Voice of the People: Trading Blood For Oil

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By James Devine

After years of bloodshed and lies, it’s time to throw away the euphemisms and call people and events what they are in truth.

What Republicans call private security contractors are truly nothing but mercenaries, the lowest form of humanity. In essence, the mercenary’s job is to kill for money. Soldiers have killed for a sense of duty but for mercenaries killing is just a job.

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What Republicans call financial motivation, is greed.  What Republicans call “collateral damage” is the true horrors of war visited upon civilian populations.

Terms were used to mask an ugly and illegal war, intended to help you to forget what the war in Iraq was all about: a war to control the supply of oil.  This was made blatantly clear in 2007 when an Iraqi law gave oil companies 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude.

The companies will be allowed to take up to 75 percent of the profits until they recoup the initial drilling costs; after that, they will collect around 20 percent of the profits, which represents twice the average for such deals.

No matter which way you look at it, the reality is stark: the United States is involved in a perverse “red for black” trading relationship — exchanging American red blood for Iraqi black oil.

The use of mercenaries only reinforces the fact that the war in Iraq is a dirty war and that the longer we accept the euphemisms used to describe various aspects of the conflict, the dirtier it becomes.


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