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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. Regards HZ _________________________________________________________ Need help building a winning CV? An impressive cover letter? It's all right here for FREE! Go to Maktoob Jobs. http://www.maktoob.com/ _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk