Bush, Hitchens and Democracy in Iraq
This is the democracy that Bush has bestowed upon Iraq: Armed thugs from the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq — a fundamentalist group nurtured and suckled in Iran by the Ayatollah Khomeini — entered the office of Baghdad’s mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, yesterday and summarily removed him, at gunpoint, from his post. Then they replaced them with their own man. Now the Iraqi capital can look forward to the same kind of harsh, fundamentalist rule now gracing the streets of Basra, where death squads and religious enforcers prowl the streets, enforcing Taliban-like repression.
The new “democratic” government