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Greens Say New Law May Prolong Iraqi War

Chris LugoGreen Party leaders warned that the new ‘hydrocarbon law’ up for approval in Iraq would lead to a prolonged, possibly permanent U.S. presence in Iraq, with U.S. military and Iraqi civilian casualties for years to come.

The Iraqi hydrocarbon law, if approved by Iraqi awmakers, will provide lucrative profits for U.S. energy corporations by placing up to 2/3 of Iraqi oil resources under foreign control, said Liz Arnone, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “The U.S. government, whether led by Democrats or Republicans, will be committed to protecting American energy company operations and investments in Iraq by keeping U.S. troops there.”

Greens noted that passage of the law will aggravate Iraqi and regional anger over the U.S. invasion, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians (as well as over 3,100 U.S. troops), destroyed Iraqi infrastructure, and ignited a sectarian civil war.

“Iraqis should be allowed to decide how their resources will be used, without the pressure of the U.S. occupation and demands from the Bush Administration,” said Katey Culver, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chiar of the Green Party of Tennessee. “The hydrocarbon law amounts to legalized pillage by a foreign country, and that’s how Iraqis will interpret it.”

The Green Party has called for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and has urged Congress to cut off funding for the war to compel President Bush to order the safe return of American service personnel.

The Iraqi oil law proves that ‘blood for oil’ was a major reason for the Iraq War all along. It demonstrates that President Bush didn’t invade Iraq because of claims about WMDs, conspiracy between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, liberation and democracy for the Iraqi people, or other reasons that have proved fraudulent,” – Green Party co-chair Jim Coplen

Major points on the Iraqi hydrocarbon law and extended U.S. military presence in Iraq:

The Iraqi hydrocarbon law, which was drafted with the help of BearingPoint, a U.S. consultancy firm, provides ‘production-sharing agreements’ (PSAs) allowing major Western energy companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, ChevronTexaco, and BP to sign deals of up to 30 years to extract Iraq’s oil. The PSAs will allow Iraq to retain legal ownership of its oil, but will ensure major profits for non-Iraqi companies that invest in infrastructure and operation of the wells, pipelines and refineries. Iraq will be the only major Middle Eastern oil producing nation whose oil production is controlled by foreign rather than state-owned companies. The hydrocarbon law will turn Iraq into an oil spigot for western nations, rather than a resource that benefits Iraqis. The drafting process was secretive; few Iraqi officials were allowed to read the text, until it was leaked over the Internet. The law was approved by the Iraqi cabinet on February 26 and now heads to the Iraqi Parliament, which is under heavy pressure from the U.S. to pass it.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0228-05.htm http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2132574.ece

U.S. control over oil from the Persian Gulf region has been a stated goal since the late 1990s of the Project for the New American Century, a think tank whose membership has formed the core of Bush Administration, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Zalmay M. Khalilzad. The Project recommended waging war on Iraq to assert such control.


Michael Hirsh, in Newsweek, reports that while Democratic and Republican presidential contenders and Congress members are talking about timetables for withdrawal of U.S. troops, Gen. David Petraeus’ ‘surge’ plan will commit the U.S. to a longer occupation that may last ten years. According to a Reuters report, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on February 27 that the U.S. may maintain a military presence in Iraq for a “prolonged period,” comparable to U.S. bases in Germany and South Korea.


For More Information:

The Green Party of the United States
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Green Party News Center

“Troop Surge + Oil Grab by U.S. Firms = War Without End” – Green Party press release, (January 10, 2007)

Chris Lugo
Chris Lugohttp://www.chris4senate.org/
Chris Lugo is a peace activist who has been involved in the movement for peace and global justice for twenty years. He is currently seeking the Green Party nomination for US Senate in Tennessee.


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