June 04, 2004

Welcome to the Muppet Show

Staring, Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawar as The Swedish Chef, Hoshyar Zebari as Fozzie Bear, Rumsfeld and Wolfovitz as Statler & Waldorf and George W Bush as Miss Piggy. Moi, Moi, Moi!

Seriously, does anyone actually believe the spin surrounding the appointment of the 'new Iraqi government'? The key word being 'appointment'. Not a single Iraqi has voted for this government - its just a talking shop front set up by the Bush administration to create the appearance of progress. The government has no power over security or oil revenue. Surprise, surprise.

Proper, real, democratic, inclusive elections need to be held now. This is the only way true stability can be created in Iraq. You cannot impose government without it being a dictatorship. An unelected leader, a military regime, beatings and murder in prisons, cilvilian deaths ... yep that's the new free Iraq!

What of Tony Blair's role in all of this - as far as I can tell he has none whatsoever. The UK has got less power and influence than any of the puppet ministers - something almost impossible to achieve.

What did our involvement in this war achieve exactly? Stability? No. Security? No. Cheaper oil? No. More influence? No. A massive bill and lots of blood on our hands. Most certainly yes!

What of the future. The timetable suggests elections by late 2005 and a new, fully elected government installed by January 2006. Will it ever be autonomous? The real question is - will the Americans ever relinquish power over 30% of the world's oil supply. Do I really need to answer that question?