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Iraq bribes Germany(10 posts)

Iraq bribes GermanyCaptain Morgan
Feb 12, 2003 12:31 PM
Now the truth comes out. Yesterday, Iraq placed an order for 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion) of goods and services. It announced that it was rewarding Germany for its "fair stance" in conflict to the U.S. by giving German companies the "highest priority."

Seems the U.S. is not the only country with a foreign policy based on greed (according to the libs).
And that's news to you?czardonic
Feb 12, 2003 12:53 PM
Of course Iraq is going to favor a country that is trying to save it from being annihilated.

Are you telling me that this is a revelation to you, or that we should be scandalized by it?
I was speaking about Germany's perspectiveCaptain Morgan
Feb 12, 2003 1:09 PM
I could give a rat's @$$ about the Iraqi perspective; I was more interested in this from the German perspective. I was referring to Germany's greed, not Iraq's, in that Germany is "supporting" Iraq for "personal benefit." And no, that does not surprise me either.
Regardless.czardonic
Feb 12, 2003 1:26 PM
I know you are aware that the United States has long been motivated by greed (though only the "libs" are treacherous enough to point that out). Why should the German's be any different?

Moreover, you are assuming that the Germans had foreknowledge of the benefit that they would get for "supporting" Iraq. What do you base that assumption on? If I push someone out of the way of an oncoming bus, and they "reward" me for taking action, am I greedy?
NothingCaptain Morgan
Feb 12, 2003 1:45 PM
It is just my assuming the worst of a liberal (supposed) ally, just as you would think the worst if we were talking about a conservative issue.

So, would you accept the reward? Of course, it is not an exact comparison, because in your example there would be no implied negative ramification on your ethics (i.e. implied conflict of interest).
Nope. Virtue is its own reward. (nm)czardonic
Feb 12, 2003 2:39 PM
performance?DougSloan
Feb 12, 2003 2:12 PM
Somehow, I have my doubts about Iraq being able to perform the agreement (or any agreement), given current and near future circumstances.

Doug
Good point nmCaptain Morgan
Feb 12, 2003 2:21 PM
And France and Russia have signed oil contractsSintesi
Feb 12, 2003 3:36 PM
with the Prime Evildoer. Let's face it, they don't want to go to war simply because of OIL!
No - Only the U.S. economy is dependant on foreign oil...TJeanloz
Feb 13, 2003 1:21 PM
What I don't understand is why European nations claim that the U.S. is driven by oil, when they are just as dependant on oil imports (moreso from the middle east) as the U.S.

Does France seriously think that oil prices don't matter to their economy?