Friday, March 28, 2003

Falling out among thieves

America's carefully cultivated amnesia also covers the entire background history of the Bush rampage in Iraq. Few Homeland folks realize that the current "war of liberation" is nothing more than a falling out among thieves, old comrades in crime. For just like Osama and Daddy Bush's former punching bag, Panama's Manuel Noreiga, Saddam is a son of the CIA: He and his brutal Baathist Party were put in power by the American spy agency in 1963, as historian Roger Morris detailed last week in The New York Times. Operating from secret bases in Kuwait (where future CIA boss Daddy Bush was drilling for oil with his business partners, the Kuwaiti royals), the Agency directed Baathist rebels as they laid some "regime change" on an Iraqi strongman who'd gotten a bit too uppity for Washington's refined sensibilities. After seizing power, Saddam and his fellow CIA proxies launched a blood-Baath, systematically murdering hundreds of people from lists supplied by helpful American agents. Five years later, the CIA gave Saddam and his family another boost, helping their faction oust rivals in an internal power struggle. And still later, that future CIA boss would be the most lavish and fawning of Saddam's many American sugar daddies -- even after Hussein "gassed his own people." No, these dark forces -- these secret agencies, these corrupt political families, who gorge themselves on plunder and proxy murder -- have never been "liberators."

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