Maynard57: I had a 2-hour long distance phone conversation last week with Bahir, my roommate back in our Hamline U days. The phone bill’s gonna look like a house payment, so I figured I might get some use out of it by sharing it with anyone in the dinar community that’s interested.
Bahir is from al Hillah, a somewhat agricultural, medium size city in central Iraq by the Euphrates River in the Babylon province, I think.
He shows his capitalist colors when he talks about the IQD as an investment and yes, he thinks it has real potential.
Bahir, because of who he is, does have some first hand knowledge of the political atmosphere in Iraq and he assures me that the Dinar community is only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
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What he does not have is any personal information about the facts of the RV.
Bahir would be the first to tell you: simply having that type of phenomenally valuable information at your disposal would put your life in danger.
To even be suspected of disseminating it to another person would get you fitted for a pair of ‘concrete galashes’ and your kin dredging your dank carcass from the bottom of the Euphrates.
Considering the interests at stake and the players involved, I think the danger of knowing too much is rather obvious.
Bahir’s point on the budget issue: Iraq seems to be following a script written for them (please, please read “The Future of Iraq”pdf).
As the RV approaches, the news about it can’t be good. With too much incentive, the sharks of the world would literally illiquidate Iraq from beyond its borders.
But the news can’t be bad, either, otherwise the investment climate crucial in their developing some degree of economic diversity will dry up and the IQD rate will collapse.
So what we’re getting right now, and you can see it in the articles coming out is a healthy does of Iraqi news propaganda DOUBESPEAK.
It’s white. And its black. It’s up and its down. Iraq is on center stage:
They are proud of their progress and their mind-boggling resource wealth. They are also publicly humiliated by all the dysfunction in parliament and all the petty disputes blocking the task of simply getting ‘r done. It has NOT been good for business.
The moral of the story appears to be this: the closer we get to the main event, the more directly contradictory news articles you will see.
It’s by design. Its completely understandable.
It is my speculation that your mission is basically to look at all the news, good and bad, take each piece with a grain of salt and stay focused on the big picture. Remember the X-Files.
The Truth is Out there. Its sitting on the 50-yard line somewhere in the middle of all this.