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Submitted by Ronald (United States), Nov 13, 2002 at 03:17

I am constantly amazed at the fact that college professors continue to claim that this is a war for oil, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Fact 1: At the end of the Gulf War, American oil companies under the eye of the American military extinquished the blazes of the Kuwaiti and Southern Iraqi oil fields that were started by the retreating Iraqi Army.

So knowing this to be fact, why didn't we simply take the oil then when all the resources and the same folks, Bush's, Cheney, Powell were in place as well?

Fact 2. Hussein surrendered to the US and UN to end hostilities in the first Gulf War. If we will stop at nothing to get Iraqi oil,why wasn't one of the conditions of the cease fire agreement that he would give as a condition of the cease fire, control of the oilfields to the UN or the US? This would have cost what at the time? A few more lines of ink on a piece of paper.

So considering he surrendered to us, why didn't we simply place in the treaty as terms of surrender the oil fields would be placed under our control?

Fact 3. Whose planes have been flying over these very same oilfields for the last 10 years enforcing the no fly zones? If we already control the skies, how difficult would it be to simply send in the ground forces and take control of the oilfields. Hussein knows if he moves any military equipment in it will be hit with aircraft, so he has had virtually no way of "protecting" these oilfields for the last 10 years.

Fact 4: Iraq recently purchased all kinds of nerve agent antidote kits: now, why would a country that does not have chemical weapons need these kits with self-administration attachments?

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