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[casi] Re: Latest Iraq SCR - US Admin. Seems to Reject Peacekeeping Prerequisites

>In Iraq this week, L. Paul Bremer III, the top American >administrator
in the occupation, said that over the next >four years, the amount of
money needed from outside for >Iraq would be "staggering." Many experts
say it could
>amount to tens of billions of dollars.

>Mr. Rumsfeld, according to administration officials, >vehemently opposes
any dilution of military authority >over Iraq by involving the United

My thoughts (at least for today):
Then let the US stagger. The more it costs the US, the greater the
chances of the bums being booted out of office, and investigations
leading to putting the criminals on trial.

As near as I can figure, that's the strategy of blowing up the oil pipes.
What is worrysome to me are the attacks on the water pipe and the prison
compound. It's possible the prison attack was an error (?) -- or from a
rival group of those incarcerated? Yet these attacks would seem to be
hurtful to the Iraqi people. While it might stir up resentment, would the
anger fall on the US? (Or is this the CIA or some such trying one of
their insane stunts to demoralize the Iraqi people -- or trying to reduce
the population -- or increasing "divide and conquer" chaos to interfere
with organized resistance and justify strong-arm tactics?) Who can gain
from the attacks on water and prisoners?

But considering the chaos, why would any non-US company want to get
involved now? Do any believe that the US can bring about enough stability
for contracts to be honored or profitable? Why would any other nation
want to get involved when disaster is so likely to be the result -- and
be in a position to take the blame? When someone throws a wildcat in the
air, it is unwise to try to catch it.

The humane and the smart policy for the other nations to pursue is to
provide what humanitarian aid they can, and let the US/UK (and it seems
even the UK may be in a process of withdrawal, trying not to be noticed)
foot the bill, and take the heat.

This would in fact, be a good time for the Arab and Muslim nations (under
the auspices of the Arab league?) to send humanitarian aid (water,
medicine, money, small generators). Could the US afford to block it?  But
then what of the resulting Arab solidarity? No, the US would be forced to
try to "look good" by increasing the wealth they commit to Iraq and
fulfill their obligations to the people. (Matching funds.)

As Annie Oakley sang in the musical "You can't get a man with a gun!"

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