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Saturday, February 24, 2007

For Shame

Oh, the shame of it all. Over half a century since Marine General Smedley D. Butler wrote War is a Racket, we are continuing with our "apple pie" tradition of using the American taxpayers' subsidy of corporate interests, through the bloody application of military might:
...A proposed new Iraqi oil and gas law began circulating last week among that country's top government leaders and was quickly leaked to various Internet sites - before it has even been presented to the Iraqi parliament.

Under the proposed law, Iraq's immense oil reserves would not simply be opened to foreign oil exploration, as many had expected. Amazingly, executives from those companies would actually be given seats on a new Federal Oil and Gas Council that would control all of Iraq's reserves.

In other words, Chevron, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum and the other Western oil giants could end up on the board of directors of the Iraqi Federal Oil and Gas Council, while Iraq's own national oil company would become just another competitor...

God damn us all.

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