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Once it becomes possible to charge a price to someone that price can vary depending upon all sorts of factors. For instance the Gulf War was charged on by the USA to various parties at various rates. That could have been at the marginal cost, but I would be surprised if it was. I would expect the figures to include "profit" for all sorts of things. For example you can charge for a soldier being in the gulf on the following four bases: a) No charge b) The marginal cost, the additional costs of fuel for flying the soldier to the gulf and additional food costs c) The total cost, includes the salary of the soldier and possibly something for training d) A full charge - the same price as a mercenary would charge. There are lots of other options as well. I wonder sometimes if the reason why the US wishes to bomb Iraq when it is not necessary to is because they have paid already for the bombs and would like to charge someone else for them with an additional on cost for delivery charges. _______________________________________________ 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