Real Genius
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
CNN Again
What kind of network security do these people use anyway?

The team at The Onion seem to have hacked into their servers yet again. The title reads "Democracy finds hope in Iraqi town":
KARMA, Iraq (CNN) -- The concept of democracy appears to have taken root in the dusty town of Karma, a predominantly Sunni community of 75,000 people about nine miles (15 kilometers) northeast of Falluja.
But many villagers are not as interested in talking about the elections as they are about the lack of petrol, gas, electricity and work. They say they receive their information about the elections from TV and say no one has campaigned or even hung campaign posters in their community.
Although most say they don't know who the candidates are or where to go to vote, they say they will vote come January 30.
Abd Al-rahman, a 24-year-old Iraq Force Protection Services employee says he'll vote for interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. He says he has received a 200,000 Iraqi dinar bonus from him.
Farther down the road, Iraqis are also preoccupied with what's lacking. They tell Col. Tucker they want to vote but don't know who to vote for.
"We get our information from the TV. But then the power goes out and we have no TV," one man says. Abd Al-Khadar Ali Khayab, a butcher and father of nine, says he'll vote for one of the sheiks of his tribe he has heard is running. But he doesn't know which list he's on or who any of the others on the list are.
"Of course I am going to vote. We need something to change, we can't live like this," he says. But he does not know whom he'll vote for or who the candidates are. A man standing near him said "Allawi, al-Yawar, it doesn't matter. I am not going to vote."
"Do you know when the elections are?" Col. Tucker asked a group of five men. "Yes, it's the 29th," one answered.[emphasis added]

Come to think of it, that does sound an awful lot like the "concept of democracy" in these parts... which kind of dissolves my Onion theory, doesn't it?

Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.
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