Update: After this got picked up by Juan Cole a blogger with experience of Eisenstadt is saying it is a hoax, (or at least the guy is a wannabe more than anything) I’m trying to get to the bottom of this but as satire it does hit its targets I suppose.
Update 2: Well the jury is in and it is not what it appears to be, the guy changed his name to Martin to escape detection (now foiled as the last bout of activity now puts hoax as top result for his name!). If he means to help the antiwar cause he has not, my guess is he is after a media career does hold right wing views and thinks this is a funny satire of what the left thinks of the occupation. I will leave the rest of the post as a lesson in fallibility! I’m sorry to those who like me were taken in by this. Martin Eisenstadt or whoever he really is is invited to come here and explain his work and what his motivations are.
Old post below the fold-
I cannot urge you enough to watch this youtube clip and post it yourself, an American- Martin Eisenstadt who is thought to be this guy (pretty well much confirmed see below for his own blog posts) talking at the ‘Baghdad Business 2 Business EXPO‘ about business opportunities in Iraq, he evangelises about casinos in the green zone (built with slave labour incidentally), bringing in former Soviet Union and Thai ‘masseuses’ and is horrifically so racist it is difficult not to feel sick and as Raed Jarrar says-
ladies and gentlemen, please meet the new US strategy to unite Iraq: Giuliani/McCain’s adviser (Mr. Eisenstadt) wants to use the same uniform for Iraqis who serve in the Green Zone. So whether you were a Sunni, Shiite, or Kurd, you will be working in the brand new casinos with the saaaaame outfit. This approach seems to have been tested before in the U.S. before exporting it to Iraq. Mr. Adviser says that “we also had a racial problem between the indians, the caucasians from europe and the blacks from africa but somehow casinos have managed to fix that”. Then he adds: “only 20 years ago indians were drunk and homeless and committing crimes, today they are prosperous and wealthy driving mercedes and their kids have gameboys and play stations”. But only “the indians”, but also “have the black people with the sports have managed to advance themselves”.
After 7000 years, finally we have someone who knows how to unite iraqis, and it’s been tested on other people of color too! amazing!
This is the naked face of imperialism, utterly greedy, endlessly racist and brutally arrogant.
Update: This is his blog post on February 11th, the Expo was held 15-17th of February
Casinos and the Middle East – intriguing meetings
February 11th, 2008 . by Marty
While I’m not at liberty to divulge details, suffice it to say I was at a very intriguing meeting of the minds the other night in Beverly Hills at the house of Ron Burkle. The discussion centered around the prospects of using casinos to transform the Middle East. Bush’s one mistake was his misguided focus on the spreading of democracy to the East, when he should have been taking a page from Ronald Reagan’s strategy of the Cold War – the spreading of free markets and capitalism. And what better manifestation of capitalism is there than casinos? (just ask your local Comanche or Sioux).
So there I was with Mohammed Ali Al Hashimi of Dubai-based Zabeel Investments on the one hand, and the dashing Vegas entrepeneur Andrew Sasson (the Light Group). And we got to talking about the potential for expansion in the service and hospitality sectors not just in the Emirates, but in Iraq proper. Show me a place where casinos have not prospered and bettered the prospects of the surrounding communities? Strangely enough, some old-school members of the internationalist wing of the Democrat party were present at Ron’s house that night (Dukakis, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clark et al) and Warren Christopher, of all people, chirped up “you can’t go wrong with casinos.”
And his post on the 14th-
Heading off on Middle East fact-finding mission
February 14th, 2008 . by Marty
I’m at Dulles now in the departure lounge waiting for the flight. Walking into the terminal, I’m struck by ebb and flow of new immigrants meeting their families. Carrying boxes and parcels, taped together – tied together with string, hope, gumption and luck. All looking for the American dream of freedom. Immigration’s a touchy issue, but for the few that are let in, you can see the tears of joy. Let’s hope we can continue to export that dream of freedom and democracy so all peoples can enjoy American-style liberties in their own lands. Sorry to get emotional there, but airports do that to me.
So I think it is fair to say this is the same Martin Eisenstadt -(I am proud to announce that I recently accepted an offer from the McCain campaign to serve as “a Liaison with the Jewish community” and “foreign policy advisor”.) He also has something against LGBT friendly firms. I suppose this could be used to attack the McCain campiagn but it must be said he claims leading Democrats also liked his casino imperialism.
PS. If anyone can stand to watch this enough to do a transcription that would be good, I can’t it disgusts me too much, fuck me he even talks about ‘trickle down’ economics for the lucky waiters, masseuses and gardeners. It’s like a human walking talking Shock Doctrine.