wonder how Iraqis feel when they read about how the rest of the world seems to say, "Don't bother, your country will never be successful". Talk about taking away peoples hope...no one has a right to do that.
    Wonder how Iraqis feel to have thier country ripped apart and only get empty promises about rebuilding. I wonder how they feel when they see thier children dying from leukaemia and know that they have twice been seeded with depleted Uranium??? I wonder how they feel when a "liberation" army did not go home but came and guarded the oilfields and not the weapons stores or the borders??? Somehow I think that one person making one comment on the internet (which most cannot access anyway) is going to amount to anything compared to what is actually happening there.
  12. by   Mkue
    I'm kinda divided on this issue - inspite of all the mockery and laughter, India continues to hold elections in Kashmir. Through all claims of fraud and trechery, mixed with reports of thuggery and terrorism - there are still elections being held.
    we have those same claims here in the US..fraud, trechery and thugs.
  13. by   URO-RN
    Quote from Fluesy
    Wonder how Iraqis feel to have thier country ripped apart and only get empty promises about rebuilding. I wonder how they feel when they see thier children dying from leukaemia and know that they have twice been seeded with depleted Uranium??? I wonder how they feel when a "liberation" army did not go home but came and guarded the oilfields and not the weapons stores or the borders??? Somehow I think that one person making one comment on the internet (which most cannot access anyway) is going to amount to anything compared to what is actually happening there.
    Where they any better under Saddam's regime?. I think not.
    Some have satellite and those that do not, go to their neighborhood coffee house and watch CNN, BBC etc....so, they do have access to communications.
  14. by   URO-RN
    Quote from Tigerlily
    Especially since the Iraqi's suffered so much under Saddam, they have no idea what it means to be free and have the right to vote. For me I guess it's not so much a victory for the US but a victory for the Iraqi's and a loss for the Terrorists that is why I'm hoping for success for Iraq. Not everyone is hopeful for success..especially the Terrorists/insurgants and I would like to see them defeated.
    Exactly.

    Not everyone is hopeful for success because of their disaproval of the war. Which is fine, everyone is entitled to be either for or against this war, but we are in it, they are in it and we should hope for all the best for the people of Iraq. God bless them, they are going through some tough times.

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