The great charade

Gary Lawrence Murphy
17 Jul 2002 12:58:40 -0400

>>>>> "J" == Jim Whitehead <> writes:

    J> A good dividing line is the answer to the question, "do the
    J> military victors intend to collect taxes from the vanquished?"
    J> In the case of US/Afghanistan, and US/Iraq, the answer is no.

Taxes??? Where have you been, man!  That's /so/ 19th Century! Victors
don't take /taxes/ from the vanquished anymore, that's /way/ too
expensive to enforce and collect. No, they take loan interest, voting
shares, transport right-of-way and exclusive distribution rights.

... and the answer there, as with US/Japan and US/Germany, is "yes".

Gary Lawrence Murphy <> TeleDynamics Communications Inc
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