We were sitting quietly after dinner looking over the bay at the twinkling winking lights of San Francisco.
Dinner was light and bright and the mists of a cool summer evening made everything out there look so soft with not a hint of the bone-chilling air on the other side of the glass.
We began to ponder the complications of Iraq; the incredibly complex set of elements acting on the lives of the innocent and guilty alike...
Shi'ites, SCIRI, the Badr Brigade, the Sunni, insurgents, maqowma, newly unemployed Awakening Council members, Bathists, Muslim Clerics Association, the Kurds, the KDP and PUK, Da’wa Party, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, or ISCI, and the Sadrists, Fadhila, Al Qaeda, kidnappers,orphan-youth-gangs, the gypsies of Diyala, the Christians, Chaldeans, Christian Assyrians, Chaldo-Assyrian...foreign business interests...
and they are all stuggling to get a piece of the pie. short-term or long, each faction has its own momentum.
Some want stability. Those with political power now would like to see themselves strengthened and entrenched. Rising power groups would like peace to enble them to grow. The Peace Movement requires security and more freedom of movement to allow its grass-roots endeavors to take root. Those with reconstruction projects want a calm environment ini which to profit from US tax dollars earmarked for helping rebuild Iraq.
Some desire continued chaos. The criminals thrive in the relatively lawless environment that results from a thinly spread central authority. Terrorists love the madness they create within the power vacuum, waiting for thier chance to step forward as the saviours of the victims.
Some make an incredible profit from the continuing occupation. It's no secret that the monthly $10 billion dollars being spent on the occupation doesn't just dissapear into the sky. It lines the pockets of the warOcrats of the US. Lucrative agriculture, ammunition, weapons, oil, gas, and manufacturing contracts extract billions of dollars from Iraq while leaving vague the details of which factions, or the central government, are in control. Local deals abound.
Pre-sanctions Iraq was the largest exporter of grain the middle East. Now the U.S. Cargill outfit sits atop a huge grain supply contract which was awarded to it by the Occupation Agriculture Chief Amstutz. And waht was he before being annointed with sucha title: A CEO of Cargill. Wonder of wonders! What a coincidence.
And the more we destory, and allow to be destroyed, the larger the reconctruction projects will be.
The more we break the more we get paid. Well not exactly all of us get paid. The taxpayers in the U.S. will foot a great deal of the bill as the American government puts reconstruction projects into place. The owners of the reconstruction companies will reap the profits.
And who are the owners? And what is their relationship the the Bushmen? It's not hard to find out, but I am too weary at this moment to dive into the depressing facts of the US war-profiteering machine. For now I'll just have to go by my prejudiced instincts and assume the theBushmen are making out just fine.
[OK: just a little: Warren Staley, in 2004 the chairman and chief executive officer of Cargill, Inc., has close ties with George W. Bush’s administration and was a major supporter of Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign.]
[Enough: I've got to get ready to meet Jack at the Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Waw! It's been a long time since we've seen each other!]
Peace to you and yours,