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Troops secure the black gold

by C/O Diogenes Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2003 at 2:00 PM

WHAT IS the difference between most government buildings in Baghdad and the Ministry of Oil? All but the Oil Ministry have been looted, burned or destroyed in the past weeks.


Troops secure the black gold

By a Daily Telegraph correspondent in Baghdad


WHAT IS the difference between most government buildings in Baghdad and the Ministry of Oil?

All but the Oil Ministry have been looted, burned or destroyed in the past weeks.

Most other public buildings are unguarded but the huge Oil Ministry headquarters on Palestine St has been ringed by more than 70 US troops.

A dozen armoured personnel carriers guard the site.

That glaring contrast has convinced many angry Iraqis that Washington's invasion was motivated by its own interests and the state of international oil markets rather than its professed concern for the Iraqi public.

Iraqis had long been told by Saddam's regime that any US invasion of Iraq would be motivated by oil, and the special protection of the Ministry of Oil has become a public relations disaster.

Growing scepticism about US motives is now the greatest threat to its chances of installing a new Iraqi government with popular support.

Middle-class Iraqis have complained bitterly over the past week that the looting of ministry buildings will have to be paid for by taxpayers.

Muslims have been deeply offended by the failure of US troops to protect mosques like the 1200-year-old Abu Hanifa Mosque which had its cherished clock tower blasted in a US attack.

People only have to use their eyes to see what the Americans are really interested in, Hayder Daoud Salman said yesterday.

"Everyone is looking around at what the Americans are protecting and what they are leaving to the Ali Babas [looters] and knowing why they came here," he said.

> Salman, a television repairman, was working yesterday as a spokesman for armed Shi'ite Muslims protecting the Kindi Hospital.

"I think it is a message that their only interest is oil," he said.

But Major Paul Kanopka yesterday said the US military had no regrets about its handling of law and order.

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I did not know... Diogenes Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2003 at 2:03 PM
Oil? Got Oil? Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2003 at 9:50 PM
Hmmm fresca Thursday, Apr. 17, 2003 at 1:22 AM
fresca fresca Thursday, Apr. 17, 2003 at 2:18 PM
scoreboard Darwin Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 11:06 AM
WMDs©? We don't need no steenking WMDs© Diogenes Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 4:12 PM
Explain this to me... daveman Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 4:17 PM
You know better than that davemoron. Diogenes Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 4:28 PM
An old cold turd? daveman Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 5:08 PM
LOL fresca Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 5:39 PM
down, set hike Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 5:47 PM
t's gonna take a little more time than four weeks. lies and distortion Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 7:39 PM
scoreboard Darwin Friday, Apr. 18, 2003 at 10:24 PM
wmd dmw Saturday, Apr. 19, 2003 at 11:34 AM
dmw Bush Admirer Sunday, Apr. 20, 2003 at 3:22 PM
FBA fba Sunday, Apr. 20, 2003 at 3:26 PM
It's the Oil Stupid Mailman Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 2:57 AM

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