Bremer leaves the keys to Iraq to reliable, generous Corporation USA
I can't stay away.
Well even though it has been about 3 months since we’ve “handed over sovereignty” back to Iraq, it seems that no one has read the fine print of that agreement. Before Coalition Provisional Authority Leader Paul Bremer left the fledgling nation he was sure to permanently cripple the country so as to make them the single biggest US-owned gas station in the world. To refresh your memory, instead of a day of celebration, the CPA secretly held a five-minute meeting where a paper was signed and a hand was shaken. That paper was the new Iraqi Constitution, the document that would be the foundation of a new democratic Iraq free of the tyranny of Hussein. Instead, in true Bush Administration form, hours before the document was made official, Mr. Bremer added about 100 new orders into the constitution that cannot be repealed by and Iraqi governing body. The changes weren’t publicized nor even made public until after they were irrevocable and the new orders are shamelessly despicable.
Thanks to Bremer, all US citizens are immune to any Iraqi laws and those laws have no jurisdiction on any non-US contractor working with the United States. Thus, if a contractor decides he doesn’t like a certain Iraqi, he may kill at will without fear of consequence because not only is he immune from Iraqi law he is not under the jurisdiction of the military and cannot be tried in military courts. Fun. Bremer has ensured a sovereign Iraq by placing mandatory US advisors in every ministry and office in the government who each have the power to veto many decisions. But these aren’t the true meat of the corporate friendly main course of Bremer’s orders.
Let us sample two of the more delectable entrées:
Order 39 makes it possible for U.S. corporations operating in Iraq to own every business, do all of the work, and send all of their money home without reinvesting locally to service the Iraqi economy. Not a single Iraqi is required to be hired, not a single public service need be guaranteed, and last but not least any workers' rights can easily be ignored. Oh yeah, and corporations can take out their investments at any time.
Order 49 decreases the tax rate on corporations from 40 percent of the gross product to a flat rate of 15 percent. So even though corporations can take all of their money home and not contribute to the economy of Iraq, lowering the taxes on the corporations is the smart move to ensure a viable Iraqi economy.
These along with the other 98 changes to the Iraqi constitution are both immoral and illegal under international law ratified by the United States because they fundamentally change the laws of Iraq to suit the needs of private interests in the region. The other 98 basically allow any US or foreign private interest to carve out a piece of Iraq and own it for no shorter than 40 years without being required to contribute back to the country which they are pillaging. Awesome!
The other fun thing the US is doing is dangling an $18 billion sum taken from US tax payer money for the reconstruction of Iraq over the out-stretched hands of the government that needs it. We are basically black mailing the new sovereign nation by not releasing to them the funds they need to make Iraq a viable nation unless they do what we say. It’s a good thing the paper work that was signed said “Iraq is now Sovereign,” because the laws we’ve written, the aid we’re withholding, and the 133,000 troops that still occupy the nation say otherwise
But don’t you worry Iraq; the self-regulating, non-super-greedy corporations will totally protect you from being pillaged. Halliburton will be completely honest and transparent when they correctly estimate costs and services. Overcharge you? That’s completely not likely to always happen!