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Re: [casi] Dirk Adriaensens contribution to Saddams Palaces.

Dear Roger and list,

I do not understand why so much time is spent on an article by the INC, a CIA
backed, London based organization run by a convicted embezzler...
Shouldn't we spend more time on the important issue of how to stop a coming
aggression, rather than finding justification for the US to divert the attention
of people from its crimes to look again at SH and forget Iraq??

However, there is a dimension that is being forgotten.

The funding for all those buildings is from inside Iraq, in Iraqi Dinars,
printed by the government... The work is carried out by state owned contracting
companies, whose staff receive salaries anyway, whether they do work or not. The
materials are local (except perhaps the reinforcement steel and marble which are
probably brought from Jordan and Turkey). The government itself is not spending
any money on importing, but publishing tenders, and the private sector imports.
The payment is made in Dinars.. So, no funds are diverted from the Oil-for-food
towards building.

The building projects also serve as a symbol of Iraq's defiance of sanctions,
and its refusal to submit. It is to boost morale in Iraq and the Arab world, and
show that Iraq is still standing.

The projects also serve to tackle a major problem: unemployment, by creating
jobs for tens of thousands.

Iraq is not only building palaces. Iraq has reconstructed and repaired every
building and construction destroyed since 1991, purely relying on Iraqi expertise
and work. Schools (as have been suggested) have also been repaired and built, but
the problem of schools is not only building, but supplies and facilities.
All bridges, telephone exchanges, hospitals, oil refineries, electrical
generation plants, etc..have been repaired in as good a way as the availability of
spare parts allow.
So these malicious attacks from the INC are part of the propaganda of war, and I
hope that we don't fall victims to it.


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