Iraqi officials have now publicly acknowledged what has been rumored for a while. Next January’s “democratic” elections may not involve everyone. Vice President Barham Saleh told The Associated Press “Hypothetically, if you have a location in which the security situation is not conducive to holding elections … then you end up with the question, Shall we delay or hold the entire process hostage to that particular district? “.
Now that statement is open to interpretation but puppetmaster U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld left little doubt when he said “if insurgents prevent Iraqis from voting in some areas, a partial vote would be better than none at all.”
Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that, come election time, areas that do not support the American occupation will be labelled as in the grip of insurgency?

Update: Security of State Colin Powell spoke about the problem today.