Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Colin Powell Declares Election Fraud

"We cannot accept this result as legitimate because it does not meet
international standards," Mr. Powell said, "and because there has not been an investigation of the numerous and credible reports of fraud and abuse."
This quote is from the NY Times, and refers to the recent election in UKRAINE.

I don't know the details of the alleged fraud in Ukraine but I am familiar with stories from the recent US "election" that should draw the exact same remarks from Mr. Powell. It would seem that heads of state should have an interest in the orderly and lawful succession of power in other nations. Another excerpt from above:
The secretary of state, in a forceful statement backed by similar declarations from European and Canadian officials, urged a full review of the election, which several international monitoring groups and a White House special envoy have declared seriously flawed.
Whoever these unnamed European and Canadian officials may be, they're not carrying much street cred allowing the US "election" to remain unchallenged. I am again reminded of Nov. 28, 2000 when I wrote, in part:
When developing nations hold elections, the media usually report on the impartial international observers. Now the whole world is watching us. If any world leaders are indeed scrupulous, shouldn't *they* contest the legitimacy of the recent U.S. Presidential election? Could you imagine if impartial voices of reason from around the world helped us to hold up the mirror displaying our own ridiculous image?

In the final analysis, either foreign powers will choose not to recognize our next government or the entire world will be complicit in our illegitimacy. Either way, it would not only serve us right, it will be what we deserve.
So a new question emerges for the No Confidence Movement - how do we get other countries to demand accountability in Ukraine and US elections alike?



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