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Is the war with Iraq about oil when all is said and done The anti-war movement seems to think so I am not so sure Unless the peace movement has discovered telepathy I dont think that its in any better position to divine the hidden thoughts or motivations of George Bush and Tony Blair than I am Arguing about motives that have not been stated therefore is a waste of time - claims cannot be proven or disproven Is it so difficult to imagine that both Bush and Blair sincerely believe - rightly or wrongly - that a well-armed Iraq poses an intolerable danger to the civilized world If access to oil were of concern to them one might have expected members of their administrations to hint as much After all the Thatcher and Bush senior administrations were quite open about the role that oil played in justifying the first go-around in Kuwait Polls in the United States revealed at the time moreover that the public responded favourably to the argument Why the supposed reticence now Regardless its difficult to know exactly whats being alleged when one is confronted by the slogan No Blood for Oil If the argument is that war is primarily being executed to ensure global access to Iraqi oil reserves then it flounders upon misunderstanding The only thing preventing Iraqi oil from entering the world market in force is the partial UN embargo on Iraqi exports Surely if access to Iraqi oil were the issue it would have occurred to Bush and Blair that removing the embargo is about 100 billion dollars cheaper - and less politically risky - than going to war If the argument were that war is being undertaken to grab Iraqi reserves flood the market with oil bust the OPEC cartel and provide cheap energy to western consumers then war would be a dagger pointed at the heart of big oil
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