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This report is something that seemed to be going on in the background. It actually seems to be that the USA wish to cause the maximum possible amount of strife. That is something in accordance with the armageddon conspiracy theory. a) They are sidelining the opposition - even those who were supportive of them b) They are going for the Hiroshima style of Shock and Awe - something which involves specifically attacking civilian targets c) They are not going to listen to the Franco-German alternative. http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonNews/es.es-02-13-0052.html U.S. plans for Iraq raising hackles By AP SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq -- The United States has told Iraq's opposition it plans to install a U.S.-military-run administration in Iraq and keep many lower-level officials of President Saddam Hussein's party in their jobs after the Iraqi leadership falls, senior opposition officials said. U.S. envoys announced the plans during a meeting in Turkey last week on a "take it and don't you dare leave it" basis, said Kanan Makiya, a Brandeis University professor and a leading member of the Iraqi National Congress. The plan was outlined by U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. State Department official David Pearce and senior White House and Pentagon officials, said Makiya and an official who attended the meeting. "All the Iraqi opposition figures are completely sidelined," Makiya said yesterday. "This plan will result in turning the Iraqi opposition into opponents of the United States." Yesterday, two senior U.S. officials discussed a broad outline of how they would make the transition from a U.S.-run military administration to an Iraqi civilian government after Saddam falls. During testimony before the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee, Marc Grossman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, said the United States would remain in Iraq "as long as is necessary" but "not one day more." He and Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defence for policy, said U.S. objectives include preserving Iraq's territorial integrity and persuading Iraqis inside and outside the country to work together to establish a government that represents various ethnic and religious groups. _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk