Australia's Defense Minister is attracting controversy for admitting oil has been a major reason for the Iraq War.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Brendan Nelson was asked if oil is a factor in why Australia remains in Iraq.
Nelson said, "The defense-update we're releasing today sets out many priorities for Australia's defense and security, and resource security is one of them. And obviously 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; and, Australians and all of us need to think well what would happen if there were a premature withdrawal from Iraq."
Australian Prime Minister John Howard quickly distanced himself from Nelson's comments. He said, "A lot of oil comes from the Middle East, we all know that, but the reason we remain there is we want to give the people of Iraq a possibility of embracing democracy."
Comment July 6th: Oh, how can John Howard be so transparent and imagine anyone is buying what he's saying here? The reason the Empire and its lackeys remain in Iraq is not that they want to give the people of Iraq a possibility of embracing democracy. They want the Iraqis to fall for wage slavery under imperial capitalism while those imperialist rape them of their oil—the global prize per Dick Cheney.
Democracy would be all Iraqi's voting for what they want. If a vote were held today, the Iraqis would by a huge landslide-majority vote for the US and Australia to get out of their, the Iraqis', country. Who doubts it?
Where is any democracy in Iraq? There's no democracy in Iraq at all. There's only the dictatorship of the occupiers. It has been that way since the US removed Saddam Hussein from power. Only people thinking and speaking foolishly claim the US has offered democracy to Iraq. This includes Hillary Clinton who has said the US Military has done its job by offering the Iraqis democracy. That's hogwash propaganda by the princess of the oligarchs.
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