“Companies scrambling for a slice of the pie in war-torn Iraq,” Abayaw said, “reminds me of the time just after the Spanish-American war when the American government sent an emissary to the Philippines to prepare a Catalogue of natural resources of that country.”

“Unbelievable, isn’t it?” Dulmog remarked. “Did you know that American citizens were granted parity rights–equal economic rights with the Filipinos in the exploitation of their rich natural resources? The scope of those rights covered mining, timber, agriculture and public utilities. ”

“It’s happening all over again in Iraq,” Abayaw noted. “Their intentions will likely be veiled in propaganda rhetoric.”

“Yaw, what’s the world coming to when no one seems to see that what belongs to a nation, belongs rightly to its people?”

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