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  1. g3 says:

    Arundhati Roy :
    “Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people‚Äôs minds & then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.” When politicians invoke the flag and whip up false patriotism, be very very afraid.
    As another saying goes : “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”.

    yet another one : http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Global_Economy/Neoliberalism,_Militarism.html
    Addressing CEOs of major U.S. corporations in October 1998, William Cohen, then the U.S. Secretary of Defense, expressed the relationship between economic investment and military activity in the most basic terms:
    “Business follows the flag…. We provide the kind of security and stability. You provide the kind of profits that guarantee investment and profit for the local communities who in turn will buy our products…. We need to continue to have this relationship where we provide the security and you provide the investment.

    the flag is very essential to carry out the chief US foreign policy goal – that of ensuring enhanced corporate profits – whether by resource grab or opening up markets for US/Western corporations through privatization etc. Libya has a good “market” for healthcare and education which were free under the murdered tyrant. If the armed militants (arms courtesy US, Saudi, Qatar, UK & France) now turned against US let them.

  2. g3 says:

    More on the business following the flag, esp in Libya :

    Libya’s business community is lobbying the new interim government to relax many of the heavy-handed state policies that crimped corporate work during the Gadhafi regime, including foreign-currency exchange limits and a law that forced private enterprises to make Libyan employees shareholders of the business.

    Tarhouni’s influence over future economic policy remains to be seen but he said he would be strongly recommending a move away from an economy in which, he said, he had been surprised to find on his return home how many Libyans received state funds.

    Since many of the six million population now seemed to expect their oil-rich government to increase, rather than reduce, the level of subsidies and welfare payments, the new leadership faced a challenge of managing those expectations.

    “The private sector should be the engine for the future economic development of Libya,” he said.

    “The challenges will be to decrease the size of government and to give the private sector more room … What makes it challenging is that right now the level of expectations of the people are very high — and that the government will deliver more rather than less … So it’s a challenge. But Gaddafi’s dead, so everything else can be managed.”

    Yeah, profits ! USA ! USA!

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