Iraq: What is it worth?
At the start of 2007, sound minded people looked at Iraq and thought:
"what a mistake".
This is naive.
The misery suffered by the Iraqis is not the the side-effect of errors
of political judgement. It is the result of calculated planning.
Since 1990, the ‘coalition of the willing’ has worked tirelessly
to induce conditions of escalating misery; for these are the conditions
required for unconditional surrender on our terms.
Consider 12 years of crippling
sanctions stripping Iraq of effective defences (against disease as
well as military force). Consider the bombing and looting of power plants
which once faithfully provided 24 hour water and electricity, or the decomissioning
of the Iraqi army which, overnight, left 100,000s of families without
an income. Consider the levelling of Fallujah, a town with a similar sized
population to Leicester. Consider the US door
to door kickings and kidnappings and the training of proxy death
squads. These operations were planned.
Make no mistake. Such is the siren-like allure of the world's most highly
valued prize, any amount of provocation or torture is routinely excused,
any amount of killing forgiven, no amount of human suffering seen as a
The prize? Liquid cash - ample undrilled oil reserves, which are estimated
to be worth, in potential foreign oil company contracts alone, around
Now, who could use a pile of dollars 95 miles high right now?
Ends | 6 Feb 2007 | The Leg