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- 07:38pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (#
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What's wrong with Iraq?
What's right with Iraq?
Why - if Iraq has cash from OIL - aren't the people of Iraq
What was the structure of human-capital within Iraq :
How was the income from black-gold used?
Who had control?
Who had NO-control?
Is there a danger of countries with incomes from pipelines
using it to import goods rather than develop production within
What did Iraq purchase under contracts from RU?
Should contries such as Iraq develop alliances with
advanced economies - to introduce 'process' that generates
jobs with incomes?
Do regimes see the development of a 'middle class' as an
advantage .... moving on to develop a more complex society
that further enriches all?
If not, then why not?
Do 'pipeline' countries have under-utilised educated elites
... how can this human-capital be put to work to create a
Saddam Hussain - He's made his money, had power ... on the
Maslow framework ... to enable self-actualisation what
strategy should be envisaged and implemented for the
betterment of the entire nation?
Is the concept of rule by 'terror' an outdated one for the
If Saddam has been 'reasonably smart' in the Arab world -
then, what's stopping him being 'super smart' and working
towards a positive, constructive vision, that gives Iraq
democracy and makes it a real power in terms of morals |
ethics | economy | culture | and Leadership - wouldn't that be
'simple' for an intelligent leader who looks beyond mere
- 07:40pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (#
5599 of 5651)
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click
"rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for
on this thread.
Almarst , if you looked hard, you might be able to
find spots where the Bush administration and I do not agree.
All the same - in this particular situation - I think that
honor is far better served by getting the inspection
process expeditiously and effectively done - - from just about
every point of view I can think of.
Here is a direct quote from Iraq States Its Case by
MOHAMMED ALDOURI http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/17/opinion/17ALDO.html
"After so many years of fear from war, the
threat of war and suffering, the people of Iraq and their
government in Baghdad are eager for peace. We have no
intention of attacking anyone, now or in the future, with
weapons of any kind. If we are attacked, we will surely
defend ourselves with all means possible. But bear in mind
that we have no nuclear or biological or chemical weapons,
and we have no intention of acquiring them.
"We are not asking the people of the United
States or of any member state of the United Nations to trust
in our word, but to send the weapons inspectors to our
country to look wherever they wish unconditionally.
We need to find stable ways to accomodate distrust.
- 07:42pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (#
5600 of 5651)
In a world where
1/10th of the population can make basic provision for
the rest 9/10ths of the population require
actions by government that give them a job, an income, a sense
of worth, status, and a 'raison d'etre'
The 9/10th issue is visible in 'pipeline' economies - it
requires 'intelligent' leadership think-tanks to come up with
good workable solutions that VALUE people!
- 07:45pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (#
5601 of 5651)
"What's wrong with Iraq? ... What's right with Iraq?
What's right the people outside of Iraq have to decide? To
kill. To destroy. To rule. To impose. To abuse. To pilage. To
provoke. To interfear. To play God?
My answer is - the POWER. And the feeling of impunity.
- 07:50pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (#
5602 of 5651)
'Security - if there WAS such a thing, then it
wouldn't be a problem' ...... Dawn Riley
If there's no such thing as 'security' then it's better
that all countries move for getting along peacefully and
delimit war, excuses for revenge, excuses for warped ideology.
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