No Peace for Oil
Which nation is being cavalierly unilateralist in its policy toward Iraq? Which nation is hiding behind high-sounding rhetoric in order to mask its oil-hungry agenda? Which nation is ignoring the human rights of Iraqi civilians for its own greedy reasons? Why France, of course. While anti-war protestors tar George W. as a petrol-mad cowboy with a family vendetta to settle, conservative security experts are looking at lucrative oil deals France (and to a lesser extent Germany) have made with Saddam Hussein. Naturally, they wouldn't want profits from these deals interrupted by a Security Council-authorized invasion. Of course, public opinion in France and Germany is running something like 70% against an invasion, but that doesn’t mean that their respective governments aren’t also worried about safeguarding their oil contracts as well.