|The Mudville Gazette|
Sunday, April 13, 2003
GERMANY, FRANCE, RUSSIA OFFERED HUGE ROLE IN REBUILDING IRAQAs leaders of Germany, France, and Russia met in St Petersburg, USSR I mean Russia, to discuss whether any of them had any future at all and which country was going to host Saddam Hussein, the USA offered them a huge role in helping re-build Iraq.
On Thursday Wolfowitz -- a leading hawk in the U.S. administration -- said France, Germany and Russia could contribute to rebuilding Iraq by writing off some or all of the loans they made to Iraq under President Saddam Hussein.
"I hope for example they'll think about the very large debts that come from money that was lent to the dictator (Saddam Hussein) to buy weapons and to build palaces and to build instruments of repression," Wolfowitz said.
French diplomatic sources said that according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), minus interest charges, Iraq owes around $1.7 billion to France, $2.2 billion to the United States and $2.25 billion to Germany.
See? There's plenty for everyone to do!
And by the way, has anyone seen the pictures of these guys at the summit? Like deer in the headlights...