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Researchers have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought - oil is often the reason for interfering in another country's war.
Throughout recent history, countries which need oil have found reasons to interfere in countries with a good supply of it and, the researchers argue, this could help explain the US interest in ISIS in northern Iraq.
Researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex modelled the decision-making process of third-party countries in interfering in civil wars and examined their economic motives.
They found that the decision to interfere was dominated by the interveners' need for oil over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.
Dr Bove said: "Before the ISIS forces approached the oil-rich Kurdish north of Iraq, ISIS was barely mentioned in the news. But once ISIS got near oil fields, the siege of Kobani in Syria became a headline and the US sent drones to strike ISIS targets.
"We don't claim that our findings can be applied to every decision made on whether to intervene in another country's war, but the results clearly demonstrate supply of and demand for oil motivates a significant number of decisions taken to intervene in civil wars in the post-World War II period.
originally posted by: DAVID64
I don't know which is more scary - that they're just now figuring this out or they're finally admitting it. It's satisfying and annoying to see something you've known for years, confirmed by the media. It's gotten so obvious even they have to see it.
originally posted by: guitarplayer
the US has surpassed the mid east in oil production so why are we still there certainly it is not for the oil.
a reply to: Cabin
May 11-13, 1973 – Saltsjobaden, Sweden
I. The possibilities of the development of a European energy policy, and the consequences of European-North American
II. Conflicting expectations concerning the European Security Conference.
public inteligence . net / Bilderberg Participants list 1973
Iraq from 1988 to 1990, pre-Gulf War, is an excellent example I use all the time.