posted April 14, 2003 at 6:02 AM MDT
Bomb before you buy - "What is being planned in Iraq is not reconstruction but robbery"
On April 6, deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out: there will be no role for the UN in setting up an interim government in Iraq. The US-run regime will last at least six months, "probably longer than that". And by the time the Iraqi people have a say in choosing a government, the key economic decisions about their country's future will have been made by their occupiers. "There has to be an effective administration from day one," Wolfowitz said. "People need water and food and medicine, and the sewers have to work, the electricity has to work. And that's coalition responsibility."
The process of how they will get all this infrastructure to work is usually called "reconstruction". But American plans for Iraq's future economy go well beyond that. Rather than rebuilding, the country is being treated as a blank slate on which the most ideological Washington neo-liberals can design their dream economy: fully privatised, foreign-owned and open for business."
[Did you catch that bit from Wolfie? "effective administration from day one; that's a coalition responsibility"?! I really for the life of me can't figure out if the cabal is just massively incompetent, or hugely villainous and corrupt. In any case, they remain deserving of "Criminal Negligence Causing Death"; callous disregard for human welfare.]