"Hostile takeover." hahaha! That is funny as hell. You certainly have a way with words, Kaitak.
Now, let me express my thoughts. This is yet another example of Airbus' blatant disregard for what is right. All those people care about is profit. They build inferior aircraft, use government subsidies to undercut a company that builds aircraft the right way, they sell to anybody regardless of who they are or what they've done. Selling anything, whether it's a stick of gum or an airliner, to Saddam Hussein's regime is unscrupulous, unethical, and unprincipled. Airbus plays dirty, and anybody who is convinced that Airbus products or business philosophies are in any way superior to Boeing doesn't know the first thing about aviation.
CX747 is right. This is indeed a slap in the face to Gulf War veterans like myself. It is a slap in the face to Boeing and all American companies, which have shown the restraint to refuse to do business with rogue states, such as Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, all three of whom seek to obtain a nuclear arsenal. Worst of all, it is a slap in the face to my brother, who on February 20, 1991 gave his life for the people of Kuwait, for the defense of the democratic ideals of the people of the United States and western Europe, and to show people like Saddam that they cannot commit such horrific acts without somebody taking a stand for what is right.
Today, Saddam Hussein still rules Iraq with an iron fist, oppressing the people of Iraq, the Kurds in northern Iraq, and captured Kuwaitis, Iranians, and Turks. Airbus sent a clear message to the world: "WE CAN BE BOUGHT."