Friday, July 27, 2007

Iraq and al-Qaeda


The following letter was not published in The Economist Economist.com on 28 July 2007.

Sir - Your leader on Iraq (America and Iraq Plan, don't panic Economist.com) underlines how electoral politics is affecting sound judgment of where the interests of the United States and the West truly lie.

We must clear away the mist shrouding the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was not about al-Qaeda then and it is not about al-Qaeda now.

We were in Iraq in the 1920s to control the oil. We are in Iraq now to control the oil; and to make money for the military-industrial complex; and to help Israel.

Avraham Osama Smith MP

House of Commons Select Committee on Defence, London


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