Friday, January 07, 2005

No, it's not "Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Iraq"

Bush Says Four Iraqi Areas Pose Voting Challenges

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush said on Friday the U.S. military will do its best to give every Iraqi citizen the chance to vote on Jan. 30 but acknowledged that guerrilla action could disrupt voting in four provinces.

'Four of the 18 provinces are places where the terrorists are trying to stop people from voting,' Bush said. 'And the reason they're trying to stop people from voting is because they understand that democracies stand in the exact opposite to what they believe.'
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'I want everybody to vote,' Bush said when asked if he was worried about Sunni participation."

The four measly provinces in question are Baghdad, Al Anbar, Nineva and Salahadin, where more than 40% of the Iraqi population lives. But if 51% is a mandate, then 60% surely qualifies as "everybody," eh, Your Highness?

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