Are the people of Iraq ready for self-government? They say yes; so does most of the UN. But what does L. Paul Bremer III, the interim poobah of the US occupation say? "Nay!" He also insists that Bagdhad has "dramatically" changed for the better (!) since the US arrived (!!). Perhaps he has not been briefed on the latest bombing of the UN headquarters, or the near-fatal shooting of Aquila al-Hashimi, a member of the Iraqi Governing Council who had been receiving death threats for "collaborating with the occupying force." Furthermore, he is confident that the proposed $87BILLION "will be sufficient to put Iraq on the path of stability." (!!!) For that much money it had better be as stable as Switzerland...but something tells me that's not gonna happen.

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