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Afghan Election Dogged by Fraud Claims

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Posted on Aug 22, 2009
Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

An Afghan worker for the election commission office walks at the counting center in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, on Friday.

Corruption rumors and threats of violence preceded last week’s Afghan presidential election, so it’s not surprising that similar concerns are cropping up after the fact. —KA

BBC:

Stuffed ballot boxes, illiterate voters being told who to vote for and biased officials were cited by Afghanistan’s Free and Fair Election Foundation.

But EU monitors said, despite widespread intimidation and violence, the vote was generally good and fair.

There have been rival claims of victory but no winner has been announced.

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By diamond, August 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

The whole damn invasion and occupation is a fraud. Karzai is a fraud. It’s all a fraud. The truest thing I’ve ever seen about Afghanistan is the satirical movie “War Inc” in which journalists are injected with a micro chip and given 3D glasses to watch an interactive video game instead of actually reporting on the war. Only satire can do justice to the madness of these occupations. Bush and friends were basing their post war scenarios on the post WWII occupation of Europe. Just a minor problem: Europe was Christian and Europe had devastated itself and was more than ready for peace. Europe also had central governments - Afghanistan is a tribal society with no model of democracy as we understand it and no history of central governments. Trying to rule it by force is like trying to hold water in your hands. Can an election change this? No, it can’t.

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By felicity, August 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

An election immediately turned Iraq into a peaceful, prosperous, first world country so we can assume that Afghanistan’s election will produce the same result. 

The corrupt rule of Karzai, whom the majority of Afghans detest, will continue on course and the Taliban will return to the caves never to be seen or heard of again and the country will willy-nilly join the first world (ala Iraq.)

America’s imperialistic binge will continue unchallenged because, afterall, even though we leave chaos, untold suffering, millions dead, infrastructures in ruins, we see that ELECTIONS ARE HELD.

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