Well, DUH

// July 5th, 2007 // Blog

BBC News: Australia 'has Iraq oil interest'

Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq.

In comments to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Nelson admitted that the supply of oil had influenced Australia's strategic planning in the region. “Obviously the Middle East itself, not only Iraq but the entire region, is an important supplier of energy, oil in particular, to the rest of the world,” he said.

“Australians and all of us need to think what would happen if there were a premature withdrawal from Iraq.

“It's in our interests, our security interests, to make sure that we leave the Middle East, and leave Iraq in particular, in a position of sustainable security.”

But Prime Minister John Howard was quick to play down the significance of his defence minister's comments.

“We didn't go there because of oil and we don't remain there because of oil,” he told a local radio station.

“A lot of oil comes from the Middle East – we all know that – but the reason we remain there is that we want to give the people of Iraq a possibility of embracing democracy,” he added.

Emphasis mine… and what an emphasis. When i read that statement, i couldn't help but shout “BULLSHHHH…..” – believe me, it took me ALL my strength not to finish that word.

But, in the end, who cares? Do we really need them telling us what is so clearly obvious? How many people have actually been sucked in by this whole “democracy” argument? I am one of the most politically naive individuals i know, yet even I smelt the oil-soaked rat, way back when this whole nightmare-of-a-war was being proposed.

It's just plain insulting to make such an admission, while having no plans to move troops out of the area in the near future. I would have had more respect for all the parties involved, if they went in stating their true oil-motivated intentions, rather than letting them slip in a PR blunder, years later. All this “democracy” carp (sp intentional) is so patronizing, and disgusting.

Manas congratulated Australia*; i feel like giving them a slap around the face, with a wet fish.

*in his defense, i just learnt that he was being sarcastic… thank God!

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