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Friday 28/03/2003Don't you know there's a war on? Well, without dwelling on the issues, politics, legality and sheer enormity of the Mesopotamian Adventure, I can't ignore some of the louder barking coming from the Americans when the F-word is mentioned.

Friday 28/03/2003
Don't you know there's a war on? Well, without dwelling on the issues, politics, legality and sheer enormity of the Mesopotamian Adventure, I can't ignore some of the louder barking coming from the Americans when the F-word is mentioned. Yes, even the makers of French's Mustard have had to put out a press release saying that they had nothing to do with the country. But it won't stop there. Check out this little snippet from The Wall Street Journal concerning the planned gift of a mobile phone system to the Iraqi people when the war's over and we all live happily ever after... "The battle over Iraq's postwar reconstruction has spread from the United Nations to the U.S. Congress, with a California lawmaker demanding that planners choose a wireless-phone technology developed by an American company. Rep. Darrell Issa sent letters to the Pentagon, the U.S. Agency for International Development and fellow lawmakers urging them to support the deployment of CDMA, a wireless technology developed commercially by Qualcomm Inc. "We have learned that planners at the Department of Defense and USAID are currently envisioning using federal appropriations to deploy a European-based wireless technology known as GSM ('Groupe Speciale Mobile' -- this standard was developed by the French) for this new Iraqi cellphone system," Mr. Issa wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Mr. Issa, a Republican, wrote that if GSM technology is deployed in Iraq, much of the equipment used to build that nation's cellphone system will be made in Western and Northern Europe. The 'U.S. government will soon hand U.S. taxpayer dollars over to French, German, and other European cellphone equipment companies to build the new Iraqi cellphone system. This is not acceptable,' he wrote. He plans to introduce legislation related to the matter on Thursday." Click here to see more of Rupert's diaries.