Posted by Sadie from ? (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 3:15PM :
In Reply to: Re: I just grilled an Iraqi ex-pat posted by iraqi pancho from customer-148-223-66-109.uninet.net.mx (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 1:55PM :
What's interesting is that this ex-pat owns 3 houses - 1 house in the States, 1 in Kuwait, & 1 in Iraq.... He's not struggling for survival.
& he kept bad-mouthing the Sunnis (because he is Shia).... brother against brother.
When someone asked him whether the "end" (regime change) justified the "means" ("war"), it made me reconsider what the "end" could possibly mean. Surely, one could say that an "end" could be the death & destruction that has occurred as a result of this "war"? Let's think what is the real "end" here....
Furthermore, the guy glossed over the deaths & casualties like he was talking about exterminating puppies. It was as if he was saying, "Yes, they're cute & cuddly, but come on, we have to get something accomplished here." What an asshole!
& when someone in the audience brought up the point that Saddam used to be U.S. government's main man, so why should anyone trust the next "main man" the U.S. government sponsors in Iraq, & someone else asked what we should look out for, since we know, as concerned U.S. citizens that the U.S. government seems to be rather shortsighted when it comes to foreign affairs, the ex-pat couldn't answer either question effectively. He sort of naively said that the U.S. government has *verbally* promised this & that, & that the U.S. government *says* they have the interest of the citizens of Iraq in mind.
The guy is an idiot, & judging from the words of other Iraqi ex-pats living the bourgeois & patrician life styles here in the States & Europe - they're all puffed up idiots, too (puffed up by a U.S. government that knows what to say to make 'em feel special & "smart"), who can fantasize about their roles as "saviors" in Iraq. But they have NO idea what life is like there *now,* & they think they can "make a deal" here & there & cut corners & end up with a solid reputation. HA! The ex-pats are dealing with guys in the U.S. government (thugs of the worst oreder with a mafia police force of their own), & the ex-pats do NOT have the upper hand!
Republicans are the worst businessmen - they do business their own way, & they only let you *think* you're winning. I hate to break it to you, Chalabi & company, but Iraq is going to have to pay someone for its "liberation".... & it's NOT going to be cheap - it'll be overpriced.
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