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March 14, 2003

If Voting Changed Anything, It'd be Abolished

So, when Bush thought he could bribe and threaten Cameroon, Mexico, Chile et al into submission, a majority vote in the United Nations would have been endorsement by the international community for his war.

But now that he looks to lose, the U.S. May Abandon U.N. Vote on Iraq.

The US as a global leader is acting like a classic dictatorship, manipulating votes and when they go bad, cancelling votes that would expose its illegitimacy.

By numbers, governments globally are overwhelmingly against this war. Measuring governments by the population they represent, the numbers are even more lopsided. And if you measure it by public opinion globally, even our coerced "allies" are themselves defying the opinion of their electorate in order to curry favor with Bush and company.

So how can rhetoric about democratizing Iraq be taken seriously when Bush is subverting global democracy?

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said today that the United States might choose to abandon a second United Nations resolution authorizing military action against Iraq, only a week after President Bush vowed to force countries to take sides on the issue.

Posted by Nathan at March 14, 2003 08:28 AM

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