05 July, 2007

When our governments steal oil this violent act make all of us unsafe

Since I uploaded this post there has been further discussion on the topic:

All about oil ? - repost By jquiggin | July 6, 2007 http://johnquiggin.com/index.php/archives/2007/07/06/all-about-oil-repost/#more-3597

A worthy read. You decide who to believe - not John Howard's spin doctors.

Dear Prime Minister,

For years your Government has adopted the Bush administration's Iraq policy as our own, even as that policy has repeatedly failed. With Australian troops still at risk and the situation in Iraq deteriorating, Australia urgently needs an independent Iraq policy.

We ask that you announce a plan for a new way forward, including a clearly defined exit strategy for Australia in Iraq.

*Petition updated as of February 15, 2007


I thought going to war in Iraq was supposed to make us safer, not put us in more danger. And now we're hearing it was for their oil. Some of you may have seen me ask John Howard from my hospital bed whether he thought what happened to me was a result of the war in Iraq.

I did not think then that two years later we would be still be in this position, where I feel compelled to ask Mr Howard the same question. Yet here we are - our military presence is not making the Iraqis any safer; it is not making Australians any safer. Why, exactly, are we there then?

Louise Barry

Survivor, 2005 London Bombings

GetUp member

Howard, Bush stand firm on Iraq timeline, Reporter: Jim Middleton http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2005/s1418872.htm

Bomb victim grills PM Howard in new TV ad http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,22027003-1702,00.html

Howard links Iraq war to oil, Brendan Nicholson | July 5, 2007 http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/articles/2007/07/04/1183351327508.html

Well, Brendan Nelson also knows why Australian troops were used to illegally invade and occupy Iraq:

Nelson: Oil a factor in Iraq deployment, July 5, 2007 - 10:50AM http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/howard-links-iraq-war-to-oil/2007/07/04/1183351291906.html

Speaking this morning, Dr Nelson said oil was among the reasons to keep troops in Iraq.

"Energy security is extremely important to all nations throughout the world, and of course, in protecting and securing Australia's interests," he said.

"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."

Govt splits on Iraq war oil link


My comment:

These pernicious politicians should look straight into the eyes of soldiers who risk their lives and tell them that they are asked to do this so that we can drive cars without paying for the petrol we use. How many would agree to fight if they knew it was to enable us to steal the oil that belongs to the people of Iraq on whom we have heaped nothing but misery and destruction. John Howard and his cohort are unfit for public office. He and George W Bush and Tony Blair should be tried as war criminals.

Iraq: Growing opposition to oil law


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