So much for democracy

Seventeen months after the Anglo-American invasion in which President George Bush promised to bring democracy to Iraq, the country’s American-approved Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, yesterday introduced legislation allowing the Iraqi authorities to impose martial law, curfews, a ban on demonstrations, the restriction of movement, phone-tapping, the opening of mail and the freezing of bank accounts.

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Iraq therefore entered into another fatal chapter of its history yesterday, and it didn’t look much like democracy.

Robert Fisk

[Via Je Blog]

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