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

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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, 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

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