The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Friday, June 01, 2007

Turkish Invasion?

As if Iraq were not already in a complete mess,it seems that things might get worse.

Turkey is becoming increasingly impatient at continued attacks made against it by by the Kurdish guerrilla group PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party), which is based mostly in Northern Iraq. Turkey, in response, has moved troops and tanks close to the border with Iraq.

Iraqi newspapers have expressed concerns that Turkey may be planning to cross the border in pursuit of the PKK guerrillas.

How bad can things get for the Iraqi people?

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Indefinite Presence?

Following on from my earlier article about the US staying in Iraq for an indefinite period of time; White House spokesman, Tony Snow, attempted to explain the concept of "indefinite" more clearly.

He failed!

Clearly no one has a clue as to what they are doing.

Indefinite Presence

The Wall Street Journal quotes White House spokesman Tony Snow saying that President Bush envisions an indefinite American military presence in Iraq, that would resemble the one in South Korea.

The US would be in a support role, able to "react quickly to major challenges or crises."

The question is, has anyone asked the Iraqis or the American people?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Spoils of War

AWB Ltd, the Australian wheat exporter caught up in the oil for food scandal in Iraq, will survive losing its position as the monopoly wheat exporter.

That at least is the view of its chief executive officer, Gordon Davis.

A new grower-controlled, single desk wheat exporter will take over from AWB next year.

This change is as a result of AWB having been found to have paid Saddam Hussein's regime about $300M in bribes.

AWB's export arm, AWB International, could still regain full control of the single desk if grower lobby groups cannot form a new desk structure by March next year.

Mr Gordon said AWB began weaning itself off income from the single desk some time ago.

"When the company was privatised in 1999, 100 per cent of its income was from managing the single desk."

He said the aim had been to reduce this to 20% by 2010.

However, not everyone is convinced by AWB's publicly stated change of purpose.

Liberal backbencher Sophie Mirabella has AWB of trying to blackmail an Australian grain company.

Ms Mirabella has told parliament the grain company Silo Bags developed a revolutionary way of handling storing and trading grain around the world.

She says the AWB saw this innovation as a threat to its lucrative market, and tried a boorish takeover which Silo Bags knocked back.

Ms Mirabella says that the unethical vultures of the AWB have now forced the smaller company onto the sidelines, with blackmail and legal manoeuvres.

Seemingly, AWB has some PR issues that it needs to address!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Bush Ignored Warnings

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday released declassified pre Iraq war intelligence reports, and summaries of others, that warned that establishing democracy in Iraq would be "long, difficult and probably turbulent."

The committee's chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, said:

"These dire warnings were widely distributed at the highest levels of government, and it's clear that the administration didn't plan for any of them."

The documents also said that while most Iraqis would welcome elections, the country's ethnic and religious leaders would be unwilling to share power.

President Bush and then Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ignored the warnings; they decided not to deploy the major occupation force that military planners had recommended.

They instead planned to reduce U.S. troops rapidly after the invasion, in the naive belief that toppling Saddam Hussein would ignite a democratic revolution across the Middle East.

The administration also instituted a massive purge of members of the Baath Party, and disbanded the Iraqi army. This misguided policy sparked the Sunni Muslim insurgency.