Friday, April 22, 2005

What-- Not Sure They're Criminals?

War, Occupation, Open-Door Policy, Nurturance of Poverty-- are they really crimes?

QUOTE:
Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV); October 18, 1907. Article 43:

“The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country.” END QUOTE.

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/viewtopic.php?topic=54936&forum=17

QUOTE:
DESPITE a decrease in American deaths in Iraq, Iraqis continue to die and suffer under poor economic conditions, a foreign policy expert said today. Between 500 and 1000 Iraqis would be killed each month in the war-torn country, the Washington-based The Brookings Institution foreign policy expert Michael O'Hanlon said. "Unfortunately, things have not yet gotten much better for the Iraqi population either in terms of car bombings or general casualties from crime or from the ongoing civil conflict," Dr O'Hanlon told ABC radio.
...
The economic conditions in the country, although gradually improving, were no better than under the leadership of Saddam Hussein. "I think that the progress here is probably only about back now to where things were under Saddam Hussein. "The economy is only a little better than it was under Saddam. It may be no better at all if you look at certain indicators like unemployment." END QUOTE.

Unemployment-- hey that affects people directly, right?
Again we see the neocon worship of capital and markets as sources of wealth, but no attempt to structure and nurture the productive sector of the economy. It reminds me of another place, the United States of America, where the trade deficit is through the roof, most jobs don't pay a living wage, people are forced to work overtime without being paid in compensatory fashion, and almost no one who has any political power at all gives a damn.
As it is in the occupied country, so it will go in the nation.
The thieves at home have turned to the big time. I guess it just wasn't enough to loot the US Treasury.

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