Monday, May 28, 2007

Voting in Syria

The Detroit Free Press ran this photo:
It also ran a truncated version of this caption:
Asma Assad, wife of Syria's President Bashar Assad, left, casts her vote, Sunday May 27, 2007, at Damascus University after casting their votes. Syrians are expected to elect Assad to a second, seven-year term in a referendum Sunday that would further consolidate his autocratic rule. Assad is the sole candidate, but voters can either approve or reject a second term. Most of the nearly 13 million eligible voters are expected to support a second term for Assad.
My question is: are they kidding?
Assad is the sole candidate, but voters can either approve or reject a second term.
What would happen if voters did reject a second term? Autocrats who got the job by replacing their deceased autocratic fathers have a rather poor record of responding to the will of the people.

Am I reading this wrong, or does the AP, and by extension, the Detroit Free Press, support the dictator Assad? This sure looks like a whitewash to me.

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5 Comments:

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Yeah, we have elections here too!

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger Michael said...

What would happen if voters did reject a second term?

I am sure that the 'no' ballots will be disqualified for some reason (giving the wrong answer, perhaps), so that Assad will have a nice, high percentage. Say, 98%.

I also wonder how many women in Syria, other than Mrs. Assad, were even allowed to vote...

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger jennifer said...

Wait a minute, maybe our Left swinging MSM, trusts the fact that most Americans do not know what the word autocratic rule means!

Voting for only one candidate is not voting, except in the American Media and dictatorships, and in the Middle East.

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Getting rough down here!! Thanks for checking in the other day.

 
At 5:09 AM, Blogger Harry said...

Jungle mom,
You know how I worry. I'm going to be checking regularly. I know a lot of others will be too.

 

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