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Jack Fairweather

Washington, D.C., USA

Jack Fairweather was the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad and Gulf correspondent for four years, winning the UK's award for war reporting. He is currently based in Washington, D.C. He writes for the Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, and Harper's Magazine, and regularly reports from across the Middle East. more »

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Immigration's Moral Imperative

Iraqis have risked their lives for our cause. The moral imperative to help them, and others, outweighs all else.

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JOAO DA ROCHA:

FINALMENTE A CRISE MOSTROU OS CULPADOS, MAS SEM CRIMES


Somente depois da recente reunião realizada na Basiléia, Suíça, sede dos BIS ou USB (Banco Central dos Bancos Centrais), com a presença de Governadores ou Presidentes dos Bancos Centrais dos países do Grupo do G-10, compreendendo Bélgica, Canadá, França, Itália , Japão, Holanda, Suécia, Suíça, Inglaterra e Estados Unidos, foi possível saber, de direito, porque de fato já sabíamos, que os responsáveis
Pela propalada e administrada “Crise Mundial...” são os Cartéis do Sistema Financeiro e os Bancos Centrais, por omissão.

Essa reunião da Basiléia deixou bem claro que os Bancos Centrais dos Países mais ricos do Mundo, venceram a queda de braço contra o Tesouro Nacional americano e mostraram, sem nenhum constrangimento, que são verdadeiros agentes do sistema financeiro mundial. Enquanto o Secretário americano defendia ajuda restrita às vítimas inocentes das subprimes, limitada aos USD 160 bilhões, o FED (banco central americano) cobrava a ampliação desses benefícios aos especuladores e aos Bancos, indistintamente e foi o grande vencedor da peleja, em prejuízo de bilhões de dólares a milhões de contribuintes. E o FED está fazendo redescontos de títulos com garantia de 85% do Valor de Face, quando é sabido que a cotação desses papéis não passa de 10%. E uma prova transparente de que as Raposas continuam Fiscalizando os Aviários.

O interessante é que o sistema financeiro , através dos Bancos Centrais, sem necessidade de compromisso com o povo ou de representatividade através de eleições populares diretas, conquistou poderes absolutos para manipular mercado , inflação, juros e ainda com a vantagem de sacar do Tesouro Nacional, sem limite, recursos para a cobertura de fabulosos prejuízos ( R$ 48 bilhões foram sacados recente pelo BC Brasil) FAZ BEM LEMBRAR o que disse THOMAS JEFFERSON, EX-PRESIDENTE AMERICANO: “Se o povo americano alguma vez permitir aos bancos controlarem a questão da nossa dívida, primeiro através da inflação, depois pela deflação, os bancos e as corporações que crescerão privarão o povo de toda a prosperidade até que os seus filhos acordem sem casa no continente que os seus pais conquistaram”. A profecia está se materializando e mais de dois milhões dos americanos (vítimas inocentes) estão abandonando as suas casas, porque foram enganados e manipulados pela ganância da especulação financeira.

A era Greenspan, de juros negativos e de excesso de liquidez, com os ganhos abusivos nos países em desenvolvimento (continua até hoje), alastrou a especulação habitacional e de outros ativos de risco, mostrando uma prosperidade irreal e deixou os Bancos totalmente livres para a manipulação do mercado financeiro Mundial . E os Bancos Centrais não estão sendo capazes ou não querem mostrar a dimensão dessa crise e até parece que desejam que a instabilidade e as incertezas continuem. De acordo com o IIF ( Instituto de Finanças Internacionais), os Emergentes devem receber um fluxo de capitais de mais de US$ 730 bilhões este ano, sendo somente que US$ 260 bilhões em investimentos Diretos e o restante para giro na especulação financeira volátil, que não gera mais produção , emprego ou renda. E esse capital nocivo continua vasculhando o planeta, em busca de atrativos ganhos em países como os do Brasil, que infelizmente sempre privilegiou esse capital em detrimento das prioridades maiores da Nação.


A fraqueza do Tesouro americano. demonstrada frente ao seu Banco Central , como vem anunciando alguns jornais, já despertou em muitos países a necessidade de devolver ao Congresso Nacional o controle do dinheiro e a sua volta às mãos do povo, mas com competência, seriedade e total TRANSPARENCIA. As lições valiosas do passado, a partir de 1929 de nada serviram ou estão servindo, exatamente porque os países democráticos continuam socializando prejuízos de bilhões de dólares (do povo) em favor de uma ínfima minoria de especuladores e banqueiros internacionais. Esperamos que o governo brasileiro tenha maturidade suficiente e não seja embevecido com o noticiário bajulador da imprensa internacional, mostrando o País como o berço da prosperidade para esse capital nocivo. Basta lembrar, com uma certa tristeza que o crescimento real estupendo das receitas do Tesouro não foi suficiente para conter uma dívida de US$ 157 bilhões em janeiro de 1991 que passou para R$ 1,333,8 trilhão em 2007 e deve chegar a R$ 1.540 trilhão em 2008, de acordo com projeções do Banco Central.Tudo isso, depois do pagamento, no mesmo período, de alguns bilhões de dólares em juros e encargos financeiros. Somente de 2007 para 2008 haverá um crescimento nominal da dívida em mais de R$ 200 bilhões, independentemente dos juros que serão pagos com o aproveitamento do superávit primário. E de 1991 para cá esses bilhões de reaias que estão gerando novos endividamentos estão sendo direcionados única e exclusivamente para alimentar a ciranda financeira ou o capital de “motel” e a concratação de riquezas. Esperávamos, sinceramente, que os Bancos Centrais e o FMI , na reunião da Basiléia apresentassem soluções concretas para o MONITORAMENTO DO SISTEMA FINANCEIRO, NA DEFESA DE BILHÕES DE PESSOAS.OS AMERICANOS E A UNIÃO EUROPEIA, EM NOME DA CRISE, ESTÃO GANHANDO ALGUNS BILHÕES DE DÓLARES ANUAIS, ROLANDO DÍVIDAS DE MAIS DE US$ 20 TRILHÕES A CUSTO ZERO OU MESMO NEGATIVO. NADA MAU PARA QUEM ESTÁ EM CRISE.

JOAO DA ROCHA:

SERÁ QUE O GOVERNO BRASILEIRO QUER ESCONDER OS LUCROS DOS BANCOS... Para justificar e ao mesmo tempo esconder os fabulosos lucros dos Bancos,prestadores de serviços, com a maior rentabilidade do mundo, em relação ao patrimonio líquido, o Banco Central já busca criar, conforme noticiou a imprensa, um Fundo de Reserva, nos Bancos, para suposto RISCO ...E essas reservas, embora continuassem gerando riquezas no próprio sistema, seriam deduzidas dos Lucros e, portanto, do Imposto de Renda a pagar ao Tesouro.E olha, se realmente for adotada essa medida protecionista e incabível, que pode causar bilhões de reais em prejuizo ao Tesouro ( ao povo) Nacional, seria o caso de se analisar até a criação de uma CPI do Sistema Financeiro,mas que apresentasse resultado em defesa dos interesses maiores da Nação. Os abusos já passaram do limite e o povo é frágil e tem ferramenta da época da pedra lascada para reagir contra tudo isso de sofisticação, aprimporamento e capacidade de descapitalizar um país. Para todas as medidas que beneficiam Bancos e com iniciativa do BC, os resultados sempre foram imediatos. Já as medidas que poderiam beneficiar correntistas, investidores,como redução nas taxas de juros e de serviços bancários, etc.,precisam de longa maturação, como sempre diz o mesmo Banco Central, nós acreditamos e porque ? Será que com uma estrutura tão cara e mantida com suados recursos do Povo, o Banco Central e mais algumas Agências Reguladoras irão continuar esquecendo de cumprir o seu verdadeiro papel ? Apresentando tanto lucro e pouca responsabilidade com o social, o sistema financeiro nacional deve estar sendo, nesse momento, o grande atrativo e cobiça para o capital especulativo internacional aportar aquí no Brasil. Porque EUA, UE e Ásia, não tem mais espaço e ágio criminoso para esse capital volátil que a cada dia e através da imprensa mundial e especializada, vem implantando uma série de notícias, para a fabulosa colheita de ganhos nunca vistos. Será que o Governo está realmente enxergando isso ou a miopia é nossa?. E a selic de 11,25% já não está mais agradando a esse capital voraz e APÁTRIDA, embora o BC não torne público os juros que hoje está pagando para a rolagem de dívida. Já pagamos, através do Tesouro Nacional, nos últimos cinco anos, mais de 700 bilhões de reais em juros e mais de R$ 500 milhões de reais ao dia, em 2007, para alimentar esse capital que não trás produtividade, emprego, renda e consumo.E esse desembolso diário, é sòmente com a dívida de R$ 1,3 trilhões. E o Banco Central já esclarece que a dívida irá crescer entre R$ 180 a 240 bilhões em 2008, passando para R$ 1,48 a 1,54 trilhões. E os juros diários passarão para mais de 600 milhões de reais. Porque continuar culpando o Arroz, o Feijão, o funcionalismo, os aposentados e as justas correções salárias, se o culpado está bem visível e trabalhando na impunidade absoluta? Presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, já está pasando da hora de um basta em tantos privilégios aos sistema financeiro e que só direciona recursos para os financiamentos de Curto Prazo, incluindo os papéis do Governo,como a principal mina de ouro.Presidente, pense no País, como sempre o fez.Não deixe que o Brasil se torne no grande e imenso paraiso fiscal para o deleite da agiotagem internacional. Poder, o senhor tem.E que DEUS continue a nos abendiçoar.

DAVID BELANGER:

THE WHITEHOUSE HAS TURN AGAINST THE DYNAMIC DUO(BUSH,CHENEY) SO WHY HASN'T OUR LEADERS IN CONGRESS


However today the White House is saying the President was told much more.

After taking a reporters' question earlier today about exactly what the President was told, White House press secretary Dana Perino provided a response to reporters Wednesday night.

Perino stated Bush had been told in August that Iran suspended it's covert nuclear weapons program.

"In August, DNI Director McConnell advised President Bush that the intelligence community would not be able to meet a congressionally imposed deadline requiring a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran because new information had been obtained just as they were about to finalize the report," Perino wrote in an emailed response.

"He said that if the new information turns out to be true, what we thought we knew for sure is right. Iran does in fact have a covert nuclear weapons program, but it may be suspended," Perino's email said.

Perino also said McConnell told the President the new information might cause the intelligence community to change its assessment of Iran's covert nuclear program.

The latest National Intelligence Estimate -- declassified excerpts of which were released on Monday -- found that Iran actually shelved it's nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Despite the fact that Bush was told in August that U.S. intelligence agencies believed Iran's nuclear weapons program had been halted, the Bush administration continued to raise the rhetoric against Iran, calling for a third round of United Nations sanctions.

The President even warned publicly in October about a World War III if Iran didn't cease their weapons program.

"I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them (Iran) from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," Bush said in October

HOW ABOUT REPORTING WHY CONGRESS STILL HASN'T IMPEACH THESE LIEING SCUM BAGS,BUSH,CHENEY

Steve:

If everyone that helps us in Iraq is in fears for their lives, that means we have not liberated Iraq. We have just changed dictators.
If everyone in Iraq that has helped us has to come over here then that would mean only our enemies will be left in Iraq. This is definitely a definition of failure.

Surely there must be somewhere in Iraq that is safe.

If word gets out that if you are declared a traitor you get to go to America then terrorist groups will have some of their own members declared terrorists just so they can be shipped off to America to kill on our own shores.

Terrorists are great at finding loopholes like that and using them against us.

Mike:

I agree that those who the Americans used to help further the cause of the occupation are owed a secure future. That security will be very expensive long-term. I suggest that we take a careful and honest evaluation of exactly who has been benefiting from this fiasco and tax their assets and put them in a trust fund to provide this needed long-term security. We can start with outfits like Halliburton (now headquartered in Dubai) and move on to Blackwater and every other war profiteer. It is the moral thing to do. Maybe the Israelis could kick in a few hundred million.

Anonymous:

How about terrorists among them coming to the U.S.?

There needs to be national debate and follow by a well thought out national security policy.

Tom Miller:

Interesting post and I'm on the side of taking the responsibility for the people who help the U.S. whether our wisdom or lack of wisdom in some venture such as Iraq is debatable or not. They have put their lives and the lives of their families on the line for our soldiers and deserve to be protected by us. Common decency demands no less.

I'm not afraid that they will be traitors to the U.S. after arriving and in fact, I believe that we have seen the exact opposite from the many refugees who have come to America from Vietnam after the war. These were not traitors to their country. They were people who eagerly wanted a better way of life for their families and to distance themselves from governments that provided no hope and they cared enough to give us a hand. I applaud them.

Thanks for your post Mr. Fairweather.

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Robert of Los Angeles:

In the interests of full disclosure, if we're talking about Haider Samad, he was also involved in co-writing article about these very same militias and Basra police infiltration. In fact, this same Haider Samad in 2003 was under house arrest by Saddam and his father was in the REAL Abu Gharib where parading naked before women was not among the causes of their suffering....

I add this because 1) you should have 2) his being threatened just may be MORE due to his honesty about dangerous and corrupt Iraqis than just translating British requests for requisitions for falafel and baklava, 3) his family history as anti-Saddam has probably been a 2 edged sword - getting him access as a Shia hero but afraid of his being too honest about ongoing schemes and insurgencies.

We do owe these heroes our best efforts to protect them and their families and you Jack owe the most obligation to him since due to you and the Telegraph, he put his name in front of a million people. Some say traitor -- even on these posts, I don't think so.

Neerja, Noth Potomac, MD:

I sympathize with Haider and others who might have the same situation, but how does this make sense? "Let us go free up a country from a dictator, without being asked, and whoever supports us over there can then migrate to our country and find shelter here..." Am I the only one who is seeing a very, very skewed logic here ?

I guess that is what the "you break it, you bought it" policy is all about.

RAT-The:

We did not liberate Iraq for all the Iraqi's to come here! The problem is not getting them out, the problem is our stupidity in not KILLING the people threatening them!

It is a Con Game of the worst sort, that makes us the losers any way we cooperate.

See, if we did not help rebuild Iraq, we are Bad!

If we rebuild Iraq and do not use ANY Iraqi's, we are Bad!

Then, Any Iraqi's who do try to rebuild Iraq are also BAD?

I don't think I am willing to let such an enemy of BOTH Iraq and the Allied Forces Breath the Free air of a Liberated Iraq.

Break out the Polygraphs FOOLS! There are people living amongst the Iraq people who really should NOT Be! Weed them OUT, once and for Good!

Iran should want them(Back)!

Anonymous:

Compassion is no substitute for a well thought out plan. It's much better for them to settle in neighbor countries such as Jordan and Syria. There's no need for them to swarm into the U.S.

There could be terror cells / sleeper cells among the incoming Iraqi "refugees". There's no way to effectively eliminate such threat if we let them in.


Randy:

The retribution for those who worked for the US or affiliate companies will be horrific. Although, US KIA's are down and as alleged Iraqi deaths are down too, these revelations from the Bush government and the Maliki government, people are still dying. As many of you know, the US have tasked the Iraqi government to number the locals killed. One really wonders if the statistics are correct. I really doubt it.

Those who trusted the United States and put their collective family lives on the line deserve to be allowed to immigrate to the US or Britain..or to anyplace reprsented by the coalition.

And, as for the violence down as General O indicated yesterday on CNN...this is temporary..the militas who we now pay nearly 500 USD a month to "support" US efforts will turn on us in a minutes once they know the money is running out. US commanders who generated this "bottom up" policy must be held to account for what might be a disasterous strategic error. I sincerely hope not..but things change quickly.

The Iraqi government is dysfucntional and continued support for a corrupt government who really cares less for its people should realize the clock is ticking...time is running out.

Chip Elliott:

Agree with your sentiment, but disagree to an extent on the facts. I spent a year over there, got back last summer, and offered to help any of my interpreters who wanted help getting out. To date, 3 of 7 who wanted out have made it to the U.S. and the other 4 are in the process. I hear from them periodically and track their files. It can be done. While my information is annecdotal, most U.S. units seemed to be working it.

Interestingly, all 3 are going back to continue serving as interpreters now that they have established resident alien status here.

Mickey:

Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT import the Iraqi traitors into our country. These Iraqi traitors betrayed their own country for a foreign occupation.

Given a chance, the Iraqi traitors would do it again to betray America in a heart beat! Once a traitor always a traitor. These Iraqi traitors have no sense of loyalty and honor.

Import the Iraqi traitors into the U.S. is a major threat to the national security of our country. Americans could never trust the Iraqi traitors.

Wesa:

I think it's incredibly sad that, as Fairweather suggests, the U.S. and Great Britain avoid helping Iraqis like Haider as doing so would essentially be admitting the invasion and current occupation is a failure. When countries are no longer run by the imeptuous egos of "leaders", we might have a chance at being truly civilized, compassionate people. The United States has become an embarrassment to many of its residents, and the story of Haider and those like him only makes us look more greedy. Although "Wrigley's" post is a bit crass, s/he is right.

druvas:

I agree with the Mr. Fairweather. We are responsible to insure the safety of the people that assisted us. Many people say that the real reason al-qeada got so much support in Afghanistan is because we abandoned them (the mujahadeen fighters) after the Cold War. Are we going to do it again in Iraq? It doesn't sound like a good idea to me... Nor a very Christian one...

Wrigley :-) ! :

Well, when and if things calm down in Ey-raq, perhaps we can setup a chewing gum factory and call it Haider-- spit it out after the flavour and the use has run out!

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