The fact is that military interventions are happening primarily for the economic interests of the country invading and for the corporate lobbyists who are waiting to plunder the invaded nations. It is not foreign invasion; it is corporate invasion that is taking place. Hopefully, this article will demonstrate hard facts that will at least make you question the motives for recent military interventions. As a former soldier that served in Afghanistan, I hope my article will have some credibility.
If it is not oil, it is some other asset that leads to the declaration of war without any provocation. Once the current government has been toppled, the removal of restrictions to foreign ownership and trade are removed or relaxed. This allows contracts to be given to foreign corporations to develop the now war-torn nation.
American corporations have secured the world’s second largest oil reserves which belonged to Iraq. This was why Bush immediately announced after the invasion of a Middle East Free Trade Area to spread the economic invasion to the rest of the region by 2013.
The US consultancy firm Bearing Point Inc. received a $250 million contract to make Iraq’s economic infrastructure. The plan was to fire the entire Iraqi military (500,000), so that many of these jobless soldiers would take to guns and start an insurgency, which happened according to plan. 120,000 of Iraq’s senior bureaucrats were fired throughout government, schools and even hospitals.New laws that reduced taxes on all corporations by 25% to open up the way for foreign investment were passed. These firms were allowed to own 100% of Iraqi businesses, as opposed to a partnership framework, and as a result their entire profits went home without investing a cent in Iraq.
More than 150 US companies won contracts in Iraq worth over $50 billion. There was no law to state foreign companies had to hire Iraqis. Imagine you had no job, a family to feed and your country was being plundered by foreign invaders calling themselves liberators that you saw getting richer while your family went hungrier… what would you do?
For example, here are seven of the largest construction contracts awarded in Iraq to aid in the reconstruction following the invasion:
7 of the largest reconstruction contracts (water, bridges, roads, hospitals, sewers, electricity) are detailed below. The bidding for many of them was conducted in secret. Only a select few corporations were invited to bid, many of them being large cash donors to the George Bush administration.
1. Parsons Corporation of Pasadena, California ($5.3billion) – $243m contract given to build 150 health care centres was cancelled when only 6 centres had been built in 2 years and only 2 are useable. They also received $142 million to build prisons, fire stations and police stations that it never built or finished
2. Fluor Corporation of Aliso Viejo, Calif. ($3.75 billion) for restoring electricity to Iraqi homes and businesses. Currently, the average Iraqi receives only 11 hours of electricity a day.
3. Washington Group International of Boise, Idaho. Employees of Washington Group International Inc., which won four reconstruction contracts in Iraq worth up to $2.5 billion, gave more to President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in two days in that month than its top three competitors gave in a year.
4. Shaw Group of Baton Rouge, La. ($3 billion). Hard to find any information on these contracts, but it seems this company is regularly favoured by the US government.
5. Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco ($2.85 billion); responsible for contracts including the Basra’s Childrens Hospital. The project was over-budget, late and poorly managed. You can read the catalogue of failures here.
6. Perini Corporation of Framingham, Mass. ($2.5 billion); This corporation is owned by a group of investors, including Richard Blum, husband of Senator Diane Feinstein, a close ally of the US President. Who got rich out of this one?
7. Contrack International, Inc. of Arlington, Va. ($2.3 billion). Hard to find much on this contract, but they pulled out some way in to the contract citing security concerns, after pocketing a proportion of the contract’s worth.
Although the Iraq war is a distant memory for many, it is just one example of a war-torn country being plundered and exploited by western corporations. I hope to write a similar article detailing the exact same drain of wealth and resources that has happened in Afghanistan. But it will have to wait as my laptop battery is dying and this article took a good few hours of research.
When I write these articles, all I want is for the reader to start the article with an open mind. Listen to the facts, check out the links I have referenced if you are in any doubt over their accuracy, and then apply some common sense and logic. Finally, decide for yourself if it is really that hard to believe.
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