April 28, 2003
Beginning A Government
The Economist has it's take on today's gathering of Iraqi leaders here. As is the case with most Economist content, it's a solid account of an intellectual quality above much of what else is out there (politics aside). Worth the read. It also has this tidbit, which I've not seen elsewhere (it could very well have been posted here at TCP, but I can't ever seem to read everything):
The biggest task facing a new government will be reconstructing the country and getting the economy moving. America has pledged to use Iraq’s oil revenues to help finance this. Yet depending on how the oil revenue is used—which in turn depends on how the United Nations resolves its squabbles over lifting Iraqi sanctions—James Wolfensohn, the president of the World Bank, has estimated that countries will still have to raise another $2 billion-$3 billion a year to help meet the costs.
Posted By Alan at April 28, 2003 07:16 PM
"...the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the main group representing the country’s Shia Muslims" - The noisiest, certainly. But that is not a basis for "main". Cynthia McKinney made a lot of noise, even on the national scene, but lost her incumbency. Perhaps, though, some monitoring of the more vociferous clerics can be done: with recordinsg of them calling for armed resistance, they could be arrested - but if they only call for noisy protest, that is one of the rights we want to establish.
"...would like to establish an Islamic republic, like that in neighbouring Iran."
Don't pay too much attention to this wording. An earlier post today (well, yesterday now) pointed to a NYTimes article in which a man was quoted at length. He was calling for an Islamic republic. But while the Times did not point it out, not a theocracy: he described a republic that would be "Islamic" in much the same sense as the US is "Christian". Not enough has been done to distinguish between Islamic and Islamist, or Moslem and Muslim - the terms are not the same, at least to me.
"James Wolfensohn, the president of the World Bank, has estimated that countries will still have to raise another $2 billion-$3 billion a year to help meet the costs."
For two or three years, not necessarily forever. Rhode Island has a bigger budget.
Personal Income Tax...
Welcome to democracy!
Prior to the war, didn't the US administration say that Iraqi money would not be used for reconstruction?
"Prior to the war, didn't the US administration say that Iraqi money would not be used for reconstruction?"
No never said that. Indeed we have been saying all along that it would be.