The Lady Speaks

End This War!

I found this graphic over at Tennessee Guerilla Women:

And it’s wrong. One hundred and forty-four Pennsylvanians have been killed in Iraq.

Pennsylvania is ranks third in number of deaths, behind California and Texas respectively.

And (just ask El Chimperor) the war really, honestly, and truly had nothing to do with oil.

Really. Honestly. Truly. Because, y’know, Chimpy&Friends said this wasn’t about oil, and we know that when Mr. McFlightSuit says something that means….oh, wait.

From the UK’s Independent:

Iraq’s massive oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are about to be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies under a controversial law which is expected to come before the Iraqi parliament within days.

The US government has been involved in drawing up the law, a draft of which has been seen by The Independent on Sunday. It would give big oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude and allow the first large-scale operation of foreign oil interests in the country since the industry was nationalised in 1972.

[snip]

Supporters say the provision allowing oil companies to take up to 75 per cent of the profits will last until they have recouped initial drilling costs. After that, they would collect about 20 per cent of all profits, according to industry sources in Iraq. But that is twice the industry average for such deals.

[snip]

James Paul, executive director at the Global Policy Forum, the international government watchdog, said: “It is not an exaggeration to say that the overwhelming majority of the population would be opposed to this. To do it anyway, with minimal discussion within the [Iraqi] parliament is really just pouring more oil on the fire.”

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January 8, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Cheney, Civil War, Government, Iraq, Lobbyists, Middle East, Oil, Pennsylvania, Pentagon, Protest, Rumsfeld, State Dept, US Military, Veterans, War, White House

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