You are obviously very ignorant and/or blinded by your hate of America.
himself. Not for the well being of his people. So now , yes foreign
make some money. The difference is 1) they will be US companies instead of
infrastructure of Iraq.
So quit trying to say that the US is there to "steal" the oil. It is just a
lie. If you believe it you are ignorant.
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It is a huge mystery.
Before the War in Iraq the Anti War Coalition, The Democrats in the US, the
Left wing of the Labour Party and the whole of the Liberal-Democrat Party in
Britain all said that this was a 'War for Oil.'
But months have gone by and there has been no sign of the stolen Oil.
Gas/Petrol is still high at the pumps, there seem to be no Oil Tankers
sailing into New York or London loaded down with Iraqi Oil.
So where is the stolen Oil?
From your many many daily posts in the past I know that you are an
extreme example of ignorance. You always support the American or
Israeli government, no matter what violence they concoct and no matter
what new lies they provide for continued oppression and occupation.
You are biased, Jewish and very uneducated.
You have no idea what kind of treasure 110 billion barrels of proven
reserves and another 220 billion of probable reserves (according to
our Department of Energy) is. US and UK oil companies were there up
till 1972. You think they don't have all the oil data from the past
and all the new data pillaged this year from the Iraqi oil ministry,
the only ministry the US military was told to save?
330 billion barrels of reserves means tremendous geo-political power
and profits, for many decades to come. We know where these profits
will go. The occupiers pump the oil, get the money, use it the first
years for reconstruction and of course to pay American, yes
American!!!!!, companies to do all that work. That is not recycling
Iraqi oil into American coffers?
On longer terms reconstruction will be forgotten, and larger and
larger profits will be diverted to US and UK oil companies.
Please read the following analysis - the robbers may not succeed that
And I agree with Avnery: The stupid neocons, ideologues and gangsters
in and around the White House do not yet admit what quagmire they got
They launched the attack mainly for the oil, that's why they will want
to stay, with several military bases, with regular bombardments and
raids whenever needed, and the slow bleeding will continue for many
And many more Iraqis will have to die.
The Americans invaded Iraq in order to remain there
By Uri Avnery
19 December 2003
The spectacle was disgusting.
"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad
he stumbleth, lest the Lord see it, and it displeaseth Him, and He
His wrath from him!" Thus commandeth the ancient Jewish moral code
(Proverbs, 24, 16).
The writer of this warning knew, of course, that every person tends to
when his enemy falls. But he wanted to point out that this is an ugly
trait and one should try to overcome it.
And now a mighty world power has sunk to this level. It is repeatedly
displaying the spectacle of American soldiers looking for lice in the
of a miserable Saddam and poking about among his teeth.
If it is possible at all to evoke pity for a man like Saddam, who is
responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands, the Americans have
achieved this. By showing him off as a drugged tramp, they created the
opposite effect from what they wanted. The Vatican has called for
public humiliation of an Arab leader, whatever one may think about
evokes the deepest feelings of insult and fury among tens of millions
Arabs. These feelings will strive to express themselves violently.
cost blood, much blood.
(Not long ago, the United States cried to high heaven when the Iraqis
off some American prisoners. But there are apparently no mirrors in
The childish stories about the tremendous success of the American army
intelligence agencies are ridiculous. It is fairly certain that this
simply a case of a paid informer.
A trained eye could easily detect how the "spontaneous" outbursts of
were staged: here a small group waving the flag of the Communist
there a few dozen people jumping like monkeys for the cameras -
same people who were jumping a year ago for the cameras of Saddam. Two
"journalists" producing a raucous show at the carefully staged press
conference of the American general. When Winston Churchill won a
war, he did not behave like George W. Bush. No Winston he.
I have not written about Iraq in this column since the end of "major
hostilities". I checked myself. I know that it is neither nice nor
say "I told you so". But it is very hard to write about Iraq without
these four words, since almost all the predictions of this column
The Americans invaded Iraq in order to remain there
They did not invade because of "international terror". Nor because of
"weapons of mass destruction". It's the oil that drew them there.
The aim of the United States was not to topple Saddam and go home, but
create a permanent American military base in the Arab world, in a
that has the second largest proven oil reserves in the world and is
located within easy reach of the oil riches of Saudi Arabia and the
Now that is already quite clear. Saddam had no connections at all with
Bin-Laden. The "weapons of mass destruction" do not exist. The
have simply changed the reasons for the war after the event. ("First
war, than find a reason.") Now it is all about eliminating Saddam and
bringing democracy to Iraq.
Good. But Saddam has been eliminated - and the Americans are not
home. Elections could be held at once. But the Americans refuse. They
to keep their marionettes in place, so they can invite the Americans
forever. The American occupation will last a long, long time. It is
means. It is the aim.
The toppling of Saddam will not be the end of the war. It will only be
This forecast is now being confirmed in the most extreme fashion. No
resigns itself to foreign occupation. Occupation breeds resistance.
advancing Israelis were welcomed as liberators, because they drove the
Palestinians out. A few months later they were being shot at from all
because they did not go home. After 18 years and a thousand soldiers
they escaped under the cover of darkness "with their tail between
The Americans cannot absorb this simple lesson. They do not look upon
themselves as occupiers but as liberators who came to do good by the
people. They are convinced that the Iraqis are grateful and love them.
consoled themselves with a legend they invented: it is not Iraqi and
freedom fighters who are attacking the occupation army and its
collaborators, but die-hard henchmen of the evil Saddam.
But now the evil Saddam has been caught, and it appears that he had no
possibility at all of directing operations from his spider-hole. The
of Saddam must mark the end of the legend about his die-hard
Iraq finds itself now in a classic colonial situation: a foreign
is robbing the natives of their natural resources. Resistance groups
staging violent attacks, with a large part of the population
Two hundred years ago such groups defeated the mighty Napoleon in
that time, the term "guerrilla" (little war) was coined.
What will happen now? It's all so predictable: reacting to the
the resistance, the occupation will become ever more brutal. That will
increase the support of the population for the guerrillas, and so
vicious circle so well known to Israelis. That's how it happened in
That's how it is happening now in the occupied Palestinian
The public humiliation of the defeated leader will only accelerate the
A vanquished Saddam will be more dangerous than a victorious Saddam
The question arises: what to do with the prisoner?
The Americans have already said what they intend to do: hand him over
their Iraqi servants, so that he can be tried and executed in Iraq.
That would be a first-class blunder.
Nobody will believe in the fairness of such a trial. There is no way
could be fair, because in a fair trial Saddam would use the public
to make his own accusations and reach out to hundreds of millions of
and other Muslims.
The best thing would have been to let him escape to the Fiji islands,
to live out his life quietly, like Idi Amin in Saudi Arabia. But
needs the ongoing humiliation of Saddam for his re-election campaign.
The only reasonable way out now is to transfer Saddam to The Hague. In
eyes of the world, he is entitled to the same treatment as another
mass murderer, Slobodan Milosevic. If he is treated differently, every
Muslim will rightly suspect that there is a double standard: one for a
Christian European leader, one for a Muslim Arab one.
But Bush will not be satisfied until the body of Saddam is hanging in
public square in Baghdad - perhaps the same square where his statue
before it was toppled in a carefully staged TV spectacle.
The talk about bringing democracy to Iraq is hypocritical nonsense
In order to safeguard their occupation, the Americans need a
local regime. To use a World War II term: they need Quislings.
When the British created the Iraqi state as their protectorate, they
Emir Faisal, a scion of the Hashemite family from Mecca. In order to
Iraq as their own protectorate, the Americans must crown their own
If truly democratic elections were held, the American agents would be
out in no time - if they were not lynched first. That is self-evident.
Therefore, there will be no really democratic elections.
Generally speaking, democracy cannot be "brought" anywhere. It cannot
implanted in a different society with a different culture, as if it
tree. And, in any case, a tree needs fertile soil.
Western democracy has grown organically over the centuries, from the
community to the national parliament. To implant it by force in Iraqi
society, which is based on the tribe and the extended family
on different concepts and traditions, is a hopeless pursuit.
What happened to Western democracy when it was implanted in Japan? The
forms are in place, the reality is quite different. What is happening
Western democracy in Russia? Ask any Russian, and he will burst out
Iraq will disintegrate
When we said it a year ago, it looked like wild speculation. Today it
Only a brutal dictator like Saddam was able to hold the package
Before the 1958 revolution, the British colonialists did it. In a
regime, there is no chance.
A simple fact: the Shi'as have a majority. They will rule. There is no
chance at all that they would institute a benevolent regime, after
long oppression by the Sunnis. There is no chance that the Sunnis in
Iraq, who despise the Shi'as, would accept their supremacy. There is
chance that the Kurds in the north, who have always fought for their
independence, would accept Arab rule - neither by Shi's nor by fellow
Sunnis. They hardly accept their fellow Kurds.
The Americans can prevent the disintegration of Iraq only by
occupation regime, open or disguised. They could also set up an
structure, a sham federation, in which Iraq would consist of three
autonomous parts. But that would be sheer make-believe.
When Iraq will cease to exist for practical purposes, a new balance of
will come about. For centuries Iraq has served as the eastern wall of
Arab world, a barrier against Iran - which has never forgotten the
Cyrus, when it was the regional power. The fall of this wall will
geopolitical situation in the entire region, which includes Israel.
The implosion of Iraq will be the signal for general anarchy: the Arab
will be in turmoil, Islamic fundamentalism will threaten all Arab
the border between Turkey and the Kurdish Iraqi state will heat up,
Israel and Iran a nuclear balance of terror may or may not hold,
"international terror" will turn from legend to reality.
Since it is neither nice nor wise to say "I told you so," I will
Uri Avnery is an Israeli journalist, writer and peace activist.
© Uri Avnery