Friday, September 19, 2003

Mad-Hatters Tea Party in Iraq

[Sep 18, 2003; San Jose Mercury News; Perspective by Joseph Wilson;] Seeking honesty in U.S. policy President Bush's speech last Sunday was just the latest example of the administration's concerted efforts to misrepresent reality -- and rewrite history -- to mask its mistakes. The president said Iraq is now the center of our battle against terrorism. But we did not go to Iraq to fight Al-Qaida, which remains perhaps our deadliest foe, and we will not defeat it there.

By trying to justify the current fight in Iraq as a fight against terrorism, the administration has done two frightening things. It has tried to divert attention from Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the wave of terrorist attacks against American interests from New York and Washington to Yemen, and who reappeared in rugged terrain in a video broadcast last week. ...

... We are now also beginning to face terrorists there, but it is our own doing. Our attack on Iraq -- and our bungling of the peace -- led to the guerrilla insurgency that is drawing jihadists from around the Muslim world. The ``shock and awe'' campaign so vividly shown on our television screens has galvanized historic Arab envy, jealousy and resentment of the United States into white-hot hatred of America.

Where once there were thousands, now there are potentially millions of terrorists and sympathizers who will be drawn into this campaign.

We've seen other examples of the kind of insurgency we're now facing. One was in Afghanistan against the Soviets in the 1980s, and we all should know the end of that story by now. Bin Laden was one of the outside jihadists drawn into that battle; he emerged as the head of a group of hardened soldiers he called Al-Qaida.

[Sep 17, 2003; New York Times;] Bush Reports No Evidence of Hussein Tie to 9/11 President Bush said today that he had seen no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as the White House tried to correct an assertion that Vice President Dick Cheney left extremely murky on Sunday. ... "I think it's not surprising that people make that connection," said Mr. Cheney, who leads the hawkish wing of the Bush administration. Asked whether the connection existed, Mr. Cheney said, "We don't know." He described Mr. Hussein's reported connections to Al Qaeda, connections that American intelligence analysts say were not very deep. Mr. Bush, asked by a reporter today about that statement, said, "No, we've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th," a far more definitive statement than the vice president's. ...

[Sep 17, 2003; BBC Online;] Bush rejects Saddam 9/11 link

[Sep 16, 2003; Wired News;] Hans Blix: Iraq Destroyed WMD 10 Years Ago

[Sep 18, 2003; CNN;] Blix attacks Iraq weapons 'spin'

[Sep 18, 2003; MSNBC;] U.S. team finds no smallpox in Iraq

[Sep 21, 2003; BBC;] Iraq adopts sweeping reforms The American-backed administration in Iraq has announced sweeping economic reforms, including the sale of all state industries except for oil. The surprise announcement by Iraqi Finance Minister Kamel al-Kilani dominated the second day of meetings organised by the International Monetary Fund in Dubai. ... Mr Kilani said liberalisation of foreign investment, the banking sector, taxes and tariffs would "significantly advance efforts to build a free and open market economy in Iraq". ... The most lucrative part of the Iraqi economy - oil - is not included in the reforms. Natural resources are exempt from the changes, excluding current outside participation in Iraq's oil reserves. There is widespread belief in the Arab world that the US military action in Iraq earlier this year was motivated by a desire to control Iraq's substantial oil reserves.

These "reforms" sound suspiciously like the standard IMF & World Bank plan as detailed by George Palast in his book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy". While it appears the oil industry will not be directly controlled by the Globalist forces, the rest of the economy there will be Globalist controlled.

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