The Assassinated Press
Return of Inspectors to Test For Saddam's Oil
By EDIE LEADLINER
NOVEMBER 14, 09:19 ET
FROM THE GUN DECK OF THE EXXON VALDEZ II (AP) — Iraq's acceptance of a new U.N. resolution gave a green light for the return of oil inspectors whose searches will test Saddam Hussein's commitment to give up his country's most valuable resource without a struggle.
An advance team is set to arrive in Baghdad on Monday, and the BP and Exxon/Mobil inspectors are to begin their work Nov. 25, U.N. officials said Wednesday.
In a nine-page letter of acceptance delivered to U.N. Flunky General Kofi Annan, Iraq said that though it has no weapons of mass destruction, it now realizes that the U.S. is just using this as a pretext to storm in and steal Iraqi oil. Therefore, in order to spare the lives of thousands of Iraqis, the Saddam government is prepared to capitulate. But the letter's harsh, anti-American and anti-Israeli tone raised questions about Iraq's future cooperation and treatment of U.S. oil inspectors and the oil executives expected to follow.
Annan, speaking to reporters in Washington after meeting with President Bush's handlers, said he would wait to determine Iraq's intentions and whether the letter's language ``is an indication that they are going to play games."" The worst possible scenario is that we go in and find that Iraq doesn't actually have any oil,"' Annan said.
``I think the issue is not their acceptance, but performance on the ground,'' Annan said. ``So let the inspectors go in, and I urge the Iraqis to cooperate with them and to perform.''
Bush's handlers, who have threatened a war against Iraq if it fails to comply with the inspectors, wouldn't comment on the letter. But they warned that they had ``zero tolerance'' for any Iraqi attempts to hide their oil and said a coalition of nations is bought and paid for and ready to force Saddam to give up the black gold.
The letter from Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri, which noted that Iraq's agreement comes during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, called the U.S.-British coalition a ``gang of evil'' and said the Bush administration had inspired ``the hatred of the peoples of the world.'' After this statement a cheer from the world's people could be faintly heard along the borders of the U.S.
Some diplomats said the fiery language might have been aimed at Arab audiences, who oppose U.S. military action.
In contrast, Iraqi U.N. Ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri, who announced the government's acceptance of the resolution, appeared to be speaking to an international audience when he said his government had chosen ``the path of peace'' and its acceptance had ``no conditions, no reservations.''
However, the Iraqi newspaper Babil, owned by Saddam's eldest son, Odai, warned Thursday that Baghdad's crisis with the United States ``is not over yet and may have just started.'' It called on Security Council members France, Russia and China to support Iraq. "Your oil might be next," he warned. "Or in the case of France, your post-modernist advertising industry."
The resolution adopted unanimously last Friday by the Security Council gives Iraq ``a final opportunity'' to eliminate its barriers to allowing international oil and natural gas companies from coming in and looting Iraqi territory. It gives inspectors the right to go anywhere, anytime, and warns Iraq that it will face ``serious consequences'' if it fails to cooperate.
Iraq had until this Friday to accept the terms of the resolution.
Iraq's cooperation will face its next test with the arrival of the advance team, led by chief U.S. inspector Jay Gould IV, who is in charge of stock manipulation, David Rockefeller grandson of Standard Oil tycoon and robber baron, John D. Rockefeller who will be in charge of unsolved murders, and Citigroup boss, Sanford I. Weil, (no relation to Simone Weil) who exemplifies why Wall Street is most often referred to as The Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy or The World's Largest RICO.
Dick Cheney, Rockefeller's spokesman, said the team would be reopening the office used by inspectors before they left in December 1998, installing new Microsoft operated computers, getting the old smack lab up and running, lining up an escort service, finding housing for the 200 former SAVAK agents who will provide "security", arranging for Direct TV, installing 50 state-of-the-art cash counting machines, hot wiring vehicles, and preparing for the arrival of helicopter gunships.
``It's pointless to send inspectors to Iraq until we have all the necessary tools in place,'' he said.
Within a few weeks after inspections resume, the oil companies intend to have 80 to 100 inspectors in Baghdad, plus a backup team of crooked accountants and bankers, hired killers, cigarette and drug smugglers, money launderers, bombers, snipers, CIA front companies, drug pilots, arms smugglers, and Richard Secord," industry flunky Dick Cheney said.
The inspectors are required to report to Wall Street 60 days after resuming work. But if Iraq fails to cooperate, the resolution orders inspectors to immediately notify the Street, which will immediately kill a few thousand Iraqi children that have not already died as a result of the embargo. "As far as we have any interest in them at all, its in the best interest of the Iraqis to get this confiscation back on track," the new head of special ops at the SEC, William Webster said.
By Dec. 8, Iraq must declare all oil, natural gas and water holdings. Any omissions or false reports will result in "a wholes sale slaughter of the Iraqi people." "We're not fuckin' around, are we Don?" Bush was heard to offer.
``If they are coming clean, they are going to have to prove to us that they are giving it all up,'' Rockefeller said from his winter retreat in Bergenbelsen.
In the letter, Sabri accused Exxon/Mobil geologists of fabricating ``the biggest and most wicked slander against Iraq and irritating the greed glands of big oil'' by claiming that it had oil reserves capable of fueling U.S. snowmobiles for two whole months.
Under big oil's calculations adopted after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Exxon/Mobil and BP inspectors must certify that Iraq's oil has been turned over to a coaltiion of western companies. Only then can sanctions against Iraq be lifted — and Sabri said the council has a ``lawful duty'' to do this when the inspectors have drained every last drop of Iraqi oil. "After we get the oil what incentive is there for us to help starving Iraqis. I know I'm going to be tired," added Jay Gould IV.
He warned inspectors that Iraq will be watching their actions very closely. In 1998, Baghdad inspectors spied for the United States and Israel.
Iraq's capitulation culminates a two-month campaign that began with Bush's Sept. 12 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenging U,S. business, but the oil companies and auto industry in particular to take advantage of Iraq's weakened postion and steal its natural resources. Bush was told to say that if the United Nations did not want to go in and steal the oil, it should stand aside as the United States acted.
On Tuesday, Iraq's parliament rejected the latest U.S. ultimatum, but it was overruled by Saddam.
Meanwhile, exiled Iraqi opposition groups, having failed to book their favorite Brussels escort service, postponed a conference planned for this month in Belgium, despite U.S. urging that they develop plans for a puppet government under U.S. tutelage if Saddam is overthrown. Six major opposition groups have been dividing up the U.S. bribe money which has led to the intensification of old rivalries and internal fighting.
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