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by Brent Herbert
Friday, Apr. 04, 2003 at 9:19 AM
When they find out that the oil profits will, of course, be going into the pockets of the U.S. oil robber barons, they will be even more pissed off...After all, these are the Americans who are liberating Iraq's oil fields, and in America, there is no such thing as 'developing the oil for the benefit of all the people' and, despite George W. Bush's socialist talk, the people of Iraq will be robbed blind and then left with nothing, just like Africa after colonialism...
The inevitable propaganda movies have been played (joyous people celebrating American troops) and of course when the inevtiable happened there was troll posting to Indymedia sites such as the following
Now, CNN has just shown footage of an angry mob blocking the movement of troops. The CNN correspondent looked very perplexed by this strange new development. There was gigantic mob shaking their fists and chanting in anger, and the tanks were stopped.
First its one thing and then its another.
personally, I don't pay any attention to all the bullshit explanations and all the bullshit propaganda going out about this war.
In the end, the only thing that matters is Iraqi oil. We are coming to the end of the oil age, and, after living in poverty over the last century while their oil wealth makes rich Shieks and rich american oil barons ever more rich, the people of the middle east, and the people of Iraq, are about to lose the last little bit of their hopes for the future.
immediately, during the first three days of the war, the Americans moved swiftly to occupy all the oil fields, with the bullshit propaganda line being that 'the oil is the property of the Iraqi people' and that it would be 'developed for the benefit of all the Iraqi people.' Yah. That's right. George W. Bush, socialist. Funny how he's not like that in America. IN America the oil is developed only for the benefit of the rich oil barons, just as is the case with the lumber and everything else, and Iraq will be no different.
The only difference in Iraq will be that Iraq is a colony of the wealthy west, and as is the case throughout colonial history, the rule of thumb is export the wealth, and then dump the empty nut shell, leaving the colony in extreme poverty (see the entire continent of Africa which was sucked dry of resources, left undeveloped and ripped off, and the discarded onto the trash heap of poverty).
So then if some Shi'ites are politically unconcious and decide to dance in the streets as the American troops roll in, I say let them dance, while they can, before the last drop of oil runs out, and they are left to market sand dunes and palm dates, and you can only go so far on palm dates and sand is not a hot commodity on the world's markets.
As I said the people of the Middle east have been oppressed and kept in poverty for most of the last century while huge profits have been made sucking the last drop of oil out from under their sand, and now very little is left, and their hopes for the future are disappearing as fast as the profits from the oil under their feet.
So let the politically niave and the unconcious dance for CNN and the American Military Industrial Complex and the Robbing Oil Barons of the United States, and let the trolls rush straight to Indymedia sites to post the glorious news of those dancing fools. They are not all dancing, because they are not all unconcious, thus leaving CNN correspondents looking troubled and confused. As the correspondent said, of those angry mobs blocking the invading troops, it just goes to show you how much of a 'grey area' there is in a place like Iraq.
One good thing you can say about Saddam Hussein is that about half the population of Iraq is entirely dependant on the food baskets Saddam hands out from the oil for food program. Iraq was once a 'middle class' type of country with a decent standard of living all of which was completly destroyed by the sanctions plunging the nation into third world status. George Bush is promising to be as generous with those food stamps as Saddam was, but given how food stamps have been sacked and social security and medicaire are being ransacked in the United States, it is a little hard to imagine how the Iraqis are going to be the ones getting the better deal than the people of America.
Of course it is lying bullshit (or BushShit if you prefer). There are about 10 million Iraqis who are entirely dependant on Iraq's social security system, and keeping them in food stamps will seriously cut into the profits of all that light, sweet Iraqi crude, so those people are in for some pretty hard times, given that it is the dog eat dog, everyone for themselves, robber baron capitalism that is in vogue in America that is about the devestate the social safety in Iraq, just as it has been devestated in Africa due to IMF imposed little America policies which have been forced onto poor countries around the world (in a nutshell, cut taxes for the rich, and then destroy the social services and safety net programs for the poor). Currently, due to this devestation of the safety net programs, about 40 million people are about to starve to death in Africa, being to damn poor to afford to eat, and it is a little hard to believe that those charming and much loved people of Iraq won't be doing some of that starving as well, because Uncle Sam doesn't do the charity thing, and as for the oil, it won't be developed for them but for super rich oil barons, who will also not be getting taxed on their great wealth, as Iraq gets the same iron gloved treatment dished out to all the other colonies in the world.
As the oil is siphoned off, and the profits disappear, and the people of the middle east understand that their future in trying to sell sand dunes doesn't look to bright, we can expect a lot less of that dancing for the Pentagon propagandists and a lot more of that angry fist waving. Until then let the unconcious dance and let the trolls post their equally unconcious celebrations of those dances on Indy sites. The struggle against this war goes far beyond this war. I have heard people saying 'and then we will have to move on to protest the next war and try to stop the next war.' Hey, not so fast. The protest against this imperialist aggression will and must go on perpetually, long after the so called 'victory' is declared, unless you want to be the party to once again ripping off entire nations and then tossing them onto the scrap heap of history...its called colonialism, imperialism (steal their stuff and then sell it yourself). you might be familiar with it from history. Its how the poor nations got to be so damned poor in the first place and also how the north got to be so much better off, with the really super rich doing the very best out of that crooked deal, and now its is happening to Iraq as well.
What is happening to Iraq is just the military expression of what the IMF has been doing to poor countries at the bidding of Washington for years. In the example of Iraq, it has just become more brutal and shown its face, instead of trying to hide behind a viel. But its the same process at work. Tax cuts for the rich. No regulations. No social services. No food stamps or welfare or other such things. No barriers or interference with the most brutal type of robber baron capitalism. Become a low cost exporter of resources for the enrichment of a select few (always known by the euphemism 'investors').
It has been said that war fare is just politics being expressed in a different form. What's happening to Iraq is just the brutal military expression of what has been happening through the agency of the IMF for many, many years.
this is not the first time the extreme right wing has co-opted the socialist talk, you know, like the extreme right winger, George Bush, talking about medicaire and food stamps for Iraq, and then even going so far as to say that the oil 'is the property of the Iraqi people' and 'will be developed for the benefit of all the Iraqi people'
the historical precendent is truly disturbing
Nazi means, after all, National Socialist
When a right winger finds it convenient to co-opt socialist leftist type talk what we have here is an example of National Socialism, a technique pioneered by that other great socialist talker Adolph Hitler, an extreme right winger who was so eager to co-opt socialism and socialist talk he even named that extreme right wing movement of his "National Socialist' better known to most people as 'nazi'...not a very comfortable historical precedent, wouldn't you say...
but as I said, the Iraqi people will benefit from those oil profits when pigs fly, or when the American people benefit from the oil, lumber or what ever else America has, whichever comes first (I think I'll go with the flying pig myself, because its a lot more likely to happen)
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