Thursday, February 13, 2003

So which countries' positions on the war are "all about oil"?
It would, of course, be nice to have Germany and France and Russia and China with us. But these nations have their own interests, and we certainly shouldn't give them a veto over U.S. policy. It's telling that anti-warniks who are so ready to infer dark U.S. motives in our clash with Saddam -- oil! -- don't mention the real interests that might explain the German and French stands. Oil and other lucrative contracts -- yes, weapons deals -- as well as their large Islamic populations.
This pieceis from David Reinhard, in The Oregonian. Link via Knowledge Problem.

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