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   1. Bush Rebuffed Plan for Other Nations' Troops in Iraq;U.S. Setting Stage for Rigged Iraqi 
Elections? (John Churchilly)


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Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:11:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Churchilly <>
Subject: Bush Rebuffed Plan for Other Nations' Troops in Iraq;U.S. Setting Stage for Rigged Iraqi 

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
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      Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Bush Rebuffed Plan for Other Nations' Troops in Iraq;
      U.S. Setting Stage for Rigged Iraqi Elections?

Newsday has reported that "President George W. Bush
rebuffed a plan last month for a Muslim peacekeeping
force that would have helped the United Nations
organize elections in Iraq, according to Saudi and
Iraqi officials."

The paper reported: "As a result, the UN continues to
have a skeletal presence in Iraq, with only four staff
members working full time on preparing for elections
set for the end of January. UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan has refused to establish a new UN headquarters
in Baghdad unless countries commit troops for a
special force to protect it. ... Diplomats said Annan
accepted the plan. But the Bush administration
objected because the special force would have been
controlled by the UN instead of by U.S. military
officers who run the Multi-National Force in Iraq."

According to the Associated Press, White House
spokesman Scott McClellan "said the interim Iraqi
government in Baghdad had 'some real concerns' about
having troops from a neighboring country inside Iraq."

    But the Newsday report, which was published on
Oct. 18, stated that "Iraqi officials already had
worked out a deal with the Saudis ruling out the
involvement of any country that borders Iraq." The
report stated that, according Saudi sources,
"Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Algeria and Morocco
were 'seriously interested'" in contributing troops to
fulfill the plan.

Executive director of the Global Policy Forum, which
monitors the UN, Paul said today: "The article in
Newsday shows that the U.S. government is preventing
fair elections, as overseen by an impartial UN staff.
Washington wants a free hand to manipulate these
elections and get its cronies into office. So much for
the claim that the U.S. is bringing democracy to Iraq.

... My sources tell me that two nations -- Georgia and
Fiji -- offered troops to a similar effort."

Professor of international law at the University of
Illinois and author of the new book "Destroying World
Order," Boyle said today: "The only way to
have a free, fair and democratic election would be for
the United States and the United Kingdom to terminate
their role as the Belligerent Occupants
of Iraq, withdraw, and then permit the United Nations
to organize elections. It recently did this in East

The Newsday story is available at:

For more information, contact at the Institute for
Public Accuracy: Sam
Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541)

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