Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Coalition Provisional Authority- Bush's favourite cash cow

I imagine in years to come there will be many new millionaires who sit down by the fire with their young family and wistfully recount the day they received several million dollars in a duffel bag in the bombed out remains of a Baghdad hospital.

The whole debacle of Iraq and the Coalition Provisional Authority has been such an elegant demonstration of how the collective manipulation of national fear can be used to wage an illegal war and engage in nepotism, corruption and outright imperialism that I am not in the least surprised that Bush appears to be considering expanding the scope of the operation to include their new, favourite bogeyman- Iran. This is why the Shrubbery and their cronies (that includes you, Tony, you simpering fuckwit) cannot be allowed to get away with it.


"There is one corruption scandal that is so drenched in blood and tragedy that it is easy to forget that it is actually a story of corruption. I’m talking, of course, about the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Ex-CIA agent Philip Giraldi writing in The American Conservative – not a natural enemy of the Bush Administration or the war – sets it out it plainly:

‘The American-dominated Coalition Provisional Authority could well prove to be the most corrupt administration in history... At least $20 billion that belonged to the Iraqi people has been wasted, together with hundreds of millions of US taxpayer dollars. Exactly how many billions of additional dollars were squandered, stolen, given away, or simply lost will never be known because of the deliberate decision by the CPA not to meter oil exports...’"

"You have to ask the question: who is trying to teach whom about governance? From where does Paul Wolfowitz – who in his former US Defense Department job championed fraudster Ahmed Chalabi and was a prime architect of the Iraqi invasion – glean his authority to lecture Indonesians about corruption? What can Gordon Brown say to Africans on the subject after he supported and continues to support this most corrupt adventure in recent history?

Perhaps such hypocrites can be held to account more easily for having spoken out on corruption. But equally when they use the language of anti-corruption it risks creating a climate of cynicism in which corruption can only continue to flourish.

There’s a piece of advice that Kenyan anti-graft activist John Githongo gives anyone who wants to try and combat corruption: ‘Start with your own people.’"

That last sentence is the essence of my philosophy. There is so much wrong with our modern lives that it is immoral to start criticising others whilst we continue to pollute the erst of the world, repress the other inhabitants and still continue trying to tell everyone else how to live their lives. We didn't even come up with the moral structure of our current society- we are all living by the philosophical standards suggested by people who died 2 centuries ago (the enlightenment, dumbass!). I will dwell on this further.

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