"The Iraq war was about oil. Recently declassified US government documents confirm this, however much US president George W Bush, vice-president Dick Cheney, defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and their ally, the British prime minister Tony Blair, denied it at the time ... The neocon ideologues, still on the scene, had bizarre ideas: they wanted to build a pipeline to transport Iraq’s crude oil to Israel, dismantle OPEC and even use “liberated” Iraq as a guinea pig for a new oil business model to be applied to all of the Middle East ... The occupiers regarded the oil under the ground as Iraq’s one real asset ... The usual practice is for foreign companies that provide financial backing to get a share of the oil produced, which can be very significant in the first few years. This was the formula US politicians and oil companies wanted to impose. They were unable to do so. Iraq’s parliament, so often criticised in other matters, opposed this system ... Iraq’s oil deposits were known and mapped out. There was therefore little risk to foreign companies: there would be no prospecting costs and exploitation costs would be among the lowest in the world. From 2008 onwards, Baghdad started offering major oil companies far less attractive contracts — $2/barrel for the bigger oilfields, and no rights to the deposits. ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Total, and Russian, Chinese, Angolan, Pakistani and Turkish oil companies nevertheless rushed to accept, hoping that things would turn to their advantage ... ExxonMobil and Total disregarded the federal government edict that threatened to strip rights from oil companies that signed production-sharing agreements relating to oilfields in Kurdistan ... Meanwhile, Turkey has done nothing to improve its relations with Iraq by offering to build a direct pipeline from Kurdistan to the Mediterranean. Without the war, would the oil companies have been able to make the Iraqis and Kurds compete?"

Zum Artikel von Jean-Pierre Séréni, erschienen im Monde Diplomatique (6. März 2013) »

Anmerkung: Es sei an dieser Stelle im Rahmen der aktuellen, terroristischen und vom sogenannten "Westen" unterstützten Destabilisierungsversuche Syriens auf die geplante Pipelinetrasse vom Irak und insbesondere der Autonomen Region Kurdistan zum Mittelmeer bzw. Israel hingewiesen.