NATO summit host attacks Iraq war ‘for oil’

From British daily The Morning Star:

PM publicly attacks Iraq invasion

Thursday 22 October 2009

The host of a meeting of NATO war ministers have publicly condemned the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Slovak Prime Minster Robert Fico used a news conference with NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen to say: “We opposed the mission in Iraq because the use of military force was only motivated by oil.”

Meetings of NATO defence ministers are rarely adversarial and even if differences emerge these are handled by diplomats who almost never allow them to become public.

Mr Fico, an ex-communist who formed the social democratic Smer party in 1999, strongly opposed Bush-era plans to base anti-missile interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, saying he saw no need for a missile shield in Europe.

He said that he would not allow any part of the Obama administration’s revamped missile shield plans to be based in Slovakia if he was ever approached.

An October, 2008, US military raid inside Syria that killed seven civilians may not have eliminated a senior al Qaeda operative as anonymous Pentagon sources claimed at the time, says a new investigative report: here.

5 thoughts on “NATO summit host attacks Iraq war ‘for oil’



    Troy Labor Council Resolution for a National March on Washington for Peace, Jobs and Healthcare Justice

    The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, attacks on Pakistan, military aid to Colombia, Israel and many of the countries that use US aid for repression of indigenous and popular movements, are making the people of the US and the world less safe.

    And Whereas:
    These wars and military aid are bankrupting the people of the US, who are already suffering from staggering job losses, foreclosures and a broken healthcare system.

    The Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO calls upon the AFL-CIO to organize a national march on Washington for Peace, Jobs and Healthcare Justice, to stop the wars and to use the resources freed up to end the jobs and healthcare crisis here at home.

    Passed unanimously at the October 21, 2009 Meeting


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    Iraq: The oil ministry has signed an initial deal with a consortium led by Italy’s Eni SpA to develop a prized southern oil field.

    Under the deal, which must still be approved by the cabinet, Eni, US firm Occidental Petroleum Corporation and South Korean company KOGAS would develop the 4.1 billion-barrel Zubair field, with the companies to receive $2 (£1.22) per barrel of crude produced.

    The contract would last 20 years but could be extended to 25.


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