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US Eyes Iraq Oil: Blix
IslamOnline.net & ABC Radio National ^ | Wed. Nov. 7, 2007 | staff

Posted on 11/07/2007 10:11:13 AM PST by gandalftb

SYDNEY — Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, here to receive the Sydney Peace Prize, believes the US plans to stay long in Iraq to guarantee the flow of oil supplies and to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran.

"One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq," Blix told the Australian radio.

"One reason why they wanted in was that they felt they must leave Saudi Arabia. After the Gulf War in 1991, they left their troops in Saudi Arabia to protect pipelines,". "And when they felt they could no longer stay in Saudi Arabia, Iraq was the next best place because it was more secularized than Saudi Arabia and had the second biggest oil reserves in the region."

Blix has said that the West's neo-colonial approach in dealing with Iran is humiliating and unfruitful, insisting Tehran should be given reasonable incentives to halt its nuclear program.

Blix, who led UN weapons inspection in Iraq before the 2003 invasion, described the Iraq war as a disaster.

"The aims of the war were, first of all, to eliminate weapons of mass destruction that did not exist; secondly, to establish a democracy -- and what they ended up with was anarchy; and thirdly, they wanted to weed out Al-Qaeda, which were not there but which came there," he told The Australian newspaper.

"What it goes to show is that although tyranny is horrible, anarchy can be even worse than tyranny."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; blix; coddlesdictators; energy; headinsand; ignoranceisblix; iraq; oil; unfailures
Iraq - next best place? Compared to Hell? Suuuuure, we needed a new sandbox full of IED's and no Jimmy Dean Sausages.

He's right about us being asked to leave the "holy soil" of Saudi Arabia after we liberated Kuwait and saved the Saudis from Saddam.

He then labels all of Iraq as anarchy and says that it's worse than Saddam's tyranny.

Well Hans, ignorance is Blix. When you and your families and countrymen ever have the weight of the world's future on your backs and have to shed your blood and the blood of your children to keep this world from vaporizing itself, you will know the courage it takes to be an American.

So go collect your peace prizes and we'll go out and earn them without a lot of loose talk.

1 posted on 11/07/2007 10:11:14 AM PST by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

The headline is meant (in my view) to raise an inference that the US means to TAKE the oil. All that Blix said is that the US may stay (longer) to ensure the oil’s free-market flow. That’s a huge difference from “eyeing the oil [covetously, hoping to grab it for ourselves].”


2 posted on 11/07/2007 10:13:10 AM PST by pogo101
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To: gandalftb
"What it goes to show is that although tyranny is horrible, anarchy can be even worse than tyranny."

There's all you need to know about Blix in a nutshell. Forget the birthing pains of democracy, oppression, rape rooms, industrial paper shredders, CHEMICAL GASSING OF A COUNTRY'S PEOPLE - all better than giving the Iraqi people a chance at freedom. What a miserable piece of garbage.
3 posted on 11/07/2007 10:13:43 AM PST by steel_resolve (Think pitch forks.)
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To: gandalftb

A little more to the right, Hans. Good.

4 posted on 11/07/2007 10:14:15 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: gandalftb

ANYONE LISTENS TO HANS BLIX ANYMORE?????????

AFTER HE LET A MAN DIE WHO DESPERATEDLY WANTED TO GIVE HIM IRAQI INTELLGENCE ON WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION BECAUASE “HE DID NOT APPROCH ELEGANTLY”


5 posted on 11/07/2007 10:15:32 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: gandalftb

I guess we could have just done what the Swedes did in WWII. Stay out of it and keep selling stuff to the Nazis.


6 posted on 11/07/2007 10:15:53 AM PST by Argus
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To: gandalftb

Islam online is nowhere near the level of journalistic competency of Aljazeera.


7 posted on 11/07/2007 10:16:04 AM PST by RightWhale (anti-razors are pro-life)
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To: pogo101

Yes.

We have US Marines stationed around the Saudi oil fields we declared belong to us during the buildup to desert storm, which was a pretext to get to the oil fields there.

We have US Marines stationed in Kuwait around the Kuwait oil fields we declared belong to us after we kicked Saddam out of them after we lured him into attacking Kuwait just so we could grab the oil fields.

Hans Blix could not find his nose with his left hand if he tried.


8 posted on 11/07/2007 10:16:17 AM PST by HD1200
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To: RightWhale

True, here’s another link on the story:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/07/2083898.htm


9 posted on 11/07/2007 10:18:36 AM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: gandalftb

Mr. Magoo is really showing his true colors.


10 posted on 11/07/2007 10:21:49 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: gandalftb

the US plans to stay long in Iraq to guarantee the flow of oil supplies and to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran.

This sounds good to me. We should take some of the oil from Iraq for ourselves and then bomb Iran.


11 posted on 11/07/2007 10:23:17 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: gandalftb
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12 posted on 11/07/2007 10:23:40 AM PST by b4its2late (GITMO is way too nice of a place to house low life terrorists.)
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To: Argus
Agreed, why does the world give any peace prizes as a reward for appeasement and disengagement? Why can't they tell the difference between lasting peace and temporary peacefulness?

Do the Blixs and Jimmah Carters, secretly have a shrine to Neville Chamberlain that they worship?

13 posted on 11/07/2007 10:24:14 AM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: andy58-in-nh

Hans Brix trying to stay relevant in 2007, what a joke!


14 posted on 11/07/2007 10:25:06 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: gandalftb

Ignorance is Blix.


15 posted on 11/07/2007 10:25:12 AM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: gandalftb

War for Oil is as good a reason for war as any other, Hans.


16 posted on 11/07/2007 10:26:02 AM PST by sappy
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To: pogo101

Yes, doesn’t most of Iraq’s oil go to Europe? So, we’re bleedin’ for Blix and his homeland?


17 posted on 11/07/2007 10:26:39 AM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: gandalftb
Do the Blixs and Jimmah Carters, secretly have a shrine to Neville Chamberlain that they worship?

Their hero is the anti-hero Neville Chamerlain./

18 posted on 11/07/2007 10:28:16 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: gandalftb

Hmmmm, he is staying. Wonder what kind of commission he gets for oil-food kickbacks.


19 posted on 11/07/2007 10:32:06 AM PST by stratboy
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To: gandalftb

Crude Oil Imports (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country Aug-07 Jul-07 YTD 2007 Aug-06 Jan - August 2006


CANADA 1,950 1,797 1,853 1,862 1,780
SAUDI ARABIA 1,468 1,434 1,427 1,477 1,409
MEXICO 1,381 1,469 1,448 1,667 1,663
NIGERIA 1,184 890 1,025 898 1,063
VENEZUELA 1,138 1,167 1,120 1,151 1,166
ALGERIA 572 520 509 506 347
IRAQ 520 460 481 620 561
ANGOLA 400 392 524 525 486
BRAZIL 250 147 171 196 130
ECUADOR 240 159 196 285 268
COLOMBIA 152 207 126 125 160
KUWAIT 139 197 189 136 159
LIBYA 104 165 84 84 64
RUSSIA 90 99 125 167 107
OMAN 79 0 20 68 33

Total Imports of Petroleum (Top 15 Countries)
(Thousand Barrels per Day)
Country Aug-07 Jul-07 YTD 2007 Aug-06 Jan - August 2006


CANADA 2,510 2,360 2,426 2,456 2,328
SAUDI ARABIA 1,499 1,436 1,450 1,514 1,452
MEXICO 1,474 1,611 1,579 1,793 1,787
VENEZUELA 1,330 1,386 1,356 1,439 1,467
NIGERIA 1,208 906 1,073 1,035 1,146
ALGERIA 827 730 736 803 643
IRAQ 520 460 481 620 561
RUSSIA 416 525 417 485 366
ANGOLA 412 404 538 544 507
VIRGIN ISLANDS 320 372 326 377 316
BRAZIL 280 198 216 308 194
ECUADOR 240 172 201 292 275
COLOMBIA 175 231 143 131 178
UNITED KINGDOM 174 369 302 272 296
KOREA, SOUTH 142 131 139 169 93

Note: The data in the tables above exclude oil imports into the U.S. territories.


20 posted on 11/07/2007 10:32:47 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: gandalftb
"One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq," Blix told the Australian radio.

Nothing "hidden" about it,"Hans Brix."

21 posted on 11/07/2007 10:34:17 AM PST by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: sappy

If it was war for oil, wouldn’t we have invaded Anwar?


22 posted on 11/07/2007 10:35:43 AM PST by whatexit
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To: angcat
This sounds good to me. We should take some of the oil from Iraq for ourselves and then bomb Iran.

And then take some of Iran's oil, too.

A lot of it.

23 posted on 11/07/2007 10:36:55 AM PST by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: Allegra

Hello Allegra!

Hope all is safe and well with you.


24 posted on 11/07/2007 10:37:50 AM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: Capt. Tom

Thanks, help me a little, is this what we’re importing into the US and the countries of origin? Explain crude oil vs. total imports?


25 posted on 11/07/2007 10:37:50 AM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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To: gandalftb

Oh yeah. If we ever get to invade Iraq, we will steal all of their oil.


26 posted on 11/07/2007 10:40:45 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Allegra
"Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces."

Thank you for your service, stay safe.

27 posted on 11/07/2007 10:43:55 AM PST by stratboy
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To: gandalftb

Well, Hans, the next time you have to warm your house, maybe you can use the bullcrap the throw around instead of oil. And I trust your horse is in good shape to get you around instead of your car. And all those plastics you use in various products....

Hans, go take a long walk off a short pier.


28 posted on 11/07/2007 10:44:07 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: whatexit

I would have supported that too. Or off California.


29 posted on 11/07/2007 10:47:17 AM PST by sappy
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To: gandalftb

What happened to covert CIA operations?
This guy should be “silenced”.


30 posted on 11/07/2007 10:48:08 AM PST by brownsfan (America has "jumped the shark")
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To: angcat
Hi angcat!

Things are getting much better here.

Much to the media and Democrats' (but then, I repeat myself) dismay. ;-)

31 posted on 11/07/2007 10:49:18 AM PST by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: gandalftb
"One reason why they wanted in was that they felt they must leave Saudi Arabia. After the Gulf War in 1991, they left their troops in Saudi Arabia to protect pipelines,". "And when they felt they could no longer stay in Saudi Arabia, Iraq was the next best place because it was more secularized than Saudi Arabia and had the second biggest oil reserves in the region."

To paraphrase Gen. Burkhalter from Hogan's Heroes: "Blix, you eeeediot!"

After the first Gulf War, we didn't leave troops in Saudi Arabia, we left Aircrews. We flew combat air patrols from Saudi Arabia enforcing the northern and southern "no-fly" zones in Iraq for 12 years.

32 posted on 11/07/2007 11:01:40 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: gandalftb
I think that anybody up for any peace award has to 1. condemn Bush 2. ignore Saddam or at least say that the rape rooms, torture and gassing whole populations is nothing in comparison to Bush (I mean, look at Bush’s shifty eyes it says it all!) 3. really want one so badly that there is no ass they won’t kiss, no abject level of humiliation, self-loathing & denial they won't stoop to, on their way to the top of the shit heap. And I’m being extremely kind.
33 posted on 11/07/2007 11:04:52 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: gandalftb
Thanks, help me a little, is this what we’re importing into the US and the countries of origin? Explain crude oil vs. total imports?

We have oil refineries in this country. We refine our own oil and also imported crude oil from other countries that are on that list.

Our demand is greater than we can refine so to meet demand, we import more already refined products like diesel, gasoline etc that has been refined in other countries.

Iran has the opposite problem. In a bizzare situation, Iran exports crude oil and doesn't have the refineries to convert it to gasoline, so Iran imports gasoline from other countries. - tom

34 posted on 11/07/2007 11:09:32 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: gandalftb
More evidence that Blix was in bed with Saddam and Sons.
35 posted on 11/07/2007 11:16:57 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: gandalftb

blix is one reason the World is so e’ffed up!

LLS


36 posted on 11/07/2007 11:18:18 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims!)
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To: gandalftb

Ballroom Blix was a joke long ago, and his comments just underscore it one more time here.


37 posted on 11/07/2007 11:19:44 AM PST by Badeye (Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....)
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To: gandalftb
How foolish. What does Blix think we intend to do with Iraqi oil? Sit on top of the fields and sell it to whom we please? Ship it to the US? Give it away?
38 posted on 11/07/2007 11:28:26 AM PST by quadrant
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To: gandalftb

One fear I would have is that the US has a hidden thought to remain in Iraq,” Blix told the Australian radio.
_____________________________________________________

Why is it a fear, it is securing our interest. I see no problem with it. We didn’t spend all these billions of dollars to leave it unsecure after all aren’t we there for the oil.


39 posted on 11/07/2007 12:14:11 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: pogo101
The headline is meant (in my view) to raise an inference that the US means to TAKE the oil. All that Blix said is that the US may stay (longer) to ensure the oil’s free-market flow. That’s a huge difference from “eyeing the oil [covetously, hoping to grab it for ourselves].”

Yup.

It's like stopping the local gang from taking over the grocery store. Somehow the left (and some of the right) have decided that that is somehow immoral.

40 posted on 11/07/2007 12:15:18 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Yur Breakin my balz, Hans!


41 posted on 11/07/2007 12:27:10 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: gandalftb

Dang I thought we were there to collect up all the cheap Kalashnikov’s so that we could sell them as parts kits.. boy howdy I sure was wrong on that one...


42 posted on 11/07/2007 12:39:35 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Capt. Tom

Thanks, my understanding is that Iran has only one (high-value-target) gasoline refinery?


43 posted on 11/07/2007 2:28:30 PM PST by gandalftb (Ruthless action may be only clarity...quickly, awake (Capt. Willard, Apocalypse Now))
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