Iraqi police seize Iranian truck with forged ballots
(Scroll down in this post for an important update on this story)
Looks like the Iranians are trying to pull a fast one in the Iraqi elections and got caught red handed (rather than purple fingered):
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 13 – Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.
The tanker was seized in the evening by agents with the American-trained border protection force at the Iraqi town of Badra, after crossing at Munthirya on the Iraqi border, the official said. According to the Iraqi official, the border police found several thousand partly completed ballots inside.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the Iranian truck driver told the police under interrogation that at least three other trucks filled with ballots had crossed from Iran at different spots along the border.
The official, who did not attend the interrogation, said he did not know where the driver was headed, or what he intended to do with the ballots.
Now let’s see … just what could that driver have possibly intended to do with those ballots? Hmmm…..
I have no doubt that the Iranian government, headed by a guy who has ‘doubts’ that the Holocaust happened and who thinks Israel should be “wiped off the map” was behind this. After all, forcing the kind of representation that Iran wants in the Iraqi gov’t would be all good for Iran, who would love nothing more than to have a neighboring country which is geographically closer to Israel on their (Iran’s) side.
Read more via Frank Warner.
(Thanks for the tip, Kevin)
AM Update: Is this story true? Captain Ed references a Reuters piece that casts major doubts on the validity of this story. Could the NYTimes have possibly been trying to get a jump on discrediting the Iraqi elections? (Hat tip to Pat in the comments section here).
Check out Confederate Yankee’s post on this as well.