Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Hate The War

Sylvia Pfeifer (Financial Times of London) reports that Nouri's prepping a potential one billion dollar deal in which Iraq will purchase "Hawk trainer jets from the UK". What does the Iraqi Parliament say about that deal?

Oh, right. There is no Iraqi Parliament. Nouri postponed the elections from December to January and then they fell back to March. And the Parliament's term has expired. So has Nouri's actually, but that didn't stop him and his cabinet from making million dollars deals with individuals as part of a five-year plan that he couldn't get through when Parliament was in session. He does a lot of things now that he doesn't have oversight.

UPI reports that Moqtada al-Sadr "has demanded that 'illegal' contracts signed with foreign oil companies in 2009 be negotiated." Nizar Latif (The National Newspaper) adds, "The Sadrists, fervent nationalists although they have been heavily linked with Iran, where their leader is currently based, say the deals break Iraqi laws. The Iraqi oil ministry says the contracts will result in 'more than US$100 billion' (Dh367bn) worth of investment." Gee, you have to wonder what contracts Nouri's entering Iraq into right now that Iraqis will wish they could cancel.

Nouri rejected any notion of an interim government. Ayad Allawi is calling for one. But if Nouri doesn't control the government, then he can't get his recounts and he can't get the judges to go along with him and he can't steal the election. He also can't make any of the deals he wants to.

Allawi wants the US and UN to intervene to guarantee there is no theft of the election. But you have to wonder about the others. You have to wonder, for example, about England and how a British company thinks it's appropriate into a contract with Nouri as opposed to waiting a few months. You have to wonder about the British government that allows it and the British citizens that are not up in air over it.

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war

Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh

-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

Last Thursday, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4392. Tonight? 4394.

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