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pogge
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posted 02 April 2003 05:28 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Brits win water fight

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UMM QASR, Iraq - The American who will run Iraq after the war crossed into the country yesterday and promptly had to settle a dispute between American and British allies over how to distribute water.

In his first visit to the nation of 25 million he would effectively administer, retired Gen. Jay Garner rejected the American plan to set up Iraqi vendors to sell water to people in the impoverished city and endorsed the British effort to give away water here.

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Garner sought to gloss over what had become an increasingly angry U.S.-British dispute on the direction and goals of the relief effort. The Americans wanted to jump-start a free-market economy by letting Iraqi contractors sell water at a modest profit to encourage private business in general.

But British officers were exasperated at what they viewed as a heavy-handed and unrealistic American attempt to impose supply-side economic theory on what is essentially a barter economy in the aftermath of dictatorship and war.


I thought liberating Iraqis meant allowing them to decide for themselves.


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DrConway
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posted 02 April 2003 06:29 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is rich. (with irony)

Not two weeks after the war's been kicked off the United States is trying, once again, to impose the "Washington Consensus" model of economics on a country at a power disadvantage to itself.

Thank providence the Brits have at least wised up after having been put through the wringer by Thatcher.


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SamL
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posted 02 April 2003 06:39 PM      Profile for SamL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The first representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development arrived here yesterday and attempted to visit a tiny makeshift fruit and vegetable market. The agency personnel were met with sullen stares and beat a hasty retreat to their sport-utility vehicle after a five-minute stay. They returned to the heavily guarded U.S. outpost at the port compound.

And they were expecting just what kind of a reaction?


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Kindred
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posted 02 April 2003 07:30 PM      Profile for Kindred     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Every time I hear the word "water" and "Amercians" used in the same sentence I start to sweat, being Canadian and all ..
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skdadl
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posted 02 April 2003 09:20 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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he made clear he has reservations about the new plan. He said selling water was meant to nudge the Iraqis into free-market practices "so that they don't get used to a welfare system."

Oh, God forbid anyone should assume that she has free access to the most basic necessity of life in her own country.

Since when does a bleeding colonel in anybody's army get to impose clearly ideological conditions on any other human being??? Christ, but this guy sounds like Julian Fantino. Or Craig Bromell (sp?). Rein the brute in!!!


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Kindred
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posted 02 April 2003 10:08 PM      Profile for Kindred     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This appears to be another of those "war discrepencies" or "truths and lies".

I noticed on the saturday when the US had first started shelling Basra that one of the reporters said the water had been cut off because of damage done by the shelling; very short comment made almost in passing ... however on or about the next thursday a spokesman for the US said that Saddam had cut off the water about 3 days before the engagement with Basra began --

So given the fact that I am inclined to believe that the Americans blowing the hell out of everything would inevitably lead to destruction of the areas infra structure that it takes a special kind of ignorance to deprive the citizens of their water supply and then offer to sell them water.


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