March 20, 2004

War in Iraq - One Year On

...and the world is a more dangerous place.

At least Simon Willison has found the weapons of mass destruction, hiding in the meta tags of the official Web site of the temporary government of Iraq, the Coalition Provisional Authority (source).

‹meta name=" keywords" content="Coalition, Saddam, Hussein, War, Iraq, Oil, army, health, Gulf War, military, humanitarian, operations, Medical, assistance, mass, destruction, Military, medical, news, Bremer, forces, RPGs, national, guard, defense, DoD, security, war, contracts, contracting, civilian, KBR, Bechtel, Halliburton, electricity, baghdad, Iraqi, Iraqis, Sunni, Shiite, kurds,,defense, bombing, missile, weapon, weapons, WMD

Hang on, let's read that again:

‹meta name=" keywords" content="Coalition, Saddam, Hussein, War, Iraq, Oil, army, health, Gulf War, military, humanitarian, operations, Medical, assistance, mass, destruction, Military, medical, news, Bremer, forces, RPGs, national, guard, defense, DoD, security, war, contracts, contracting, civilian, KBR, Bechtel, Halliburton, electricity, baghdad, Iraqi, Iraqis, Sunni, Shiite, kurds,,defense, bombing, missile, weapon, weapons, WMD›

The inclusion of US contractors KBR, Bechtel and Halliburton (especially before the ethnic groups) shows a total lack of respect for the citizens of the country it is supposed to be governing.

Meanwhile, the description wouldn't look out of place in Star Trek:

‹meta name=" description" content="The Coalition Provisional Authority, called CPA, is the name for the temporary government of Iraq. It is composed of a coalition of more than 40 nations from around the world which represent every continent and race on earth. All of these countries are united in the purpose of achieving a free and stable Iraq which respects the rights of its citizens and is at peace with its neighbors. Once a constitution is in place and democratic elections are held, the CPA will have accomplished its mission and will go home, leaving behind it, God willing, an Iraq that is a decent place for peace-loving citizens to live and exercise the freedoms given to all men by their creator."›

The very same Web site was soliciting for contractors who might sell AK-47s; and they're still looking for 9mm ammunition, if you have any spare.

One more thing, the use of "cursor:crosshair" in the CSS on some pages gives the impression that one is aiming to fire...

Meanwhile, with tales of the U.S. Unloading WMD in Iraq and another Halliburton controversy, perhaps the real truth lies in the meta tags... Posted by Martin Sewell at March 20, 2004 10:41 PM | TrackBack