Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Put you hands up! This is not a coup!

They are learning fast in Iraq. Going from Saddam to Jefferson has proved to be a bumpy ride to put it mildly and the Iraqis are looking for a different political theory upon which to run their country. Apparently they have settled on Rovian "democracy" Iraqi style. On Monday, armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building and deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia. Things would have been much easier if he had a CIA wife to out. But this is so much faster. The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation said, "This is the new Iraq. They use force to achieve their goal."

The group that ousted him insisted that it had the authority to assume control of Iraq's capital city and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.

"If we wanted to do something bad to him, we would have done that," said Mazen A. Makkia, the elected city council chief who led the ouster. "We really want to establish the state of law for every citizen, and we did not threaten anyone," Mr. Makkia said. "This is not a coup."

This is not a coup. Marvelous. We did not threaten anyone we just pointed guns in their faces and politely asked them to leave and never come back upon pain of death. Sounds more like McClellan than Makkia. I guess it depends on what the meaning of "coup" is.

The Iraqis test drove that one man, one vote and Bill of Rights nonsense and one man, one vote, once seemed like a good fit. I can just see the one party government offices now - Iraqi Republicans - Nicer than Saddam, meaner than Rove. And they saved time and money by not going through the hassle of hiring Diebold to give plausible deniability to how they got into power. At least they were honest about their removal at gunpoint non-coup ascension to office. Give them a medal. Maybe even a Medal of Freedom.

Bonus Posting: I was in a grocery store and in the bakery section I saw a cake with "Made with 7-UP" on the label. Question: Was that a warning or a selling point?

Bonus Posting II: Maureen Dowd is back writing about Bushworld in the Times. Read her latest and always great piece here.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

"Leci n'est pas une pipe" That's the title of a painting of a pipe by surrealist Rene Magritte and a lot of postmodernist word wooze concerning it by the late Michel Foucault. Of course it's also hard not to think of Big Brother's antinomial decrees in 1984.

This is not a coup. Is it an outright lie, surrealism or a postmodern philosophical statement - you report, I can't decide.

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