Iraq - Disaster Anti-Capitalists Getting it wrong
Read Ko emails a link to an article from Sept 2004 by Naomi Klein who failed to find much reconstruction going on in Iraq.
For those who don't know, Naomi Klein is an anti-globalisation protestor and journalist who espouses the evils of capitalism and corporations. She gives all the communist talking points without actually promoting communism.
What she really is though, is a clear example of how ideological bias can lead you to be wrong time and time again.
Some of her comments on Iraq
- On the US's handling of the start of Al Sadr's power grab:
Here's one possible answer: Washington has given up on its plans to hand over power to an interim Iraqi government on June 30, and is creating the chaos it needs to declare the handover impossible.She apparently feels that Newspapers inciting violence against coalition forces should remain open. And just so you remember, the June 30 handover happened on schedule.
- On Iraqi's voting in their first free election in 30 years:
Iraq's elections were delayed time and time again while the occupation and resistance grew ever more deadly.and reinterprets Iraqi purple fingers as giving the US the finger. Maybe she should remember that the elections were timetabled for no later than January 05 and despite all the naysayers and doomsday purveyors, such as Klein, they kept the timetable. Klein is one of the last few faithful, who unlike most of the world, saw something amazing and courageous and positive in the Iraq Elections.
- On Iraq wanting American troops to leave
“A clear majority of Iraqis want American troops to leave,” Klein said, referring to the results of the January 30 elections. “The Left should be echoing the demands we’re hearing from Iraq.”Perhaps we should look at some of the latest figures here and here in which between 12 and 21% of iraqis want the US/UK troops out now. But Klein gets better and better
They watched the U.S. military build permanent installations in Saddam Hussein’s former palaces and read that occupation forces lost $8.8 billion in Iraqi oil money.Suddenly the UN oil for food scam is the occupation forces fault. Incredible!. It just gets better though
Indeed, increasing violence allowed U.S. administrators to delay national elections that had been scheduled for early November 2003. The delay also gave them time to “systematically lock in” their new economic policies, draft a constitution, and appoint Iraqi government leadersMaybe her talk of delaying elections was for ones that were scheduled for November 2003? In which case it is even more farcical. No election was scheduled then. Notice also have every event, imagined or not, is interpreted into her own ideological bias. Good thing the world is so simple eh?
- Finally, on the reconstruction effort in iraq she writes
It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom, but after weeks of searching I had not seen a single piece of heavy machinery apart from tanks and humvees.Wow, as a journalist she really sucks at investigation. It took her a month to find heavy machinery. Of course, a single visit to this site would have helped her pin point a few places of heavy machinery. Or perhaps she could have kept more up to date via Winds of change, who have a regular report on good news, including construction, from iraq. Here is their latest report. Perhaps it isn't as bad as the doom and gloom Klein hopes it is. Here is a couple from september last year. Or even go to the Iraq Project and Contracting site. Maybe she is just another reporter who doesn't leave her hotel. personally I think pretending astonishment at not finding heavy equipment for a month of 'looking' when it is not that hard to track down is just a lame writing technique to avoid showing just how biased she really is.
I think I will echo anothers view on Naomi Klein. I think she should grow up and move into reality with the rest of us.