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Iraq Stickler: Oil

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jun 16, 2014 at 21:54

I think it would be fine if the jihadis just pummeled each other, but there's the inconvenient detail of the Iraqi oil. Do we really want to sit back and let ISIS, or some like-minded gang, take over a swatch of Iraq's oil fields? Do you want to make a contribution to a bunch of head-hackers every time you fill 'er up? It's bad enough that since OPEC was formed in the early 70s, trillions have gone to people with a reactionary and militant agenda. Yet as time goes on, the militants get even more barbaric and threatening. It's as if OPEC has financed a kind of human Jurassic Park with reincarnated seventh century warlords.

Those oil fields are going to have to be taken some day if we are ever to be rid of this menace. I just wonder by whom.


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You prefer the present situation, where Iraqi oil benefits Iran?

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