Friday, December 14, 2007

Iraq Press Roundup

Hiba Dawood, UPI

The Saudi-based Al Basaer newspaper [see heading "The Uncovered Lie"] said Thursday it wasn't surprising that President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced an "agreement" that "obliges" the United States to "help" Iraq and provide economic, political and military assistance ... The paper said the oil and gas law and this agreement are the goals and results of the invasion of Iraq, a plan the United States adopted before it imposed sanctions. "According to the agreement, military bases will be set up in Iraq to keep the U.S. domination," it said. The editorial said that taking Iraq out of Israel's "circle" of enemies is another goal that was achieved as a result of accomplishing the oil and gas laws and signing the agreement that allows the United States to keep its bases in Iraq. It said if this was to be translated, it would mean a series of construction and demolition procedures -- demolishing the Iraqi military institutes, and instead build sectarian forces that are unable to secure themselves, which makes them in constant need of the U.S support. "The political parties the occupiers set up and the militias that are supported are all means of achieving the U.S. goals," the paper said. The paper, run by the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars, concluded that the matter should have been resolved via a referendum.

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