Thursday, September 25, 2003

Ham-fisted authority

Tribune Bremer, who previously disbanded the Iraqi Army (thereby loosing hundreds of thousands of armed young men, jobless, on the Iraqi citizenry) has, as previously reported, ordered a full-scale opening of Iraq's commerce to foreign private ownership. I previously argued that this was hypocritical--hardly the considered act of a democratic authority--and now the Guardian, in an excellent analysis, points out that it will spell economic disaster for Iraq, as indeed it did for the former Soviet Union twelve years ago.
Isn't anybody thinking out there?
I gotta say, I feel sorry for the Iraqis, really do. They've got to be feeling more frustrated than I do--and that's hard to imagine.

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