Why We Fight

Why do we fight in Iraq? To defend an Iranian-allied government that wants us to leave and says it's perfectly legitimate to kill American soldiers. That's why. And if that doesn't make any sense to you, we're sure Dick Cheney can explain it.

From Bloomberg: [Excerpt] Iraqi leaders, meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.

``The Iraqi people look forward to the day when the foreign forces leave Iraq, when it's armed and security forces will be rebuilt and when they can enjoy peace and stability and get rid of terrorism,'' the leaders said in the statement…The final statement also stated that ``resistance is a legitimate right for all people.'' The conference almost collapsed earlier today when Sunni leaders objected to the definition of ``resistance,'' al-Jazeera said. [End excerpt]

Actually, there is a very logical reason why American soldiers are dying – and dealing out wholesale death – in Iraq: $200 billion in oil wealth that these same Iraqi "leaders" are about to sign over to Dick Cheney's oil-bidness cronies, as the Independent reports.

[Excerpt] Iraqis face the dire prospect of losing up to $200bn (£116bn) of the wealth of their country if an American-inspired plan to hand over development of its oil reserves to US and British multinationals comes into force next year.

The Iraqi government has announced plans to seek foreign investment to exploit its oil reserves after the general election, which will be held next month. Iraq has 115 billion barrels of proved oil reserves, the third largest in the world.

According to the report, from groups including War on Want and the New Economics Foundation (NEF), the new Iraqi constitution opened the way for greater foreign investment. Negotiations with oil companies are already under way ahead of next month's election and before legislation is passed, it said.

The groups said they had amassed details of high-level pressure from the US and UK governments on Iraq to look to foreign companies to rebuild its oil industry.... Yesterday's report said the use of production sharing agreements (PSAs) was proposed by the US State Department before the invasion and adopted by the Coalition Provisional Authority. "The current government is fast-tracking the process. It is already negotiating contracts with oil companies in parallel with the constitutional process, elections and passage of a Petroleum Law," the report, Crude Designs, said. [END excerpt]

So why did your son have to die from an IED on the side of the road in Mosul? Why was he turned into a war criminal raining chemical fire on non-combatants in Fallujah? They died, they killed to make Dick Cheney and his little band of corporate lords richer than they already are. That's it. That's all of it. They don't care if American soldiers die, they don't care how many Iraqis are killed. They don't care if their war increases terrorism, empowers crooks and extremists, bankrupts the nation and destroys the American army. They just want to hang on long enough to get those oil rights locked in. That's all they care about now.  And they don't care how much cannon fodder -- American soldiers, Iraqi civilians -- they have to churn through to get them.