2002 December 01 Sunday
Exxon and Mobil As Pillars Of Democracy In Iraq

This story by Kim Sengupta in the UK Independent is an argument for taking out Saddam's regime sooner rather than later. Best not to let the Iraqi economy get too bad. The US needs the good will of the Iraqi people. The run-up to the war is causing a collapse in the Iraqi economy:

"They are welcome to come here any time. We have been here 35 years, and we have always welcomed foreign visitors." He becomes serious. "We used to have 20 workers, now it is down to 12. It is very, very tough now. People are not buying. Why should they paint a house which might get bombed? It is not as if we can sell our goods abroad. That ended a long time ago."

Foreign traders who had been working with the regime as brokers, especially in the oil business, see the vast sums they made disappearing if America does come and introduce such pillars of democracy as Exxon and Mobil.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 December 01 04:40 PM 


Comments
Suman Palit said at December 1, 2002 10:06 PM:

It would be funny if it weren't so true.. it's an interesting utilitarian pro-war argument I havent heard before

Randall Parker said at December 1, 2002 11:01 PM:

Suman, notice my other utilitarian argument: Take out the Iraqi regime and then we won't need the Saudis. Hence we will be able to lean on the Saudis. Between ending the increasing suffering of the Iraqis and being able to apply pressure to the Saudis the argument for attacking Iraq sooner rather than later seems very compelling.


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