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Iraq Inc.
    #1536830 - 05/10/03 01:09 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Iraq Inc: A joint venture built on broken promises
By David Usborne in New York, Rupert Cornwell in Washington and Phil Reeves in Baghdad
10 May 2003

America and Britain declared themselves yesterday to be the "occupying powers" in Iraq and produced a blueprint for the administration of the country that confined the United Nations to a co-ordinating role.

Although George Bush declared in Belfast last month that the UN would have "a vital role" in Iraq, there was great disappointment yesterday after the organisation was denied an operational role.

Britain acknowledged in a draft UN Security Council resolution that, with the United States, it intended to run Iraq for at least a year as a conquering power. Both countries urged the Council to agree to an instant lifting of economic sanctions against Iraq and accept that, as "occupying powers", they would have near-total control of the country's oil revenues for 12 months and maybe much longer.

Despite earlier promises that the UN should have an important role administering the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country, this task now goes to America and Britain, with the UN reduced to a co-ordinator. John Negroponte, the US ambassador to the UN, said yesterday that there would be no role for the team of UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix "for the foreseeable future".

Whatever the fate of the UN resolution, Washington has already started a secretive carve-up of the Iraq reconstruction pie in which all the slices thus far have gone to US companies ? many of them with close connections to the Bush administration.

The impression that Iraq is becoming a carpetbaggers' free-for-all was reinforced at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre in Atlanta this week when lawyers, consultants and business people streamed in, all hoping for a piece of the action. They heard a presentation by the US Agency for International Development (USAid), which is handing out contracts worth $1.5bn (?0.9bn) to rebuild the healthcare system. The USAid contracts total about $70m. If America fulfils its sweeping promise to rebuild Iraq's entire infrastructure, the total may reach several hundred billion dollars. The contracts will be paid for from Iraqi oil revenues, controlled by America and Britain and audited by an international firm of accountants. Yesterday's appeal to the United Nations was contained in a baldly worded draft resolution tabled by Mr Negroponte. It was co-sponsored by Britain and Spain. The text, which makes clear that London and Washington would essentially run Iraq for at least a year, was expected to attract resistance from France and Russia. Controversially, the resolution relegates the UN to an advisory capacity on a board that will monitor the spending of Iraq's oil revenue on reconstruction. A "special co-ordinator", who would be appointed by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, would also orchestrate UN humanitarian efforts.

Separately, the text envisions taking away UN control of Iraq's oil sales. This also runs directly counter to the view of several of the nations opposed to war, who have argued for keeping a UN hand on the Iraqi oil industry. Last night, the Russian envoy to the UN, Sergei Lavrov, said he had "lots of questions" on the text.

The immediate reaction to the plans in Baghdad was negative. "This is very, very bad. We are in the same situation as we were with Saddam," said Bassen al-Khoja, 31. "[They] stole the oil money from the people and we got nothing and now the Americans and British are doing exactly the same. We are not going to see any benefit from it."

Similar disgust was expressed by Fareed Ismail al-Qaisi, 42, who is unemployed. "The United Nations should control the oil money, not the Americans," he said.

This is the first time that Washington and London have formally acknowledged that they consider themselves "occupying powers" in Iraq. It is a status governed by the Geneva Conventions that also lays out strict responsibilities and obligations for those powers under international law.

In Brussels, Poul Nielson, the European Union commissioner for development, voiced dismay at the text. He said Washington was "on its way to becoming a member of Opec", adding: "They appropriate the oil. The unwillingness to give the UN a legal, well-defined role also speaks a language that is quite clear."


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Re: Iraq Inc. [Re: Xlea321]
    #1536852 - 05/10/03 01:26 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

The smell of baked bread floated in the air. The little red hen pulled the loaf of piping hot bread from the oven. The dog, the cat, and the duck peered over the kitchen door. Two of her baby chicks danced around the little red hen. She asked, "Who will help me eat this tasty, fresh bread ?"

"We will !" squeaked all of her chicks.

"We will !" cried the dog, the cat, and the duck.

The little red hen began slicing the bread into six slices.

"Well," said the little red hen as she sliced the bread, "anyone who helped make this bread can have some. So if you helped plant the wheat, water it, weed it, harvest it, take it to the miller, or bake the bread, raise your hand !" The dog, the cat, and the duck slowly walked away.

That night, the little red hen and her five baby chicks got their fill of bread as a reward for work well done.

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Re: Iraq Inc. [Re: mntlfngrs]
    #1537074 - 05/10/03 03:38 PM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Sadly, that'll go right over the head of many here.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers

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Re: Iraq Inc. [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1538295 - 05/11/03 02:22 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

I thought this was was about liberation of oppressed people not about profit.

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Re: Iraq Inc. [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1538353 - 05/11/03 02:59 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)


Sadly, that'll go right over the head of many here

you'd better explain it to us

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Re: Iraq Inc. [Re: carbonhoots]
    #1538371 - 05/11/03 03:06 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)



Don't worry, B. Caapi

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