There will be no â€œvictoryâ€ in Iraq until we begin a real discussion about
the elephant in the room.Â The so-called government we have imposed
on Iraq is a conglomeration of CIA operatives, con-men, pretenders, and thieves.
Their so-called constitution is a license for transnational corporations to take over
or sell off the natural resources of Iraq.
Until this administration stops using our military as mercenaries in support of this
corporate cartel, our service people will continue to be targets in Iraq.Â
At a risk of belaboring the obvious, we must renegotiate this corporate welfare.Â In the American
tradition, we should put the contracts for reconstruction, infrastructure, and redevelopment out
to open bid which includes all of our alliesâ€¦ as well as Iraq, her neighbors, and her people.
Those who win in this more equitable and just bidding process, can provide support, both
military and humanitarian, while our troops are redeployed.Â This is the only â€œvictoryâ€
available in this illegal war for retro-colonialism. Â It time to let go of the past and build
bridges for a peaceful and productive future.
We are not the worldâ€™s policemen and â€œnation-buildingâ€ can only be accomplished from within.
If we give Iraq back to her people, under the protection of open international investments in
stability, their middle class can return and American can begin repairing the damage both
in Iraq and at home.
in Solidarity, Tim Flanagan