Rumsfeld to Bush: Initiate jobs program for unemployed Iraqi youth
NYT/AP: Iraq Experts Weigh Jobs Program By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 6, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just as debate rages over sending more U.S. troops to Iraq, there are differing views about whether economic incentives such as micro-loans and U.S.-funded jobs programs would coax militiamen to trade guns for tools.
Some reconstruction experts say giving Iraqis jobs that include clearing streets and fixing water and sanitation systems would produce little economic benefit for a country on the brink of all-out civil war.
Others say civilian jobs programs -- an idea President Bush is considering -- are designed to build security. Only when violence is under control, they say, can business flourish.
Details have not been disclosed about the economic incentives Bush will announce as early as Wednesday. But those familiar with the plan say he is favoring short-term jobs programs, extending micro-loans to small business and increasing the amount of money that military commanders can spend quickly on local projects to improve the daily lives of Iraqis....
In a classified memo Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote two days before he resigned as defense secretary, he told the president: ''Initiate a massive program for unemployed youth. It would have to be run by U.S. forces, since no other organization could do it.''...
11. Where the society is perceived to be unjust, the ruler will not be...
Edited on Sat Jan-06-07 04:56 PM by teryang
...allowed to maintain the conditions of order necessary for elites to enjoy the benefits and levies upon commerce to support order. This is a particularly Arab response to perceived injustice. The injustice may not be understood in the western sense, but in the sense of traditional rule. Those perquisites of local income, status, prestige, trades, levies and licenses of the past cannot just be eliminated and a new order reimposed without going through the process of anarchy and rectification.
The presence of outside forces (invaders) is unnatural and foreign in this process, the development of militias, armed groups and tribes and acts of terrorism aimed directly at commercial activity particularly that which is intended to support a new order is, in a historical sense, perfectly Arab.
The anecdotal reportage of how and when "terrorism" occurs supports this thesis, but its roots are deeply historical.
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