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With a change
of name, amid pomp and ceremony, the group formerly known as the
Iraq Governing Council has announced the naming of almost all of
its members (20
out of 22, at last count) to the new Interim Government of Iraq.
With the Oil
Minister notably among the first appointed, the US government went
out of its way to point to the supposed 'independence' of the group,
by their selection
of a guy who wasn't the US favorite to lead as president of the
Lost in this
'appointment', however, is the fact that *all* of the people in
the interim government, just as the IGC itself, were themselves
appointed by the U.S. Overlord of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer.
Are they independent?
independent, if only of the Iraqi people they are supposed to 'represent.'
They depend, however, on the US imperial army, for their very lives.
of the IGC have been slain in the past several months, and few of
them feel safe enough to mingle with the people they claim to govern.
Ghazi al-Yawer, the president-select of the interim government,
and his fellow ministers are about as safe among their people as
Hamid Karzai, the US-selected president of Afghanistan, is outside
of the capital of Kabul (which is to say, not at all).
The fact of
the matter is, one may change the name of a thing, but not change
its essence. As the great English playwright, William Shakespeare
asked, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose; By any
other name would smell as sweet." Call it the Iraq Governing
Council; or the Iraq Interim Government; isn't it still a puppet
government, under the thumb and whim of the Americans? If not Bremer,
then, an assorted bunch of US generals; if not them, then the US
Ambassador. They call the
How can any
alleged government be 'independent', when its territory is overrun
by a foreign army, almost 150,000-strong, over which it exercises
no authority whatsoever?
This is a puppet
government, an occupation government, as false, as illegitimate
as the Vichy regime over Paris under the boots of the Nazis during
the 2d World War.
The US didn't
go to Iraq to 'establish democracy.' It hasn't 'established democracy'
in Dade, Seminole, or Alachua Counties, in Florida. It hasn't 'established
democracy' in its colony of Puerto Rico, where these so-called 'citizens'
cannot vote in national general elections, and have a 'representative'
in the US House, who cannot vote on the floor! It hasn't 'established'
a single true democracy in over a century in Latin America, having
instead supported the most brutal and savage dictatorships known
to man or woman.
The US is in
Iraq because beneath its roiling sands, in the belly of the nation,
lies dark, viscous pools of petroleum. It's all about crude, y'all
black gold, 'Texas tea', that is oil.
it's *all* about. That's all it's ever been about.
Government serves, not at the pleasure of the Iraqi people; but
at the behest of the US Empire. They can be as easily dismissed
as former favorite, Ahmed Chalabi's stipend from the CIA was removed.
The Iraqis will be under the automatic
M-16s of helmeted, camouflaged Americans for some time to come.
The US will
stage-manage the upcoming elections, much as the Bush Regime stage-managed
those here, to insure the outcome they desire.
Let us remember
the words of a "senior U.S. official" to their former
puppet, Chalabi: "We can bring the full force of U.S. power
to bear against him." "He should not forget that,"
the "official" added. [*Washington Post* (Wk. ed.), 5/31
6/6/04, p. 5].
was not for Chalabi alone, but for all on the strings, of the
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