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The war in Iraq was presented to the United States public by many media outlets as entertainment. It created an environment that could make it so easy to just ignore what we were witnessing in “Shock and Awe… The war in Iraq was presented to the United States public by many media outlets as entertainment. It created an environment that could make it so easy to just ignore what we were witnessing in “Shock and Awe… Survival Iraq.” However, we cannot afford to look past the fact that the United States executed a preemptive strike alleging a clear and present danger in the potential use of weapons of mass destruction by the Iraqi government. On the day the strike against Iraq was initiated, I thought about another preemptive strike that took place in February 1999 when four New York City policemen searching for a rape suspect, shot Amadou Diallo 41 times, hitting him with 19 bullets when he reached for his wallet that was in his jacket. But what is a preemptive strike other than exaggerated, fear-based act of extreme violence.

Back to the international war. In the weeks and days before the colonization, oh I mean the war started, Colin Powell was before the United Nations making a case for their support of the invasion. While it was indicated that war was the last resort that the United States wanted to take, plans were already in place for the reconstruction of the infrastructure of Iraq including lucrative contracts to Bechtel Industries, and the enactment of a plan for cultural restructuring including a new education system. According to EU Business “The US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a contract worth up to 680 million dollars to San Francisco-based Bechtel. Under the deal, the largest of eight Iraqi reconstruction contracts, Bechtel is to repair, rehabilitate or reconstruct vital elements of Iraq’s infrastructure.” Sounds like business as usual.

In a recently released report by The Institute for public Policies(http://www.ipsdc.org/crudevision/) entitled “Crude Vision: How Oil
Interests Obscured US Government Focus On Chemical Weapons Use by Saddam Hussein” the Institute for Policy Studies reveals that the diplomatic pressure from Rumsfeld and the Reagan administration happened during and despite Hussein’s use of chemical weapons. Behind the scenes, these officials worked for two years attempting to secure the billion-dollar pipeline scheme for the Bechtel corporation. The Bush/Cheney administration now eyes Bechtel as a primary contractor for the rebuilding of Iraq’s infrastructure. Bechtel’s pipeline would have carried a million barrels of Iraqi crude oil a day through Jordan to the Red Sea port of Aqaba. “The men who courted Saddam while he gassed Iranians are now waging war against him, ostensibly because he holds these same weapons of mass destruction” said Jim Vallette, lead author of the report. “To a man, they now deny that oil has anything to do with the conflict. Yet, during the Reagan Administration, and in the years leading up to the present conflict, these men shaped and implemented a strategy that has everything to do with securing Iraqi oil exports. All of this documentation suggests that Reagan Administration officials bent many rules to convince Saddam Hussein to open up a pipeline of central interest to the US, from Iraq to Jordan.”

Crude Vision reveals how the White House, through the Department of State and the National Security Council, pressured the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) and U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to approve financing for this deal. Reagan officials knew of numerous human rights violations by Saddam Hussein while they pursued US taxpayer support for the pipeline. The war in Iraq is about many issues, but the primary are economics, cultural imperialism, and hegemony.

While oil is a central economic focus, it is not the only bonus that the U.S. gets from the new colony. By controlling the oil reserves in Iraq, the United States is able to control the price we pay for oil imports, which impacts the auto and over-land shipping industries to name only a

April 28, 2003
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