Thursday, February 23, 2012

US Rice Farmers to Iraq: Where's the Love?

The AP (via WaPo) reports that struggling US rice farmers are incensed that Iraq now prefers to buy its rice from India.  Rice from India is cheaper, but the American farmers are royally pissed off because of  (as one Texas farmer whined), "with all that we’ve done over there, there would be a way to get them to do business with us."
From another farmer, “If we’ve got some rice to sell, they ought to pay a premium for it just because this is the country that freed them.”
From one Arkansas farmer, “We spent billions and billions, if not trillions over there, and lots of people died. There should be some reciprocation ...."
Well, at least this gentleman wasn't completely clueless; he remembers that "lots of people died."
Unfortunately, he and his pals seem to number only Americans among them.  Not an iota of awareness that the thousands of Americans that our Boy Emperor dispatched to Iraq - and the thousands of other Americans who signed on as "contractors" just for the money, and the thrill of shooting people - contributed to killing tens of thousands of Iraqis.
Get over it, gentlemen.  Iraqis owe you nothing.  In a more just world, you'd be shipping your rice to them, free of charge.

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