Wednesday, April 14, 2004

What triggered the Shiite uprising?: Tom Schwarz argues that the Bremer announcement of March 25 was the trigger, combined with a decision to remove Sadr from the future political equation. "According to the Voice of the Mujahidin, this represented the moment when even the moderates, led by Ayatollah Al-Sistani, concluded that the June 30th transfer of sovereignty had no hope of allowing the Iraqi people to exert real control over government policy."

Given that the whole purpose of the invasion and occupation from beginning to end was to establish large military bases and to control the country's energy reserves, the Bremer announcement can hardly come as much of a surprise. The corporate media however, uncritically following US Administration pronouncements, in truly Orwellian fashion, has relentlessly described the Bremer plan to maintain an indefinite military, political and economic control of the country, combined with the removal by force of parties who disagree, as a "return of sovereignty" and a "building of democracy".

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