Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bad example

Washington Post

It's a bit weird when in the joint statement from David Miliband and Condi Rice regarding the Kenyan electoral crisis that they call for "an intensive political and legal process that can build a united and peaceful future for Kenya" when the lesson of the 2000 electoral crisis in Florida was that whoever shouts loudest and longest has the inside track in determining the eventual outcome -- such as with the infamous "Brooks Brothers riot" at the count centre in Miami, featuring flown-in Republican staffers to create the appearance of popular outrage, when of course the actual outrage was those still uncounted votes for Al Gore.

Kenya clearly needs to find some process for figuring out who won without any more people getting killed. But it shouldn't be the American model.

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