Friday, September 14, 2007

Following are a couple of my excerpts from a review of the new book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein which explains how the U.S. set about to destroy the Iraqi national psyche and then push through a disastrous privatization of its economy:

"...It's hard to believe -- but then again, that was pretty much Washington's game plan for Iraq: shock and terrorise the entire country, deliberately ruin its infrastructure, do nothing while its culture and history are ransacked, then make it all OK with an unlimited supply of cheap household appliances and imported junk food. In Iraq, this cycle of culture erasing and culture replacing was not theoretical; it all unfolded in a matter of weeks...

...While the pickup trucks stuffed with loot were still being driven to buyers in Jordan, Syria and Iran, passing them in the opposite direction were convoys of flatbeds piled high with Chinese TVs, Hollywood DVDs and Jordanian satellite dishes, ready to be unloaded on the sidewalks of Baghdad's Karada district. Just as one culture was being burned and stripped for parts, another was pouring in, prepackaged, to replace it...

...One of the US businesses ready and waiting to be the gateway to this experiment in frontier capitalism was New Bridge Strategies, started by Joe Allbaugh, Bush's ex-head of Fema [Federal Emergency Management Agency]. It promised to use its top-level political connections to help US multinationals land a piece of the action in Iraq. "Getting the rights to distribute Procter & Gamble products would be a gold mine," one of the company's partners enthused. "One well-stocked 7-Eleven could knock out 30 Iraqi stores; a Wal-Mart could take over the country..." GO.READ

This continuing horror is wrought by Bush appointees of the same competence caliber as the famed "Brownie" who was in charge of FEMA when hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. WHY ARE THESE CRIMINAL PERPETRATORS NOT IN PRISON?
As an American I am ashamed, angry, depressed, and being male, probably don't know the names of all of the emotions I feel about this...I DO know that my Congressional Representatives will continue to hear from me...

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.