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War Behind the War
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strict confidence... I should welcome almost any war, for I think
this country needs one." Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President
(In letter to a friend, 1897)
Many and diverse
are the reasons for war, and rarely are the truest reasons publicly
espoused by the politicians who rattle their sabers to the maddened
have learned to coin phrases that boil the blood, or stir the pulse,
but these are emotional, not rational, spurs to battle.
Behind his public
performance, out of the light and the roar of the crowd, the thinkers
sit, and quietly plot great wars and social conflicts, for real,
not emotional nor imaginary profits and the acquisition of greater
wealth. For months, this writer has been seeking evidence of such
meetings, but to little avail.
an article from the liberal newspaper, The Guardian , of Sept. 2002,
the London journal reported a meeting of the Royal Institute of
International Affairs there, composed of leading oil executives,
Iraqi exiles, and (of course) international legal experts. The title
of the closed door confab? "Invading Iraq: Dangers and Opportunities
for the Energy Sector". One attendee summed up the days
events with the telling quip: "Who gets the oil?" And
there it is.
Iraqi deputy oil minister, Taha Hmud Moussa, speaking before the
current conflict ripened, told reporters in an interview that the
nation had a potential yield of 300 billion barrels of oil, "when
all of Iraqs regions are explored."
If western oil
interests can get their hands on those reserves (which were lost
when Iraq nationalized their fields in 1972) they expect to be able
to produce some 8 million barrels a day within 10 years. The math
answers a lot of questions.
barrels, at $30 bucks a barrel, 365 days a year and you're looking
at $87.6 billion with a 'b'! a year.
and American oilmen, this is just too much to resist. A war? Hell,
they'll fight 10 wars if need be (well, not 'fight' exactly
but get others to fight). This is a war for profit writ large.
This is the
real 'bling! bling!'.
Many years ago,
in Philadelphia, a man was arrested in a seedy part of town, after
a woman escaped what was described as a 'Den of Horrors'. The man,
who clearly was mentally deranged, had locked up, chained, tortured
and killed a number of women in his basement. When a flashy Philadelphia
criminal defense lawyer took his case, some reporters asked him
why he took the case, given the grisly nature of it. The lawyer
flashed a toothy smile, and quipped, "I've got a hundred-thousand
reasons to". He was referring to the fact that the man, while
deranged, was also a skillful stock investor, and had garnered several
hundred thousand bucks in dividends from trading.
You want to
know the real reasons for this "Showdown with Saddam",
"Countdown to Baghdad", and the like? It is not because,
as the president blithely suggests, "Saddam is a bad man".
Nor is it because, "Saddam tried to kill my Daddy." It's
not because the people of Iraq live under a cruel dictator, and
we got to bring 'em some "democrisy".
The Middle East
has no shortage of dictators, some of whom are Americas 'staunchest
It is not because
Iraq has used chemical weapons against "it's own people."
The Turks, members of NATO and (provisionally) the EU, are ruthless
when it comes to the Kurds, who may not speak their mother tongue,
nor wear their national colors, for fear of government persecution.
(The U.S. 'campaign' for human rights conveniently ignores Turkeys
brutal suppression of their Kurdish minority, and the imprisonment
of Kurdish political prisoners, like Leyla Zana, the first Kurdish
woman elected to the Turkish Parliament. One of her charges was
she was "wearing accessories of yellow, green, and red,"
or traditional Kurdish colors! She is one of 4 Kurdish legislators
imprisoned under such ridiculous charges, but the Bush Regime is
You want to
know the real reason for the war in Iraq?
$87.6 billion reasons! Oil.
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