More from The Shock Doctrine

Maybe people already know this, but Paul Bremer (architect of the original Iraq war strategy) started a business called Crisis Consulting Practice in November 2001, after his previous business was destroyed in 9/11.

In November 2001, shortly after he launched his new counterterrorism company, Crisis Consulting Practice, Bremer wrote a policy paper for his clients explaining why multinational corporations faced increased risk of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. In the paper, entitled “New Risks in International BUsiness”, he told his elite clients that they faced increased dangers because of the economic model that had made them so wealthy. Free trade, he wrote, has lead to “the creation of unprecedented wealth,” but it has “immediate negative consequences for many.” It “requires laying off workers. And opening markets to foreign trade puts enormous pressure on traditional retailers and trade monopolies.” All these changes lead to growing income gaps and social tensions”, which in turn can lead to a range of attacks on U.S. firms, including terrorist attacks.”

(originally published in Viewpoint, Nov 2, 2001, accessed at http://www.mmc.com, republished in Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, p. 456-457)

I’ve been letting the Bush administration off the hook by saying they were merely incompetent for not knowing their war strategy and imperialist, disaster capitalism would lead to an increase in terrorism and unrest. But I’ve been too generous. They knew from the start. The very person they put in charge knew the risks – leading one to conclude that he just didn’t care.

What level of Dante’s hell would that put him in? Or, in secular terms, surely this is enough to bring Bremer, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield up on war crimes.

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~ by realsupergirl on March 13, 2009.

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