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U.S. the New Saddam

Published on Sunday, September 4, 2005 by the Toronto Sun
By Eric Margolis

The most important news from Iraq last week was not the much ballyhooed constitutional pact by Shias and Kurds, nor the tragic stampede deaths of nearly 1,000 pilgrims in Baghdad.

The U.S. Air Force's senior officer, Gen. John Jumper, stated U.S. warplanes would remain in Iraq to fight resistance forces and protect the American-installed regime "more or less indefinitely." Jumper's bombshell went largely unnoticed due to Hurricane Katrina.

Gen. Jumper let the cat out of the bag. While President George Bush hints at eventual troop withdrawals, the Pentagon is busy building four major, permanent air bases in Iraq that will require heavy infantry protection.

Jumper's revelation confirms what this column has long said: The Pentagon plans to copy Imperial Britain's method of ruling oil-rich Iraq. In the 1920s, the British cobbled together Iraq from three disparate Ottoman provinces to control newly-found oil fields in Kurdistan and along the Iranian border.

London installed a puppet king and built an army of sepoy (native) troops to keep order and put down minor uprisings. Government minister Winston Churchill authorized use of poisonous mustard gas against Kurdish tribesmen in Iraq and Pushtuns in Afghanistan (today's Taliban). The RAF crushed all revolts.

It seems this is what Jumper has in mind. Mobile U.S. ground intervention forces will remain at the four major "Fort Apache" bases guarding Iraq's major oil fields. These bases will be "ceded" to the U.S. by a compliant Iraqi regime. The U.S. Air Force will police the Pax Americana with its precision-guided munitions and armed drones.

The USAF has developed an extremely effective new technique of wide area control. Small numbers of strike aircraft are kept in the air around the clock. When U.S. ground forces come under attack or foes are sighted, these aircraft deliver precision-guided bombs. This tactic has led Iraqi resistance fighters to favour roadside bombs over ambushes against U.S. convoys.

The USAF uses the same combat air patrol tactic in Afghanistan, with even more success. The U.S. is also developing three major air bases in Pakistan, and others across Central Asia, to support its plans to dominate the region's oil and gas reserves.

While the USAF is settling into West Asia, the mess in Iraq continues to worsen. Last week's so-called "constitutional deal" was the long-predicted, U.S.-crafted pact between Shias and Kurds, essentially giving them Iraq's oil and virtual independence. The proposed constitution assures American big business access to Iraq's oil riches and markets.

The furious but powerless Sunnis were left in the lurch. Sunnis will at least have the chance to vote on it in a Oct. 15 referendum, but many fear it will be rigged.

The U.S. reportedly offered the 15 Sunni delegates $5 million each to vote for the constitution -- but was turned down. No mention was made that a U.S.-guided constitution for Iraq would violate the Geneva Conventions.

Chinese Taoists say you become what you hate. In a zesty irony, the U.S. now finds itself in a similar position as demonized Saddam Hussein. Saddam had to use his Sunni-dominated army to hold Iraq together by fighting Kurdish and Shia rebels. His brutal police jailed tens of thousands and routinely used torture.

Today, Iraq's new ruler, the U.S., is battling Sunni insurgents, ("al-Qaida terrorists," in the latest Pentagon doublespeak), rebuilding Saddam's dreaded secret police, holding 15,000 prisoners and torturing captives, as the Abu Ghraib outrage showed.

Much of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama National Guard were in Iraq last week week instead of at home. Meanwhile, the Kurds are de facto independent, the Shia are playing footsie with Iran, and large parts of Iraq resemble the storm-ravaged U.S. Gulf Coast -- or vice versa.


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What would you know just 'cuz you fought in a couple of little skirmishes like WW1 and WW2 and rescued a few U.S. embassy people from the Iran hostage incident.

If you don't quit your incipid holier-than-thou bad mouthing, you're gonna get your reward just as soon as Uncle Dick gets done nuking Iran. Don't forget, you've got a few oil fields too!


incipid = insipid ( ĭn-sĭp ' ĭd ) adj. bland, lacking taste, Canadian


*London, Sep 5 (IPS) -* U.S. influence in the process of drafting a constitution for Iraq is excessive and "highly inappropriate", a United Nations official says.

"It is a matter of public record that in the final weeks of the process the newly arrived U.S. ambassador (Zalmay Khalizad) took an extremely hands-on role," Justin Alexander, legal affairs officer for the office of constitutional support with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) told IPS. "Even going so far as to circulate at least one U.S draft."

'rescued a few U.S. embassy people from the Iran hostage incident"

Get your fact right at least:

That was a CIA operation but because they were afraid of avenges on other hostages, and sending operatives to Iran as Canadian film makers, Canadian embassy took the responsibility for operation. In reality they had little to do with the rescue mission.

Nonetheless Canadians government although against this war but helping US , both in Iraq, and Afghanistan, which public are against it.

I'm well aware that the CIA was involved in providing a cover story, but it was the Canadians who took the fugitives into their compound and residences and it was the Canadian government (explicitly authorized by their Prime Minister of the day) that issued them with passports to get them out. I wouldn't say that the Canadian actions had "little to do" with the results.

But, in any case, so what? I suppose you're going to tell me that Canadians had "little to do" with WW1 and WW2 also, even though, in both cases, they were in the thick of it long before Americans were. Of course, we all know that John Wayne always defeats the bad guys single-handed with a little help from the U.S. cavalry.

Canucks may be insipid, but Yanks seem to pick up their "history" and a sense of insufferable superiority from Hollywood and Washington propaganda. Which is worse?

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You people will beleive any piece of crap that you read that is pro your message. WTC were brought down by controlled demo? You are out of your mind if you beleive this stuff.

So was Pearl Harbor staged too? By George W. Bush...

Love to read this stuff, you people keep me laughing and young.

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

AFAIK, Priest is one individual. Is he your chosen "straight man"?

You keep posting that "BUSH AND CHENEY INDICTED" note repeatedly, often where it has no obvious relevance to the particular item under discussion and without any independent confirmation that I've been able to find anywhere. We should be getting a report directly from the "horse's mouth" before too much longer. So I'm curious about all the repeated speculative screeds.

I'm not in any way questioning your right to freedom of speech. I just don't understand the rational for your apparently random interjections. Is there a pattern somewhere that I'm missing? At times, it almost seems like a distraction.

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