Hodjanernes Blog

11 september 2011

Blod for kaffe, kakao og mangofrugter

Myten om blod for olie får dødsstødet i denne artikel fra The National:

Robert Fisk, the veteran journalist, suggested: “If Libya’s national export was potatoes, the West would no more have intervened than it would have invaded Iraq if Saddam Hussein’s principal resource was asparagus.”

Yet this ignores that the West intervened successfully (if sometimes belatedly) to stop massacres in non-oil states Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bosnia and Haiti, and to end Côte d’Ivoire’s civil war. Conspiracy theorists have not delved into the use of military force to secure supplies of coffee, cocoa and mangoes.

And despite neoconservative fantasies, Iraq’s oil industry has not been privatised, and the country has not left Opec. Apart from British and American companies, the US appears to have spent $3tn so Iraqi oil deals can go to Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Malaysian, Indian, Korean and even Angolan corporations.

The contracts for Iraq’s massive oil reserves are not highly lucrative: with oil prices still hovering around $100 per barrel, the companies will net between $1 and $2 per barrel, on which they pay tax.

Men da venstrefløjserne aldrig lader deres verdensbillede forstyrre af fakta, vil vi sikkert i lang tid fremover møde det skingre mantra ‘blod for olie’.