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Friday, June 11, 2004
No War For Oil 

Anti-war protestors have been screaming about wars for oil since the first Gulf War. This claim was also repeated when we overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan; the motivation was to build an oil pipe line from central Asia through Afghanistan and ending in Pakistan. Predictably, the latest war in Iraq was also called a war for oil. The battlecry of the peacenik is "No War For Oil".

Tuesday, we found out the anti-war slogan of "No War For Oil" is accurate:

Iraqi officials declared Tuesday that the interim government has assumed full control of the country's oil industry ahead of the June 30 handover of sovereignty from the U.S.-led occupation administration.

"Today the most important natural resource has been returned to Iraqis to serve all Iraqis," Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. "I'm pleased to announce that full sovereignty and full control on oil industry has been handed over to the oil ministry today and to the new Iraqi government as of today."
Not only are the decisions for Iraq's oil under the full control of the interim government, but control was turned over earlier than expected. Further proof the invasion and occupation of Iraq was no war for oil.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:02 PM

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