Originally posted by Pfeil
With Saddam gone more of the oil wealth will reach the poeple and help improve the nation as a whole.
I sort of doubt this. We opened up the oil fields to companies that Saddam would not let in by getting rid of him. That oil will now be extracted
and sold, and some portion of the profits WILL go to the Iraqui government that we helped put in place to ensure that Iraq is now an open source for
"capitalism" to work its magic.
And, I am sure some of the money the Iraqi government receives from the sale of Iraqs oil will trickle out into the economy and benefit the people,
but the question is, how much benefit will they receive, and will it be more than they had under Saddam, and WOULD have had under another Iraqi leader
chosen by the Iraqi people without our interference?
I think what has happened in Nigeria is a pretty good example of the kind of "democracy" corporations prefer. A leadership that takes its cut of
the money gained by oil companies and then acts as a security force against its own native people to protect the corporations interests over that of
the its people.
Under Saddam, the people had a certain lifestyle, which was not extravagant, but like you say, there were crushing sanctions over Iraq for quite a
long time. However, most of that oil was still sitting there, like money in the bank. Now what will happen, and I will bet on it, is that the Iraqi
people will be restored more or less to what they had with Saddam, (and not much more) and their oil will be extracted and make the oil companies
rich, and the leaders who protect oil interests rich. So the people themselves will be left with what they already had, minus the "bank account" of
oil that lay beneath their soil.
And, there will be continual civil disquiet (even if outright civil war is kept in check) because there will always be rebel groups that know the oil
is being stolen from them to make "infidels" rich at their expense and so the Iraqis will have to tolerate that as well.
The US asking to be paid for tearing apart Iraq and killing so many of its people when the reason we claimed we did it has now been proven false by
everyone, (And admitted false by Bush himself) is incredibly tasteless.
If we are going to be looking for a piece of the action, we should go to the people who are benefiting from our actions and get that money from them.
In other words, if we have done anyone a favor that needs to be repayed it is the oil companies we have benefited not the Iraqis. Our leaders just
know if they are seen taking the money directly from the oil companies it will be too obvious that the problem with Saddam was that he was sitting on
too valuable a resource and not letting the big money players get a cut. Our leaders can admit they made a "mistake" but they dont want to have to
admit it was never a mistake at all, but rather that they were acting as the thugs for big oil execs. That might get a rise out of even nice
So instead, they are going to have to go in the back door to get their cut of the action, by going to the puppet government of Iraq and being paid for
"saving" them from Saddam. Its a crock of crap if you ask me.
Not that Saddam was not an asshat. He was. But we like asshats as long as they let the corporate interests do their thing. What got him in trouble
was that he wasnt playing ball with the big guys. Not what he did to his people or even Kuwait.