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Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New by Garry Leech

By Garry Leech

First and foremost of the twenty first century, a brand new global ailment is rising within which battles over assets are enjoying an more and more well known function. the significance of oil to this photograph is underscored by means of the unilateral and militaristic international coverage of the world's greatest energy in its try and safe entry to this serious source. during this international context, oil-rich groups of the South are being drawn into struggles to shield their sovereignty, cultural integrity, human rights and threatened ecosystems.

Crude Interventions examines the army and monetary regulations of the Bush management in oil-rich areas of the area. extra accurately, it examines the socio-economic and human rights outcomes of those rules, in addition to these of contemporary US administrations and multinational strength businesses, for the peoples of oil generating countries within the international South. With basically 4 percentage of the world's inhabitants, the us consumes 25 consistent with cent of world power construction. This thirst for strength has performed an important function in deciding on US overseas coverage in contemporary many years. the need to safe entry to trustworthy provides of oil has performed a fair extra fashionable position in picking the overseas coverage of the govt of George W. Bush than prior administrations.

By targeting the USA function in Iraq, relevant Asia, West Africa, Colombia and Venezuela, Crude Interventions makes obvious the connections among US strength pursuits, the battle on terror, globalization, human rights abuses and different social injustices persisted via these peoples of the South cursed with an abundance of the world's so much wanted source.

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David Kay, head of the Iraq Survey Group, admitted in his 2 October 2003 testimony before the US Congress that ‘Iraq did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled chemical weapons program after 1991. 65 One mass destruction and, therefore, had posed no imminent threat to the United States. If the Bush administration had allowed the UNMOVIC weapons inspectors to continue performing substantive inspections, it would soon have discovered that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction.

The 9-11 Commission’s final report declared that what little contact existed between the secularist regime in Baghdad and the Islamic fundamentalist al-Qaeda never ‘developed into a collaborative operational relationship. ’66 The Bush administration’s human rights justification for removing Saddam Hussein from power also lost its lustre on 28 April 2004, when the CBS television news show 60 Minutes II broadcast photographs of US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison. ’67 Among the many photographs of the abuses was one displaying a prisoner with electrical wires attached to his testicles.

44 And in February, only six weeks before the United States invaded Iraq, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told the UN Security Council: ‘There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. … Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. ’45 The Bush administration’s rhetoric was not restricted to convincing the US public and the international community that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

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