Is it possible to have 'free' elections in an occupied country?
In considering Iraq, I think partucularly of the example of Afghanistan. When the Soviets invaded, it was to fight virtually the same enemy the United States invaded to fight. We (the USA) called the elections the Soviets held a sham, but called the elections WE held, 'free'.
Certainly these ARE elections, as near as I can tell. But when your country is conquered and occupied, and those occupying forces are out in force at every polling station, it's difficult to take the use of the word 'free' seriously. Potential opposition political figures are being jailed by the hundreds. People are to be searched and in some cases arrested at poliing stations. I do understand people's politics don't always agree with mine, but, just for laughs, assume a rational argument might sway me.
What, OTHER THAN, a belief in the ultimate good will of the American forces, is the evidence that these ARE 'free' elections, and not elections held to put a puppet government in place? Certainly historically, when countries who opposed us did similiar things, we discounted the legitemacy of the elected governements.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.