Thursday, April 12, 2007

Neocon Democratic Theory & the Iraq Parliament Bombing

John Bolton on The Daily Show, March 21, 2007:

I would suggest that the president has a responsibility to be true to the people who voted for him.

Bush on the bombing of the Iraqi parliament which killed 8 people on Thursday:

The assembly is the place where people have come to respresent the 12 million people who voted.

So in the US, according to Bolton, the president only has the responsibility to be true to the people who voted for him - the rest of the citizens be damned. And in Iraq, elected representatives apparently only have a responsibility to serve the people who voted - the rest of the citizens be damned.

Yes, that's neocon democratic theory.

Related: Rice's response? "There are going to be good days and bad days." As I challenged Bush on the anniversary of the war when he used the same facile "good days, bad days" talking point, "Identify one "good day" in Iraq since this war began, Bush. I dare you." The same goes for you, Condi.

According to the International Red Cross, life for Iraqis is getting worse every day:

The report documents the alarming state of Iraqi health-care facilities suffering critical shortages of staff and supplies. Many doctors, nurses and patients no longer dare to go to hospitals and clinics because they are targeted or threatened. The report also underlines that much of Iraq's vital water, sewage and electricity infrastructure is in a critical condition owing to lack of maintenance and because security constraints have impeded repair work.

"The suffering that Iraqi men, women and children are enduring today is unbearable and unacceptable. Their lives and dignity are continuously under threat," said the ICRC's director of operations, Pierre Krähenbühl. "The ICRC calls on all those who can influence the situation on the ground to act now to ensure that the lives of ordinary people are spared and protected. This is an obligation under international humanitarian law for both States and non-State actors."

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