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February 01, 2005

I AM NOT PARANOID!

Like many of my fellow nonfamousi I have been against this war in Iraq and the policies of the Bush Administration (both at home and abroad). I and others here have been saying, all along, that this war was about OIL - primarily the unfettered access of US oil companies to Iraqi oil fields and through Iraq into the Caspian Basin.

I don't care how many different reasons the neo-cons funnel through their mouthpiece in the oval office. The one and only reason we went to war in Iraq was OIL.

And now, it turns out that the neo-cons are about to be rewarded for all of the innocent blood that they have shed. Please read this article by Antonia Juhasz.

"On Dec. 22, 2004, Iraqi Finance Minister Abdel Mahdi told a handful of reporters and industry insiders at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that Iraq wants to issue a new oil law that would open Iraq's national oil company to private foreign investment. As Mahdi explained: "So I think this is very promising to the American investors and to American enterprise, certainly to oil companies."

In other words, Mahdi is proposing to privatize Iraq's oil and put it into American corporate hands.

According to the finance minister, foreigners would gain access both to "downstream" and "maybe even upstream" oil investment. This means foreigners can sell Iraqi oil and own it under the ground — the very thing for which many argue the U.S. went to war in the first place."

If this doesn't get you just a little outraged over the lack of reporting in our "liberal" media, then I don't know what you are doing on this site. I mean, for pity's sake, he announced this at the freaking National Press Club! Where is the Fourth Estate? Oh, yeah, they're sucking on the corporate teat that owns their journalistic integrity.

"It turns out that Abdel Mahdi is running in the Jan. 30 elections on the ticket of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution (SCIR), the leading Shiite political party. While announcing the selling-off of the resource which provides 95 percent of all Iraqi revenue may not garner Mahdi many Iraqi votes, but it will unquestionably win him tremendous support from the U.S. government and U.S. corporations.

Mahdi's SCIR is far and away the front-runner in the upcoming elections, particularly as it becomes increasingly less possible for Sunnis to vote because the regions where they live are spiraling into deadly chaos. If Bush were to suggest to Iraq’s Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi that elections should be called off, Mahdi and the SCIR's ultimate chances of victory will likely decline.

Thus, one might argue that the Bush administration has made a deal with the SCIR: Iraq's oil for guaranteed political power. The Americans are able to put forward such a bargain because Bush still holds the strings in Iraq."

So, were the elections in Iraq a victory for democracy or American oil companies? I refuse to believe that elections held under the security conditions in Iraq were either free or fair. I think the Iraqi people have been sold down the river by their economic elite to a corrupt American oligarchy of industrial interests and the downpayment was made in blood.

Posted by terry at February 1, 2005 11:04 AM | TrackBack
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OK - Daily Kos covered this on the 19th of January.

While I admire the work Kos and crew do on their site - they are not CBS/NBC/ABC or CNN/MSNBC, etc.

Also covered in Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1224-05.htm

Glad we have an alternative press but I think it is time that the average citizen started puching for better and more complete coverage from the broadcasters and the cable biggies. ARRRGH!

Posted by: terry on February 1, 2005 11:37 AM
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