Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Iraqi Shiite cleric insists on demand for democracy: "The United States administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has rejected a call by a senior Shiite leader for the direct election of a national government... Ayatollah Sistani has emerged as a big obstacle to the plans hammered out between Washington and its hand-picked Iraqi leadership. US officials also expressed their fears about his demand that any agreement for US-led forces to remain in Iraq would have to be approved by directly elected representatives."

The threat of democray in Iraq and autonomy in Kurdistan is serious for the United States. However the continuing insurgency may force the US to bow to the demands for fear of never being able to control the country. Whatever happens, however, the propaganda will always be the same: 'democracy and freedom'.

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