Bomb before you buy

What is being planned in Iraq is not reconstruction but robbery

Tuesday 15 April 2003, by Naomi KLEIN

On April 6, deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out: there will be no role for the UN in setting up an interim government in Iraq. The US-run regime will last at least six months, "probably
longer than that". And by the time the Iraqi people have a say in choosing a government, the key economic decisions about their country’s future will have been made by their occupiers. "There has to be an effective administration from day one," Wolfowitz said. "People need water and food and medicine, and the sewers have to
work, the electricity has to work. And that’s coalition
responsibility."

The process of how they will get all this infrastructure to work is usually called "reconstruction". But American plans for Iraq’s future economy go well beyond that. Rather than rebuilding, the country is being treated as a blank slate on which the most ideological Washington neo-liberals can design their dream economy: fully privatised, foreign-owned and open for business.

Read the complete story published in The Guardian :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,936202,00.html

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