â€œPrior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraqâ€™s oil market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973.â€
â€“ Antonia Juhasz, oil industry analyst,Â Al Jazeera.
These are the â€˜best of timesâ€™ forÂ the oil giantsÂ in Iraq.Â Production is up, profits are soaring, and big oil is rolling in dough.Â Hereâ€™s the story from the Wall Street Journal:
â€œIraqâ€™s oil production surged to its highest level in over 30 years last month, surprising skeptics of the countryâ€™s efforts to restore its oil industry after decades of war and neglect.â€Â (Wall Street Journal)
You bet.Â But for those who still cling to the idea that the US was serious about promoting democracy or removing a vicious dictator orÂ eliminating WMD or any of the other kooky excuses, consider what weâ€™ve learned in the last couple weeks. Hereâ€™s the story from Aljazeera:
â€œWhile the US military has formally ended its occupation of Iraq, some of the largest western oil companies, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell, remain.
On November 27, 38 months after Royal Dutch Shell announced its pursuit of a massive gas deal in southern Iraq, the oil giant had its contract signed for a $17bn flared gas deal. Three days later, the US-based energy firm Emerson submitted a bid for a contract to operate at Iraqâ€™s giant Zubair oil field, which reportedly holds some eight million barrels of oil.
Earlier this year, Emerson was awarded a contract to provide crude oil metering systems and other technology for a new oil terminal in Basra, currently under construction in the Persian Gulf, and the company is installing control systems in the power stations in Hilla and Kerbala. Iraqâ€™s supergiant Rumaila oil field is already being developed by BP, and the other supergiant reserve, Majnoon oil field, is being developed by Royal Dutch Shell. Both fields are in southern Iraq.â€ (â€œWestern oil firms remain as US exits Iraqâ€, Dahr Jamail, Aljazeera.)
If it sounds like the big boys are dividing the spoils among themselves; itâ€™s because they are. Exxon, BP, Shell; theyâ€™re all here. They all have their contracts in hand, and theyâ€™re all drilling their brains out thanks to the American servicemen and women who gave their lives for some trumped up baloney about WMD. Isnâ€™t that whatâ€™s going on?
Sure it is. And even nowâ€“after all the reasons for going to war have been exposed as liesâ€“the farce continues. Nothing has changed. Nothing. Thereâ€™s still no talk of reparations, no official investigation, no indictments, no prosecutions, no trials, no penalties, no nothing. Not even a stinking apology. Just a big â€œup yoursâ€ Iraq. Weâ€™re way too important to apologize for killing a million of your people and reducing your five thousand year old civilization to a pile of rubble.Â Instead, weâ€™ll just screw you some more and paper it over with a little public relations, like Obama did a couple weeks ago when he promised to â€œleave behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its peopleâ€.
Oh yeah. Obamaâ€™sÂ all about sovereignty and stability, everyone knows that.Â Thatâ€™s why Baghdad is the terror capital of the world, because Obamaâ€™s so committed to security.
These PR blurbs are effective though, they provide the necessary cover for leaving enough troops behind to protect the oil installations and pipelines.Â Thatâ€™s the kind of security Obama cares about. Security for the oiligarchs and their stolen property.Â Everyone else can fend for themselves, which is why Baghdad is such a bloody mess.Â Hereâ€™s more from Aljazeera:
â€œPrior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraqâ€™s oil market,â€ oil industry analyst Antonia Juhasz told Al Jazeera. â€œBut thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and producing oil there for the first time since being forced out of the country in 1973.â€ (Aljazeera)
Yeah, thanks for that invasion, Mr. Bush. We couldnâ€™t have done it without you, guy. Hope you have a great retirement painting pictures of poodles and stuff while people continue to get blown to pieces in the terrorist Hellhole you created. Hereâ€™s more Al Jazeera:
â€œJuhasz, author of the books The Tyranny of Oil and The Bush Agenda, said that while US and other western oil companies have not yet received all they had hoped the US-led invasion of Iraq would bring them, â€œTheyâ€™ve certainly done quite well for themselves, landing production contracts for some of the worldâ€™s largest remaining oil fields under some of the worldâ€™s most lucrative terms.â€
Dr Abdulhay Yahya Zalloum, an international oil consultant and economist â€¦(said) he believes western oil companies have successfully acquired the lionsâ€™ share of Iraqâ€™s oil, â€œbut they gave a little piece of the cake for China and some of the other countries and companies to keep them silentâ€. (Aljazeera)
How do you like that? These guys operate just like the Mafia. The Bossman pays off China with a few million barrels, and China keeps its mouth shut. Nice. Everyone gets â€œtheir cutâ€ so they donâ€™t go blabbing to the media about the ripoff thatâ€™s taking place in broad daylight. The stench of corruption is overpowering.
And hereâ€™s something else you wonâ€™t see in the media. In a White House press release,Â the Obama administration announced that they would continue to support Iraqâ€™s â€œefforts to develop the energy sectorâ€ in orderÂ to â€œhelp boost Iraqâ€™s oil production.â€â€¦.
According to Assim Jihad, spokesman for Iraqâ€™s ministry of oil, â€œIraq has a goal of raising its oil production capacity to 12m bpd by 2017, which would place it in the top echelon of global producers.â€ (Aljazeera)
â€œ12 million barrels-per-day by 2017â€³?
That makes this the biggest petroleum heist in history. And weâ€™re supposed to believe that the oil bigwigs didnâ€™t know anything about this before the war? What a crock! Iâ€™ll bet you even money the CEOs and their lackeys figured out that Saudi Arabia was running out of gas, so they decided to pick up stakes and move their operations to good old Mesopotamia. Thatâ€™s whyÂ they put their money on Bush and Cheney, because they knew that two former oil men would do the heavy lifting once they got shoehorned into the White House.Â The whole thing was a set-up from the get-go, right down to the 5 shady Supremes who suspended the voting in Florida and crownedÂ Bush emperor in 2000. The whole thing was probably mapped out years in advance.
Big oil runs everything in America. People talk about the power of Wall Street and Israel, but oil is still king. They run it all, and they own it all. And â€œwhat they say, goes.â€Â Hereâ€™s more:
â€œJuhasz explained that ExxonMobil, BP and Shell were among the oil companies that â€œplayed the most aggressive roles in lobbying their governments to ensure that the invasion would result in an Iraq open to foreign oil companiesâ€.
They succeeded,â€ she added. â€œThey are all back in.â€ (Aljazeera)
Hooray. Big oil wins again, and all it cost was a million or so Iraqis who got blown to bits air raids or shot up at checkpoints, or beaten to death with a rubber hose at Abu Ghraib or any of the other democracy reeducation centersÂ that dot the countryside. But, hey, look at the bright side: At least production is up, right? Can you see how sick this is? Hereâ€™s more:
â€œUnder the current circumstances, the possibility of a withdrawal of western oil companies from Iraq appears remote, and the Obama administration continues to pressure Baghdad to pass the Iraq Oil Law.â€ (Aljazeera)
And what is the â€œIraq Oil Lawâ€, you ask?
Itâ€™s a way to privatize the oil market using Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) which disproportionately benefit the corporations.Â Obamaâ€™s a big backer of the law since it means even heftier profits for his thieving Â friends.Â In other words, the humongous profits theyâ€™re already skimming off arenâ€™t quite good enough. They want more. They want to own the whole shooting match lock, stock and barrel.
This is really an outrage. What other country behaves like this?
No one. No other country in the world goes out and kills a million people, destroys their country, and leaves them to scrape by on next to nothing just so they can pad the bank accounts of voracious plutocrats have more dough than they know what to do with. No one else would even dare to act like that for fear that theyâ€™d get bombed into annihilation by the worldâ€™s biggest bullyboy, the US of A.Â Only the US can get away with this type of crap, because the US is a law unto itself.
Iraq was the Cradle of Civilization. Now itâ€™s the cradle of shit. The US decimated Iraq; blew it to bits, bombed its industries, its bridges, its schools, its hospitals, leveled its cities, polluted its water, spread diseases everywhere, killed its kids,Â pitted brother against brother,Â Â and transformed a vibrant, unique country into a dysfunctional cesspit run by opportunists, gangsters, and fanatics.
And, hereâ€™s the corker:Â No one gives a rip. Face it: No one gives a flying fu** about Iraq. The American people lost interest long ago, the politicians canâ€™t be bothered, and the UN is too afraid of the US to lift a finger to help. Theyâ€™d rather stamp their feet and scold Putin over Crimea than utter a peep about the genocide in Iraq.Â Thatâ€™s the state of things today, right?Â No accountability for the men who started the war, and no justice for the victims. Just the infrequent (phony) pronouncement of support from the White House or the all-too-frequent sectarian bombing that leaves an untold number of civilians dead or wounded. This is all the US leaves behind; hatred, death and destruction.
Hereâ€™s a clip from a poem by Iraqi writer who wants readers to take a minute and think about all the suffering the United States has created. The poem is titled â€œFlying Kitesâ€:
â€œCome and see our overflowing morgues and find our little ones for usâ€¦
You may find them in this corner or the other, a little hand poking out, pointing out at youâ€¦
Come and search for them in the rubble of your â€œsurgicalâ€ air raids, you may find a little leg or a little headâ€¦pleading for your attention.
Come and see them amassed in the garbage dumps, scavenging morsels of foodâ€¦
Come and seeÂ our little ones, under-nourished or dying from disease. Cholera, dysentery, infectionsâ€¦
Come and see, comeâ€¦.â€Â (â€œFlying Kitesâ€ Layla Anwar)
A million people were killed so a few rich fu**ers could get even richer. Thatâ€™s a hell of a legacy.