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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Election Threats to the Iraqis

My boys at I Should Have Stayed Home... posted the text of an intimidation flyer found in Tikrit in November:

"It's an evil step due to buildup of an infidel country that will be an agent for the western countries. It will help the occupation because it will not be honest and it'll assign the people who work for the occupational force's benefit. It will be a big obstacle in front of building a country run by the law of the God. It will make Iraq a base for the infidel occupational force that helps them to invade other Muslim countries and destroy Islam. To support our religion we will not take part in this election and we'll do anything to make it fail.

All the poll stations will be targets for Al-Mujahideen, and they will not be a safe place. Here we are warning people who got cheated by the democratic lie. We are warning the innocent people (don't go to the election). Otherwise we will not treat you as innocent because you choose to support the infidel's side which it doesn't have any beliefs, and you took the infidel occupationer's side and his agents.

Anyone who will sell his vote and his honor to any of the agent parties, like Kurdish parties or Ayad Alawi's party, will execute himself and he chooses to be with infidels.

ALL THE POLLING STATIONS WILL BE UNDER FIRE SO DO NOT GO THERE.
ALL THE MUSLIMS HAVE TO BE BESIDE THE BELIEVERS IN GOD AND REJECT THE ELECTIONS . . ."


Would you have gone to the polls under these conditions?