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Iraq's New Master

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[Col. Recorded 6/27/04]

[Col. Writ. 6/27/04] Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

On the 30th of June, the Kissinger protege, L. Paul Bremer, will no longer rule in Iraq. Like a Roman prefect being recalled from the colonies, Bremer will relinquish his rights as Imperial Overlord, granted as a result of American arms.

In his stead will step John Negroponte, recently sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, and formerly Ambassador to Honduras.

If Negroponte's time in Honduras is any indication of Iraq's future, then it is grim indeed. Under Negroponte, Hondurans suffered from the ravages of the CIA-trained death squad, known as Battalion 316. According to the *Baltimore Sun*, that Honduran intelligence unit used "shock and suffocation devices in interrogations." The article noted, "Prisoners often were kept naked and when no longer useful, killed and buried in unmarked graves" (Baltimore Sun, 11 June 2004).

Negroponte, selected by the late president Ronald Reagan, played a key role in supporting and supervising the Nicaraguan *contras* who were based in Honduras. The US held the Hondurans in such low regard that the gringos privately referred to the nation as "our little whore in Central America." [Clara Nieto, *Masters of War: Latin America and U.S. Aggression* (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003), p. 319].

The cross-border attacks led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent civilians.
This is the dude that will help bring 'democracy' to the Iraqis. The Bush administration has selected a bona fide 'terrorist' to hold the post of American Ambassador.
Under such an administration as this, the depredations of Abu Ghraib will become the official norm.

Negroponte's job will be, as the new imperial prefect, to incorporate old Baathist elements back into the government, and especially, military service. His job is to reconstruct the Baathist infrastructure, the repressive armed forces, the intelligence apparatus, and, in essence, to reconstruct Iraq, without Saddam.

His Honduran expertise certainly bodes well for this project.

Already, we have heard Iraq's so- called interim prime minister, El Allawi, intimate that the government wants to institute martial law.

So much for 'democracy.'

The Iraq War was not waged 'for democracy.' It was based upon false pretenses, about alleged weapons of mass destruction that threatened US national security.
Now, it is part of a larger imperial project; the jump-off point of a mad effort of what Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls, "messianic militarists", to remake the face of the Middle East.

It is the age-old imperial conceit — to remake a nation in America's image. It is the global extension of the Monroe Doctrine — the claim to dominate any other nation, at will, because of military prowess.

A century of U.S. domination of Latin America hasn't left it better off. It is doubtful, in the extreme, whether U.S. domination of the Mid East will do those folks any good.
Surely, the sending of Negroponte is, at least, a bad omen. The action forced Honduran supporters of the so-called 'coalition' to call their troops home.

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal


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