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Smell of Rotten Fruit

Reported by Eleanor - September 23, 2004 -

For an enlightening article about oil, read "Crude Dudes" by Linda McQuaig from the Toronto Star. An excerpt below captures the gist of it:

"There's something almost obscene about a map that was studied by senior Bush administration officials and a select group of oil company executives meeting in secret in the spring of 2001. It doesn't show the kind of detail normally shown on maps - cities, towns, regions. Rather its detail is all about Iraq's oil."

"Nestled into the heart of the area of heaviest oil concentration in the world is Iraq, overflowing with low-hanging fruit. No permafrost, no deep water. Just giant pools of oil, right beneath the warm ground. This is fruit sagging so low, as it were, that it practically touches the ground under the weight of its ripeness."

"But we're supposed to believe that, as the Bush administration assessed its options just before invading Iraq in the spring of 2003, the advantages of securing vast, untapped oil fields - in order to guarantee U.S. energy security in a world of dwindling reserves and to enable U.S. oil companies to reap untold riches - were far from mind. What really mattered to those in the White House, we're told, was liberating the people of Iraq."

When "U.S. oil companies just happened to have billions of dollars they wanted to invest in undeveloped oil reserves,"
what better place than Iraq?

See Crude Dudes for the complete story.