For a year, the antiwar crowd had told us it was “all about oil”--that the only reason Iraq was being “liberated” was so Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and the rest of the gang could annex in perpetuity the second biggest oil reserves in the world. But, if it was all about oil, then the fact--fact--is that the only Western leader with a direct stake in the issue was not the Texas oilpatch stooge in Washington, but Jean Chrétien: his daughter, his son-in-law and his grandchildren stood to be massively enriched by the Total-Saddam agreement [acquiring “development rights to 25 per cent of Iraq’s oil reserves”]. It depended on two factors: Saddam remaining in power, and the feeble UN sanctions being either weakened into meaninglessness or quietly dropped.Observant Ovation to the New Sisyphus.
Monday, February 21, 2005
"No War" for Oil
Today, we observe Mark Steyn's observant observation on the Canadian government's opposition to removing Saddam: