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Mar. 30th, 2003 | 01:21 pm

"If U.S. taxpayers are going to be gifting billions of dollars in technology and infrastructure to the Iraqi people we ought to make sure, to the greatest extent possible, that those expenditures also benefit the American people and the American economy," Issa said Thursday. "If we build a system based on European technology, the Europeans will receive the royalties, not U.S. patent holders. From an investment standpoint, that is a bad decision." (The european technology he refers to is GSM)

Not to mention "British anger as port contract goes to US firm rather than to locals

My vision of the worst case scenario for a conquered Iraq is for the resources of Iraq to be handed over to American companies, while the US pulls its peacekeeping forces out too quickly allowing Iraq to collapse into chaos. After the population starts rising up against ther new colonial masters, the corps would then start employing private military corporations to pacify Iraqi resistance.

Somewhat like what is happening in columbia.

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 30th, 2003 04:12 pm (UTC)
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If there's any sort of justification for what's happening in Columbia, I'm yet to hear it. The existence of "private military contractors" isn't something I knew about. I thought the US simply funded Columbian right-wing paramilitaries to attack the FARC. The idea of private unaccountable (except to shareholders and the CIA) military organisations is terrifying indeed.

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 30th, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC)
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There's oil in columbia which the US must control. Also the US must crush anyone who doesn't believe in laize-faire capitalism. I think that's all they really care about.

Growing up I like to read science fiction, with an eye toward realistic hard science. Eventually I started reading cyberpunk novels, about a dystopic future where corporations controlled everything, life was cheap, and the tattered remains of the environment continued to collapse around humanity.

Then I stopped reading fiction because it was too realistic and depressing.

Now I read books on the state of the world and how to engage in social activism.

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