The US stands for open markets as long as your willing to go to war with them
Well, just another example of how the US flaunts international law: they have barred countries that did not participate in the war from construction contracts in Iraq. This means that Canadian, French, and German companies will not be able to cash in like Haliburton and other US and British construction companies. Doesn't this just sound like playground rules rather than international trade law? "You didn't join my team, so you can't have any."
From Common Dreams comes this story which would pretty much sum up the insanity of war.
Published on Monday, December 8, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
U.S. Policy in Iraq Vanishing Down the Rabbit Hole
by Ira Chernus
The U.S. war against Iraq has found its own Lewis Carroll, its true poet and genius of the absurd: Lt. Colonel Nathan Sassaman. He commands a battalion that controls the Iraqi town of Abu Hishma. The other day, he told a New York Times reporter: "With a heavy dose of fear and violence, and a lot of money for projects, I think we can convince these people that we are here to help them."
A heavy dose of fear and violence can convince these people we are here to help them. Colonel Sassaman's Alice-in-Wonderland illogic pierces to the heart of the insanity of war. He ranks right up there with officer in Vietnam who had to destroy the village to save it. His comment should go down in history as the epitome of U.S. policy in Iraq. Every American should be required to memorize it and repeat it every day, while watching the news on television.