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Wolfowitz admits war was about oil

Posted by Ed on June 4, 2003

Paul Wolfowitz, US deputy defence secretary and leading neo-con, has admitted (2003-06-06: Guardian has withdrawn article – see correction) that the war on Iraq was about oil. The timing couldn’t be worse for Tony Blair, facing ever-increasing scepticism about the alleged reason for invading Iraq: that it posessed weapons of mass destruction and could deploy them within 45 minutes. According to the Guardian:

Asked why a nuclear power such as North Korea was being treated differently from Iraq, where hardly any weapons of mass destruction had been found, the deputy defence minister said: “Let’s look at it simply. The most important difference between North Korea and Iraq is that economically, we just had no choice in Iraq. The country swims on a sea of oil.”

Obviously, to those of us familiar with the aims and ideas of PNAC (of which Wolfowitz was/is a member), this is not news. A quick glance at their website reveals their desire to secure American global domination for the coming century and beyond, and this of course goes hand in hand with controlling the world’s main energy supplies. But it is still remarkable to hear such a frank (and unapologetic) admission.

What I would really like to know, is what the majority of the British Labour Party that backed the war thinks of this. In a few months time, when the hawks are getting ready for regime change in Iran (they are preparing the ground already), will they stand up and oppose the new imperialism, or will they swallow it all again – hook, line and sinker?

And what about that public inquiry, Tony?


One Response to “Wolfowitz admits war was about oil”

  1. There’s a little problem with this: people have unsettlingly short memories. I have no doubt that the US would be able to perform this whole stunt again, just with another middle-eastern country, and very few people would actually realise that it’s a rerun.

    We’ve discussed a related problem before. The whole story behind the PNAC is just too complex for the terribly simplistic minds of modern human beings.

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