ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and BP’s no-bid contracts – so the war in Iraq was about oil after all – surprise, surprise!

It is really difficult not to feel some cynicism at the news that four oil company giants  have been given technical support contracts “after talks with the Iraq Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields”.  This confirms opposition leader Brendon Nelson’s slip last year  that  the Iraq war was really about oil.

The same big four: ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and BP, the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company, are returning to Iraq thirty six years after they lost their concessions when Saddam Hussein nationalised  oil upon returning to power. What a coincidence!

The UK Guardian has reported that the US state department was involved in drawing up the contracts.

“It provided template contracts and suggestions on drafting but were not involved in the decisions, US officials said.”

US advisers have however, been involved in setting up the Iraqi oil ministry and the short term contracts will no doubt eventually enable the big four to get ahead of the pack for future contracts, leaving other major players in their wake. To most observing the war this was the obvious real long term goal for the war.

The weapons of mass destruction that never existed were the pretext for the war, but the ensuing destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure and now the need to rebuild it are now given as the reason for re-establishing  the big four oil companies through the no-bid process.  The countless lives lost in this war were not lost in vain, after all the profits of  ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and BP are set to rise and the petrol addicted people of the United States have yet another possible source of oil to guzzle.


A person stands silhouetted by the South Pole sunset in early April. The sun dipped below the horizon on March 20 and will not appear again until September 22.

Sunset in Antarctica

Photograph by: Calee Allen, National Science Foundation.  Date Taken: April 6, 2008.

~ by abstraktbiblos on Monday, 30 June, 2008.

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