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“Iraq was to the neocons what Afghanistan was to the Taliban: the one place on Earth where they could force everyone to live by the most literal, unyielding interpretation of their sacred texts. One would think that the bloody results of this experiment would inspire a crisis of faith: in the country where they had absolute free reign, where there was no local government to blame, where economic reforms were introduced at their most shocking and most perfect, they created, instead of a model free market, a failed state no right-thinking investor would touch. And yet the Green Zone neocons and their masters in Washington are no more likely to reexamine their core beliefs than the Taliban mullahs were inclined to search their souls when their Islamic state slid into a debauched Hades of opium and sex slavery. When facts threaten true believers, they simply close their eyes and pray harder.”

Behind the news of Iraq being reported in the New York Times and other like-minded media is the story of the Bush administrations’ attempted economic “reform” of Iraq, which is frightening in both its results and implications. Naomi Wolf wrote all about it for Harper’s here.

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Written by laura k

September 29, 2004 at 11:44 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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