Friday, June 06, 2008

Iraqis not wild about keeping Forever War going forever. What's wrong with those people?

According to The Independent, the Bush Administration is trying to quickly wrap up a binding agreement to keep 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors pretty much forever, but the idea is encountering resistance both from the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people. No kidding.
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.

The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.

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Mr Bush is determined to force the Iraqi government to sign the so-called "strategic alliance" without modifications, by the end of next month. But it is already being condemned by the Iranians and many Arabs as a continuing American attempt to dominate the region. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the powerful and usually moderate Iranian leader, said yesterday that such a deal would create "a permanent occupation". He added: "The essence of this agreement is to turn the Iraqis into slaves of the Americans."
Ungrateful wretches. Don't they know who their friends are?

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