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July 06, 2005

Another One From Taranto: Bush To Blame For Iraqi Car-Bombings

Well, all of that's obvious e-fucking-nough. Not really breaking any new ground there.

What's fascinating is how this Mensa chapter-president gets to that conclusion:

Under Saddam Hussein, in fact, cars were as rare on the streets of Iraq as ATM machines. Owning a car was a sure sign of deep loyalty to President Hussein, who tightly restricted the import of these expensive, luxury items. While palace cronies whizzed about Baghdad on Italian radials, the average Iraqi, who earned less than $300 annually, succumbed to public transportation and shoe leather.

The Bush War has changed all that. Foreign exchange has put more dinars in the hands of consumption-minded Iraqis. Near the top of the list of luxury items flowing into the country is the automobile. More than 1 million used cars have entered Iraq during the past two years, according to a police survey referenced by the Riyadh-based IFP report, "Rebuilt Iraq." Less than half that number existed in the entire country before the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Mosul, for example, which previously had only 57,000 registered cars, now has 125,000.

Cars don't kill people, as any state trooper knows. People do the killing. But suicide car bombers can't do their thing without cars. In the new Iraq, thanks to Bush's War, the bombers are daily wreaking bloody havoc.

Hmmm... Bush's illegal war pumps millions into the economy, letting ordinary Iraqis buy cars for the first time, and so, um, the car-bombings are his fault.

Les Payne's (perfect name, no?) next column: Bush Increases Drug-Use Among Underclass By Improving Economy.

Because, seriously, crack ain't cheap.

It's all a CIA plot, I tells ya.

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