In Jordan Business magazien August issue I came to read 2 numbers that caught my attention. Both numbers were listed in the same page. The first one is about 206 billion dollar which is the cost of the US war on Iraq. The second one is about 260 billion dollar which is the revenue of oil exports for Saudi Arabia in 2005.
Maybe the resemblance of the numbers is what caught my attention. What first came to my mind is the absurd idea we hear daily about the US real motive of attacking Saddam’s regeme which a lot believe is to take over the oil of Iraq.
How the hell can that be true if the oil cost per barrel jumped from around 25$ before the war to around 70$ now? It is like the USA has to pay 3 times more than it used to pay before in addition to the cost of war as well.
In the other hand, the Saudi’s are enjoying the extra profits.
And that would be fine if Saudi Arabia is a democratic country where human rights are respected. But unfortunatly it is not. In fact, it is where most terrorists came from.
Osama bin laden made his money in Saudi Arabia, didn’t he? How much of the oil revenue is going to others who can be the next bin laden?
Following the logic we usually go with in playing the victim role for the interests of the west in our national resources. I am trying to figure out who is the most beneficial party of the war on Iraq.
Israel? While Israel wasn’t Saddam’s favourite country, but he didn’t impose any a threat on it. He caused much more trouble to Iran and Kuwait and imposed more threat to the Arab gulf countries rather than Israel. I don’t buy the idea of Israeli lobby pushing the US administration to go into this war.
Iran? Mmmm, it seems that it gained much by getting rid of Saddam’s regeme. Their infleuence in Iraq grew stronger. They even were able to caue more trouble to Israel by giving a better support to Hezbollah, and now concentrating on creating their nuclear weapon that seem to be coming soon.
Saudi Arabia? First they got rid of Saddam’s regeme, and then they enjoyed the extra profit of oil revenue.
Can the US administration be that stupid? Where are all their scientist, and strategical plans? Or can the US leaders be bought? maybe by some Saudi’s oil owners. Maybe by the like of Bin Laden, who enjoys the extra money coming at the expense of other people’s lives while at the same time using religion to achieve their own goals.
One just can wonder…