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December 01, 2005
It's About the Oil

At least, it's about the deal between the Kurds and the Norwegian oil company to drill for oil in the northern part of Iraq. A deal that was not cleared with or approved by what passes for a central government in Iraq these days.

Drilling began after a ceremony Tuesday, during which Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdish northern region, vowed "there is no way Kurdistan would accept that the central government will control our resources," according to news agency reports.

Doesn't look to me like the country is being unified. Looks to me like it's falling apart.

The Kurds, who during the last several years of Hussein's rule maintained sovereignty in northern Iraq under the protection of U.S. warplanes, made millions in transit and customs fees as the Baghdad government smuggled oil to Turkey in violation of United Nations sanctions. Since the end of the sanctions, the Kurds have sought ways to make up for that lost income.

They were the victims of massive retribution from Hussein's regime after the USofA abandoned them (post-Kuwait) and then later "protected" by USofA war planes...but they were playing footsie with Hussein's regime to finance their government?

The intricacies of corrupt politics are beyond me.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:34 AM