Monday, October 13, 2003

i found the article where the guardian mentions the dismantling of the iraqi food distribution program. here's an excerpt...

Next week that familiar moustachioed face will begin to disappear from the Iraqi dinar following the issue of new banknotes by the occupation authority. Last week headteachers presiding over the start of the new term were told to encourage students to rip the once-obligatory photo of Saddam from their textbooks.

A more substantial assault on Saddam's legacy is under way in the Republican Palace, where the occupation authority is making preparations to dismantle the food distribution system which gave free rations of flour, rice, cooking oil and other staples to every Iraqi.

Described by the UN as the world's most efficient food network, the system still keeps Iraqis from going hungry. But the US civilian administrator of Iraq, Paul Bremer, views it as a dangerous socialist anachronism. The coalition provisional authority (CPA) is planning to abolish it in January, despite warnings from its own technical experts that this could lead to hunger and riots.

if you'd like to read the rest here's the link...

Everywhere and nowhere, Saddam retains his grip on Baghdad's imagination

Then explain to me how it makes sense to dismantle a working piece of infrastructure while failing to rebuild the rest.

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