A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves:
Edward R Murrow
This illegal war and occupation of Iraq had only one true purpose and
that was secure the OIL.
Like a gang of ravenous wolves the Cheney/Bush administration made
their intentions clear ~ the only ministry protected initially was the Oil ministry
. The first executive order signed by Bush in March 2003 was Executive Order
# 13303 ~ which gave full control of Oil revenues to the United States and their
partners. Paul Bremer's 100 illegal orders of servitude has economically paralyzed
and privatized the country . Here are some of them;
" Order #39 allows for the following: (1) privatization
of Iraq's 200 state-owned enterprises; (2) 100 percent foreign
ownership of Iraqi businesses; (3) "national treatment"
of foreign firms; (4) unrestricted, tax-free remittance of
all profits and other funds; and (5) 40-year ownership licenses.
Thus, it allows the U.S. corporations operating in Iraq to own every business,
do all of the work, and send all of their money home. Nothing needs to be reinvested
locally to service the Iraqi economy, no Iraqi need be hired, no public services
need be guaranteed, and workers' rights can easily be ignored. And corporations
can take out their investments at any time ... Order #40 turns the banking sector
from a state-run to a market-driven system overnight by allowing foreign banks
to enter the Iraqi market and to purchase up to 50 percent of Iraqi banks ."
As for the oil ~ ( Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth ) reveals
that current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at least 64%
of Iraq’s reserves to foreign oil companies. Iraq has the world’s
third largest oil reserves. Figures published in the report for the first time
~ " the estimated cost to Iraq over the life of the new oil contracts
is $74 to $194 billion, compared with leaving oil development in public hands.
These sums represent between two and seven times the current Iraqi state budget."
~ " the contracts would guarantee massive profits to foreign companies,
with rates of return of 42% to 162%."
The kinds of contracts that will provide these returns are known as production
sharing agreements (PSAs). PSAs have been heavily promoted by the U.S. government
and oil majors and have the backing of senior figures in the Iraqi Oil Ministry.
Britain has also encouraged Iraq to open its oil fields to foreign investment.
However, PSAs last for 25-40 years, are usually secret, and prevent governments
from later altering the terms of the contract.
That's why the Cheney/Bush administration has no intention of pulling out.
Once they can claim a pseudo legitimate government ~ the PDA's will be signed
and the oil is theirs .
And you wonder why the insurgency ( who are really freedom fighters ) is growing
every day , and you wonder why 80% of the Iraqis want us out ~ and then you
realize that this country has not only been illegally attacked and occupied
but they have been economically raped by the Cheney/Bush/Rumsfeld neocon cabal
which, in turn, has highjacked our Republic and its intrinsic moral values.
And we are the sheep, lulled by a compliant Press, who have beget this government
Here's the true picture of what its like to be living in Iraq right
now ~ courtesy of Dahl Jamail and Harb Al-Mukhtar.
Allen L Roland
Where People Cannot Afford Their Country
Inter Press Service
Dahr Jamail and Harb Al-Mukhtar
*BAGHDAD, Dec 1 (IPS) - Despite the allocation of billions of dollars of U.S.
government money for "reconstruction", Iraqis are struggling to exist
amidst soaring prices, unemployment, a devastated infrastructure, and cuts in
Iraqis received a monthly food ration during the Oil for Food programme which
was set up to provide relief during the sanctions against Iraq up to the invasion
in 2003. The head of each family was allotted monthly food coupons for commodities
like sugar, rice, tea, detergents, cooking oil, beans and baby milk.
But the U.S.-backed governments, starting with the Iraqi Governing Council,
have failed to consistently deliver the monthly food basket on time, amidst
an unemployment rate estimated at close to 70 percent.
Abu Ali, 66, worked until recently as a distributor of the monthly food ration.
"The Ministry of Trade used to give us sugar for the people," he said."
But not any more. This means we have to buy it from the market at twice the
price just to achieve the same quantity. What will poor people do now to get
Abu Mushtaq, a 40 year-old father of five lacks the money to buy products in
the market, even after receiving 120,000 Iraqi Dinars (roughly 85 dollars) monthly
from the government to offset the shortfall in the food ration.
"Everything has gone up in price so many times," Abu Mushtaq told
IPS." Petrol, kerosene, even the price of bread has gone up so many times
since the invasion. The invaders only came to Iraq to fill up their own pockets."
The recent influx of government money to offset the untimely delivery of food
rations has raised the demand for particular items, along with prices. This
trend is disconcerting because the government's record of keeping food supplied
is getting worse.
"The Ministry of Trade did not give sugar for the last seven months, nor
rice for two months," Abu Ali said. "Nor tea for four months, and
no cooking oil for the last three months."
Meanwhile the market price of sugar has risen 25 percent, of rice 80 percent,
tea 100 percent and cooking oil 50 percent.
Most homes in Baghdad get on average only three hours of electricity supply
per day, and Iraqis who can afford them use small generators. But petrol shortages
and rationing continue, with only 40-50 litres allowed per vehicle monthly.
The interim government is considering a five-fold increase in petrol prices
early next year.
The situation is being further complicated by attempts by some Iraqis to compensate
for the dramatic shifts in their economy. "Many landlords are raising rents
two or three times the normal amount," said Abu Ali. "This creates
a bad spiral for everyone."
Hope also appears to be in short supply. "Anybody who tells you there
are plans for this is a liar," Abu Anas, who works in the Ministry of Trade
told IPS. "The government is still interim, so they cannot make plans,
and they don't think that is their task. God help the Iraqi people."
Many analysts have blamed the U.S. government squarely for this situation."The
'reconstruction' of Iraq is the largest American-led occupation programme since
the Marshall Plan (for reconstruction of Europe after the second world war),"
analyst Ed Harriman wrote in the London Review of Books. "But there is
a difference: the U.S.. government funded the Marshall Plan whereas (defence
secretary) Donald Rumsfeld and (former administrator of Iraq) Paul Bremer have
made sure that the reconstruction of Iraq is paid for by the 'liberated' country,
by the Iraqis themselves."
According to Harriman's research, 6 billion dollars in assets were left over
from the UN Oil for Food programme, and revenue from resumed Iraqi oil exports
brought another 10 billion dollars in the year following the invasion.
Nevertheless, while the U.S. Congress voted to spend 18.4 billion dollars of
U.S. taxpayers' money in Iraq on 'reconstruction', Harriman says that "by
28 June last year, when Bremer left Baghdad two days early to avoid possible
attack on the way to the airport, his CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority)
had spent up to 20 billion dollars of Iraqi money, compared to 300 million dollars
of U.S. funds."
Allegations of fraud and theft have plagued the occupiers of Iraq from the
beginning. Auditors with the U.S. government are reported to have found serious
"The auditors have so far referred more than a hundred contracts, involving
billions of dollars paid to American personnel and corporations, for investigation
and possible criminal prosecution," writes Harriman.
"They have also discovered that 8.8 billion dollars that passed through
the new Iraqi government ministries in Baghdad while Bremer was in charge is
unaccounted for, with little prospect of finding out where it went. A further
3.4 billion dollars earmarked by Congress for Iraqi development has since been
siphoned off to finance 'security'."
Iraq has oil and dollar wealth, but the people do not see it.
Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author
and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his
and website www.allenroland.com
He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on Conscious
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