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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Iraqi Parliament to U.S.: Get Out

It appears that a majority of the Iraqi parliament have called for the U.S. to set a timetable to end the occupation of their country. You won't hear this story in the corporate media. You see, the Iraqi Nationalists who carried this vote are considered the bad guys by our government and its toady media.
...Asked about the Americans' reaction to the growing power of the nationalists, Mutlaq said, "We're trying our best to reach out to the U.S. side, but to no avail."

That appears to be a trend. Iraqi nationalists have attempted again and again to forge relationships with members of Congress, the State Department, the Pentagon and the White House but have found little interest in dialogue and no support. Instead, key nationalists like [Moqtada] al-Sadr have been branded as "extremists," "thugs" and "criminals."

I also spot discussion on this in a Bangladesh financial paper, but our vaunted media?

*crickets*

This is why Americans can't make informed decisions. (This is also why "net neutrality" is so important - as access to the Internet becomes more universal, maybe the citizens will become gradually more awake.)

You see, the "bad guys" here are the ones who want to unify an independant Iraq and retain control of its natural resources resource: oil. The "good guys" are the puppets and toadies who are in league with the wealthy corporatists - y'know, kinda like the White House. But worry not:
...The administration, along with their allies in Big Oil, has pressed the Iraqi government to adopt an oil law that would give foreign multinationals a much higher rate of return than they enjoy in other major oil producing countries and would lock in their control over what George Bush called Iraq's "patrimony" for decades.

Al-Shammari said this week: "We're afraid the U.S. will make us pass this new oil law through intimidation and threatening. We don't want it to pass, and we know it'll make things worse, but we're afraid to rise up and block it, because we don't want to be bombed and arrested the next day."

He's talking about the U.S. government, our government, and isn't that just desperately sad? Bombs for not agreeing to a contract?

That's the American Way, I guess.

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