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Dear List, The following article should serve to tell those under the illusion that the US destroyed Iraq to impose democracy that they are fooling themselves.. No amount of money, be it GBP 100 000 or one million, will bring democracy as long as the US occupies the country and appoints puppets to run it. HZ ------------------------------------------- http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-10/15/article03.shtml U.S. Eyes Dictatorial Regime In Baghdad: Iraqi Expert By Khaled Shawkat, IOL Correspondent AMSTERDAM, October 15 (IslamOnline.net) – The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) strongly advocates establishing a "stable totalitarian regime" in postwar Iraq on par with other regimes in the region," an Iraqi political expert, who was a collaborator with the U.S. occupation, told IslamOnline.net. "The CIA does believe that democracy would bring in anti-U.S. powers, some thing which is not desired by Washington," said Essam Khaffagi, director of Iraq's human resources observatory, who resigned from the U.S.-formed reconstruction and development council. He said the U.S. intelligence bears in mind that a democratic regime in Iraq would be opposed by neighboring countries, given that this regime would not be in their interests. "The democratic regime would, in a nutshell, expose such countries before their peoples," Khaffagi charged. "Additionally, well-placed Iraqi sources confirmed that the CIA is liaising with Baathists, who were top at Saddam Hussein's dictatorial hierarchy." The Iraqi expert said that the CIA had demanded some Arab countries, "who are known for their opposition to a democratic regime in postwar Iraq," to play a bigger role in the occupied Arab country. He further said the U.S. has tasked Jordan with training Iraqi police, rebuffing French and German requests. "The Americans do not want the new Iraqi police to act on European security standards, which respect human rights, but rather on the repressive Arab ones," added Khaffagi, who was one of 140 Iraqi experts handpicked by the White House after occupying Iraq. Pressures Khaffagi also urged Arab countries and the international community to press the United States into relinquishing powers to the Iraqis as soon as possible, adding that it did not honor its pledges of spreading democracy. "Past events proved that the Americans did not practice what they preached and that they would only bow to pressures and opposition of the Iraqi people (to their policies)," he said. "Iraq now is in a dire need to have institutions and a government that derive legitimacy from the Iraqis themselves." But the Iraqis are fully aware that "they cannot overcome 35 years of dictatorship in a short period of time, but do believe that they have untapped potentials that enable them to run their own matters in a record-breaking time," he said. U.S. Arrogance Khaffagi said that the U.S. has become increasingly arrogant after the flash downfall of the Iraqi capital on April 9. "They unjustifiably scrapped plans and documents that had been drawn up painstakingly by scores of Iraqi experts in 2002 under the tutelage of Washington to secure postwar Iraq and head off ensuing problems," he asserted. "The documents advised the cheerful Americans not to dissolve Iraqi administrative and military bodies, thinking that they were able to run the country all by themselves," he recalled. "The U.S. administration is now divided (over Iraq), and there is a power struggle between the State Department and the Pentagon over running the war-scarred country. Unfortunately, the Iraqis are paying the price for such division, which is far from over," Khaffagi concluded in a pessimistic tone. __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Shopping - with improved product search http://shopping.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ 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