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Bring on the champion
Bush and friends seek to bring democracy to Iraq. It's a noble cause, but I wonder if they know what democracy really means to a nation.

First off, we have the United States. This is a nation where voter apathy is so high that more than half the population chooses not to cast a vote. And the minority that do vote aren't represented fairly due to the electoral college system anyway - more than half the voters in the last election cast votes for Gore, but it's states that count, and so Bush won. Less than 25% of the country voted for this man, and yet he wields supreme power over the world in the belief that he has some sort of right to do so.

Britain and Australia, on the other hand, at least have a better handle on things. Higher voter turnout, and a decisive win for their respective heads of parliament. However, at a time when Australian opinion polls show 70% of the country is against involvement in the war, you can hardly say the Aussie government is representing the will of the people. Likewise in the UK - members of Tony Blair's own cabinet are resigning, his party is losing confidence in him, and his views are more in line with the opposition party he beat a couple of years ago. That isn't what we voted for.

So what will this coalition bring to Iraq, other than cluster bombs and the threat of nuclear weapons if Iraq attacks civilian targets with terrorist means? Well, let's go forward five years and have a look.
Iraq is now a democratic country, with strong capitalist values brought about by the greed of the oil-wealthy population. Every four years, the entire population is permitted to vote on who leads the country, though most of them would rather sit at home and watch imported American sit-coms. When they do vote, they only have a choice between two candidates who are approximately the same, all bar their stance on one or two 'key' issues (but mostly just abortion). The system is constructed such that even if one candidate gets more votes, he can still lose the election, but that doesn't matter, since neither candidate will stick to their promises or listen to the people after election anyway.
If we're to have a champion of democracy, can we at least pick a candidate who would know democracy if he saw it?

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Fuck all to do with war.

So you're back in the delights of Chinnor, lucky you. i am back on the 5/4 so i think I'll be missing you which is a pity, but hell its almost summer. Are you staying in Brigton?

As you are at home i might get round to giving you a ring! Spk soon, Becca x

oh wow

umm my comment is i think the war should still go on but i also think if we would have took action sooner their wouldnt be a war and people wouldnt be dieing and the tradgedy that goes into families homes would be less the reason im freaking out about the war is because i have families and friends in that war and i would die if the my family gets the next call of bad news

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