The Iraqi trade minister Mouhamad Mahdi Saleh announced yedterday that Iraq has signed contracts with french Peugeot and german Volkswagen to buy 10,000 cars for distribution amongst the Iraqi populationmy suggestion is that we add 2500 Russian Lada cars. 500,000 Chinese kids watches. 2500 Ssangyung cars [salam: Korean??]. 10 tons of spices from India and 10 from Pakistan....so who else needs a christmas present??? and 10 tons of coffee from Brazil, we don't want to repeat the fiasco with cars.
[salam]: Non-Iraqi readers will not get the Brazilian car reference. In the early eigties the Iraqi State Company for cars imported thousands and thousands of a VW Passat made in Brazil (rumor was that this was part of a clause in an arms deal or something, who knows?). this car was very cheap, it was everybody's second or third car in the house. your bratty kid wants a car? buy him a Brazili (which means brazilian). the problem was it was the worst car you can imagine. not suited for the heat of Iraqi summer it broke down spectacularly, the next batch was a bit better but still rubbish. until this day it is the most common and affordable car in iraq. It is so part of Iraqiness in the eighties there are songs about it. but it is still rubbish. Here is a picture of it and here is someone who thinks its so cool he devoted a page to his pix with it.