Thursday, August 21, 2003

More bomb shockwaves

The perpetrators of the UN building attack in Baghdad are probably very excited to learn that not only is the UN withdrawing from Baghdad, but so are the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Furthermore, Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf is expected to fail to receive parliamentary support for the deployment of Pak peacekeepers to Iraq.

While on the outside this appears to be bad for Iraq, at the same time organisations like the IMF and World Bank are perceived as part of the American conspiracy to exploit Iraq, and peacekeepers from other countries, particularly muslim countries like Pakistan, are seen as symbols legitimising the American occupation.

If the Iraqi resistance manages to force all foreign organisations to leave, the American military will be left alone, and we all know how good they are at winning Iraqi hearts and minds. Right now the Iraqi population is being wooed by the USA with the help of all these organisations. Even if organisations like the UN have good intentions in Baghdad, they are being used by the USA as smoke and mirrors to distract from what is really going on. Take them away and all that is left is the reality of the imperialist occupation. So the guerrillas, although they are making enemies of supposedly benevolent organisations in the short term, are brutally but effectively clearing a path to popular support among the Iraqi population.

I predict that unless the Americans undertake extraordinary measures to protect them, the members of the US-appointed Iraqi governing council will be among the next targets of the guerrillas. Why? Because they are the tool the Americans will try to use to actually legalise the organised theft of Iraqi wealth.

Of course with every attack against US interests we can expect the same BS to be parroted by Little Bush and his cronies, about how tragic it is that the enemies of freedom wish to take away the gift that is being given to the Iraqi people, etc. etc. but don't expect Iraqis and Arabs in general to fall for such primitive rhetoric.