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Jamadi Awwal 1424 H
July 2003
Volume 16-07 No : 199

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US Appointees in Iraq

US Appointees in Iraq Men
Who Make Israel Safe and Oil Cheap


By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj

The brazen American occupation of Iraq in defiance of the world opinion and against the mandate of the United Nations was nothing, but motivated by the greed of the Iraqi oil and this was never in question. It was also apparent that the George W. Bush led America was also being guided by the agenda of strong Jewish lobby in the US. Funding received by the George Bush campaign for the 2004 electoral race also makes it evident that the lobby is out to make the Middle East safe for Israel. In their own knowledge, the lobby has succeeded by removing the arch foe Saddam Hussein and may use the Iraqi territory for subjugating Iran and Syria. This will be a bonus.

Having occupied Iraq, the State Department clique is now busy in setting up bureaucrats with known Israeli connection in key positions in Iraq. Three names are prominent: Retired army general Gen. Jay Garner, L. Paul Bremer and notorious Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi.

Garner is the director of the reconstruction and humanitarian assistance for post-war Iraq. In 1991, he had been appointed to provide relief to Kurds after the first Gulf War. Garner will head 23 Iraqi ministries except the Health Ministry. General Garner has strong ties with Israel. In 1998, he visited Israel under the aegis of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Two years later, he and 42 other retired officers signed a letter that said, "A strong Israel is an asset to America". He is a personal friend of terrorist, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He was installing Patriot missile in Israel during the 1991 Gulf War. After retiring from Army, he was appointed the President of the defence contractor S. Y. Technology. This firm was engaged in development of the Israel's 'Arrow' missile programme.

L. Paul Bremer is head of the reconstruction department in Iraq after the American bombardment has razed the entire infrastructure of the country. He was earlier 'counter-terrorism ambassador under the Reagan administration. His appointment is seen as a victory of the State Department over Pentagon. Described as 'a telegenic diplomat who favours expensive suits', he is considered an ally to the 'neo-conservatives' in Washington who are calling the shots. He is also a former ambassador to the Netherlands. He later worked as an aide in the government to Henry A. Kissinger, the former Jewish Foreign Secretary during the Nixon era. He later became managing director of Kissinger Associates from 1989 to 2000. He and former CIA director James Woolsey have been chief motivators of a group called "Americans for victory over Terrorism". Significantly, Woolsey calls the American war for occupation as the "Fourth World War.' It has raised heckles in the US. Bremer authored a piece for the Wall Street Journal entitled 'Terrorist Friends Must Pay a Price'. He was instrumental in the Clinton Administration calling for pre-emptive attacks on Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and Sudan. He also named Nelson Mandela's organisation, African National Congress as a 'terrorist' organisation, implicitly legitim-ising the Apartheid policy of the notorious former white regime. According to The Boston Globe, he was chosen for his conservative view and his impeccable management skills.

Ahmed Chalabi, the well-suited 'leader' of the exiled Iraqis and a sartorial soul-mate of Bremer, was head of the London based Iraqi National Congress, an umbrella exile group formed in 1992 with CIA support. He sees himself as the Prime Minister of post-Saddam Iraq. He is in good books of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. He is also favoured by the American-Israeli Public Affairs Council (AIPAC) and JINSA. Chalabi is scion of a wealthy Iraqi Shiite family and had fled Iraq when he was 13 (he was born in 1945). His grandfather served in nine Iraqi cabinet positions. His mother ran political salons that catered to the Iraqi elite. The family fled Iraq after the 1958 communist revolution and started banks in Geneva, Beirut and Amman-all of which failed.

Chalabi earned a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Chicago after studying at the MIT at Harvard. At the University of Chicago, he came under the patronage of Prof. Albert Wohlstetter who introduced him to Richard Perle, the current head of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board.

In 1977, he founded the Petra Bank in Jordan on invitation from the Jordanian royal family. The bank collapsed after massive scams during his chairmanship. Chalabi is said to have swindled upto $ 100 millions through loans to his family members and businesses. He was also engaged in supporting Iraqi opposition groups and was transferring arms to Saddam Hussein. Playing both sides of the fence, Chalabi is rumoured to have been a CIA informant regarding Iraq's trade deals. In April 1992, a Jordanian court sentenced Ahmed Chalabi to 22 years of hard labour on 31 charges of swindling, theft and misuse of public money in Petra Bank. He formed a 1,000 guerilla fighter force which plotted the ouster of Saddam regime by infiltrating through Northern Iraq under a CIA plan in 1996. The plan failed miserably. Since then the CIA money and assistance to Iraqi National Congress ceased.

There is now deep distrust between Chalabi and CIA. CIA does not want him to lead Iraq. According to the well informed Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, even as the Pentagon was airlifting Chalabi and his 700 fighters to land him in Southern Iraq during the current war, CIA declared him unfit for being leading Iraq due to the infamy he has earned among Iraqis and other Arabs.

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