Posted on October 29, 2006
Violence and US Elections
There is a lot of talk these days about the level of violence in Iraq and the upcoming elections. Is it coincidence that the violence is escalating as the election draws nearer? Or is it a calculated effort to sway voters? And if that’s the case (which it is), which way are the terrorists trying to sway your vote?
Two years ago, insurgents and extremists did the same thing. Check this story from the Washington Times almost exactly two years ago during the Presidential elections:
“If the U.S. Army suffered numerous humiliating losses, [Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John] Kerry would emerge as the superman of the American people,” said Mohammad Amin Bashar, a leader of the Muslim Scholars Association, a hard-line clerical group that vocally supports the resistance.
Resistance leader Abu Jalal boasted that the mounting violence had already hurt Mr. Bush’s chances.
“American elections and Iraq are linked tightly together,” he told a Fallujah-based Iraqi reporter. “We’ve got to work to change the election, and we’ve done so. With our strikes, we’ve dragged Bush into the mud.”
Abu Jalal, answering questions submitted to him through the Iraqi journalist, devised a simple formula for how his group’s attacks on American soldiers draw votes from Mr. Bush.
“They say there are 1,100 dead soldiers. That means 1,100 families hold grudges against Bush and hate him. There are 6,000 families whose sons were injured who hate Bush and will not re-elect him.”
The only difference two years later is that the insurgents have learned something. They learned that their efforts actually probably helped Bush and Republicans to win. This time around, they’re settling with just simple violence without all the soundbites and quotes in the media. They’re hoping that the American people forget what the insurgents said two years ago and will equate the violence in Iraq with poor leadership instead of a concerted effort to sway public opinion. Let’s hope no one falls for it and the proper candidates that will take national defense and terrorism seriously, whoever that is in YOUR mind.