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Dear list,

This is exactly where we should be campaign. There are clearly strong groups
in the US administration that do not want democracy and others that do (in
some way or other). What we have to do is campaign to weaken those who
oppose democracy for iraq and strengthen those that do. the US
administration is certainly not united in its vision for iraq and we need to
exploit this to iraq's advantage.

Best wishes
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hassan" <>
To: "CASI" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2003 12:49 PM

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.


U.S. Eyes Dictatorial Regime In Baghdad: Iraqi Expert
By Khaled Shawkat, IOL Correspondent

AMSTERDAM, October 15 ( - 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

"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

"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

"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.


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

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

"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.

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