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Bush’s Bait and Switch In Iraq, Skewering Secular Iraq, in the Guise of Skewering Saddam

December 7, 2018

Celebrating GW Bush In My Own Special Way:

This week US King G. W. Bush Senior, 94 years old, died. His father was a fellow traveller, and prominent enabler of the fascist regimes of the 1930s. His father managed the most important of Hitler’s war industries, and employed Auschwitz slave labor. His father relinquished formal control of Nazi industries in August 1942 (yes, the US and Hitler had been at war, declared by Hitler, for more than 6 months). Then GW Bush’s father was such a linchpin of US plutocracy, he was nominated US Senator, just to make him above any suspicion.

In striking contrast, the young Bush got in the Navy below age, became a pilot, was shot down, parachuted in the Pacific, was recovered by a US submarine. A hero.

But also a trickster. He headed the CIA forever and was part of the powers behind Reagan’s throne.

During all those years, the West’s man in the Middle East was Saddam Hussein. As Saddam would point out, baffled, before his execution:’We had good laws, like in the West. Why did they do that to us?’

You had good laws? Right. True. That was exactly the problem. Those good, occidental, republican, secular laws made you potentially very hard to control.

Power, Saddam, power.

The most important reason to invade Iraq is not listed above. It was to show the world, in particular Europe and its pseudo-intellectuals and plutocrats, who was the boss. Right, the list above was for the 2003 invasion, not the one under GW Bush. But the fundamental reasons stayed the same. Another, not listed above, was to DESTROY SECULAR Iraq. Muslim Fundamentalism, a fundamentally plutocratic, theological ideology is a great justification for all exploiters and lovers of abusive war.

Saddam got the bad idea to switch from US Dollars to Euros for oil payments. Horrendous: Thus Saddam was setting a precedent, a chink in the US Dollar armor. An example had to be made. That was for the second, terminal attack against Iraq.

In the 1970s and especially 1980s, Saddam was the West’s enforcer. He was told to attack Muslim Fundamentalist Iran, so he did. When attacking Iranian tankers got beyond Iraqi competence, French pilots did it. Saddam got massive French, British, US even German support.

In the 1980s, top western government officials couldn’t have enough of Saddam, who bought so many nice, and very expensive weapons…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaP7ZrmkcuU

When Saddam was all puffed up, and ready to go, thinking he had achieved an Arab secular state, at last. Success yes: his goose was cooked.

Saddam Hussein was led to believe invading Kuwait would be tolerated, that was the bait.

Saddam was upset: the Iraqis argued that sideways drilling from Kuwait, using advanced drilling techniques (now standard in fracking) was draining Iraqi oil fields. The more fundamental problem was clear for all to see by glancing at a map: Kuwait was made up to deprive Iraq of sea access… When Roman emperor Trajan got to his legions to the Gulf, he got to present day Kuwait (he unfortunately fell sick and died shortly after).

In any case, once Kuwait, a theocratic monarchy got invaded by the Iraqi Republic, Bush’s US screamed with high indignation, and the war was on, amplified by United Nations Security Council’s decisions. Now for some of the official mumbo-jumbo, one can consult:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Glaspie

… and read between the official lines… Inter-preting: the concept comes from going between what is in front. This is what thinking is about.

Patrice Ayme

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Note: the preceding was started by the following exchange with Irade Alexi Helligar, December 3, 2018. Alexi:  “I have argued this point for many years:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/george-hw-bush-obit-presidential-legacy.html

“The Overlooked President: We should thank George H.W. Bush for many of the successes attributed to Reagan and Clinton. George H.W. Bush Was a Better President Than Reagan or Clinton. He did right by the country at political cost to himself. What modern presidents can say the same?”

I replied: Not saying much, though…

Irade Alexi Helligar answered: Patrice Ayme, Yes, it goes to show how bad US leadership has been over the past few decades. Let’s not forget, George H.W. Bush gave us Clarence Thomas.

Patrice Ayme: Saddam Hussein was led to believe invading Kuwait would be tolerated, Sideways drilling was an issue, also the fact Kuwait was made up to deprive Iraq of sea access… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Glaspie

Irade Alexi Helligar: Ah yes, quite true.

QED…