Friday, November 07, 2003

Of Course It's Illegal. Dubya Doesn't Care

Naomi Klein points out in The Guardian that American privitization of Iraq is illegal:

...Bremer's reforms were illegal to begin with. They clearly violate the international convention governing the behaviour of occupying forces, the Hague regulations of 1907 (the companion to the 1949 Geneva conventions, both ratified by the United States), as well as the US army's own code of war.

The Hague regulations state that an occupying power must respect "unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country". The coalition provisional authority has shredded that simple rule with gleeful defiance. Iraq's constitution outlaws the privatisation of key state assets, and it bars foreigners from owning Iraqi firms. No plausible argument can be made that the CPA was "absolutely prevented" from respecting those laws, and yet two months ago, the CPA overturned them unilaterally.

On September 19, Bremer enacted the now infamous Order 39. It announced that 200 Iraqi state companies would be privatised; decreed that foreign firms can retain 100% ownership of Iraqi banks, mines and factories; and allowed these firms to move 100% of their profits out of Iraq. The Economist declared the new rules a "capitalist dream".

Of course it's illegal. This should surprise no one coming from an Administration put into power by a stolen election. Remember, the laws do not apply to these people. They fully believe this. Bush in particular seems to believe that he's been called by God to do these things - a horrible and dangerous delusion. The people around him have no such delusions; they're just in it to enrich themselves and their wealthy parasite supporters and the not over-bright Dubya is a useful figurehead. And who can stop them?

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