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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] By the way, Hassan, thank you for your excellent insight into my original question. Please accept my apologies for my terse response to your preamble, I stand without an excuse. Ditto to Abi and the rest. In a message dated 09/22/2002 9:55:48 AM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > 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. > Roger Stroope Peace is a Human Right Austin College _______________________________________________ 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