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“I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows, that the Iraq war is largely about oil” – Alan Greenspan former head of the Federal Reserve

Tin-pot Iraqi dictator-in-waiting, Ayad Allawi was the US-appointed ‘interim-Iraqi Prime Minister’ for 9 months in 2004-5. Today he defeated incumbent Nouri al-Maliki to the position of Prime Minister by 10,000 votes according to reports.

Now there’s one more CIA stooge ruling over yet another formerly sovereign nation and people.

Under CIA direction he ran an exile organization, the Iraqi National Accord, in the early 1990s that sent agents into Baghdad to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities in an effort to depose Saddam Hussein. Their targets included a mosque, a movie house and a newspaper — the latter strike killing a child passing by. Ex-CIA operatives said a bus full of schoolchildren was also blown apart.

As interim Iraqi Prime minister in 2004-5, Allawi was responsible for operating death squads out of the Iraqi interior ministry in an effort to divide Iraqi society and create the appearance of ‘civil war’ between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia populations and thereby divide and conquer the Iraqi resistance to US occupation lead by Moqtada al Sadr.

On Thursday 14 October 2004, Allawi stated: “[w]e have asked Fallujah residents to turn over al-Zarqawi and his group. If they don’t do it, we are ready for major operations in Fallujah”. Fallujah, a city of 300,000 people was then mercilessly bombed. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians were killed, many of them horribly burned with illegal white phosphorus shells.

In 2004 it was reported that Allawi personally executed six bound ‘insurgents’ – ordinary Iraqis fighting US occupation.

On at least one occasion in 2004 Allawi personally intervened to prevent a ceasefire and peace talks with the Iraqi resistance because he realised that any just peace settlement in Iraq would, by popular mandate, not include either him or his CIA masters in a controlling position.

In 2005 arrests were issued for Allawi and 27 of his former ‘ministers’ in the interim government over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds.

With Allawi as Prime Minister, Iraq will be more secure as the latest trophy in the American Empire’s cabinet, as will the the illegal contracts originally signed by Paul Bremer in 2004 to give all of Iraq’s resources to American companies.