War is for big oil


Published: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 11:40 p.m.
Joe Little (Dec. 11) brings up two points that are never mentioned by supporters of "little Dubya" and his war.
For about 10 years, during the Reagan-Bush administrations, Saddam Hussein was our buddy. We treated with benign neglect his multiple atrocities, helped him in his unprovoked war of aggression against Iran (we provided him with satellite data on the position of Iranian troops) and looked the other way when he used poison gas against the Kurds and the Iranians.
All was reported in the daily press at that time. Donald Rumsfeld visited Saddam in November 1983, on behalf of a pipeline for Bechtel Corp., shook his hand and had many good things to say about him.
The first use of poison gas by Saddam in September 1983 was no problem. We turned against Saddam only after he invaded Kuwait.
And then there is the personal cowardice of little Dubya, Dick Cheney and others in their entourage in previous wars, and their tender regard for their own, but not other people's children in the present war.
Malini Johar Schueller (Dec. 11) points out that the eagerness of the junta around little Dubya to go to war in the Middle East precedes 9-11 by several years, but 9-11 is still being used as an excuse for the Iraq war.
To my mind, the main reason for the war is a manic desire to hold on to the oil bonanza of the Mideast. Other motives that are proposed are mostly window dressing.
"Jump on the jumbos and fly away home ... now", as Little puts it (has a certain poetic beat to it); seems like an excellent exit strategy.
Ernst Kallenbach, Gainesville

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