Monday, January 08, 2007

Ya, But.....

......How Will Kenny Boy Get His Now?

Naw, it was never about the oil:

Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson & Tim Webb
The Independent, 07 Jan, 2007

Iraq's massive oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are about to be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies under a controversial law which is expected to come before the Iraqi parliament within days.

The US government has been involved in drawing up the law, a draft of which has been seen by The Independent on Sunday. It would give big oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude and allow the first large-scale operation of foreign oil interests in the country since the industry was nationalised in 1972.

The huge potential prizes for Western firms will give ammunition to critics who say the Iraq war was fought for oil. They point to statements such as one from Vice-President Dick Cheney, who said in 1999, while he was still chief executive of the oil services company Halliburton, that the world would need an additional 50 million barrels of oil a day by 2010. "So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies," he said.


Proposing the parliamentary motion for war in 2003, Tony Blair denied the "false claim" that "we want to seize" Iraq's oil revenues. He said the money should be put into a trust fund, run by the UN, for the Iraqis, but the idea came to nothing. The same year Colin Powell, then Secretary of State, said: "It cost a great deal of money to prosecute this war. But the oil of the Iraqi people belongs to the Iraqi people; it is their wealth, it will be used for their benefit. So we did not do it for oil."


Several major oil companies are said to have sent teams into the country in recent months to lobby for deals ahead of the law, though the big names are considered unlikely to invest until the violence in Iraq abates.

Yup, sure wouldn't want to be subjected to any violence or anything when you're stealing an entire nation's only possible shot at a decent, independent future.

But, hey!

Just had a thought.

Keny Boy Lay and Enron may be dead, but that doesn't mean that Bush Ranger Bobby Kinder and The Boys From Carlyle can't make a bundle building pipelines to from Anbar to Castlegar.


Sister provinces.

That's the ticket.

After all, our own Kinder-Morgan lovin' LINO's would probably love the Green Zone at Christmas time, especially given the fact that environmental laws, not to mention DUI's, are rumoured to be completely non-existent there.



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