Yes, the Iraq War Was (Kinda) a War for Oil

In the immediate aftermath of the Iraq invasion, the US and British governments tried to launch a radical experiment in oil privatization. Iraqi trade unions spearheaded a brave campaign to thwart their plans.

Illustration by Jan Robert Duennweller

Weeks before the invasion of Iraq began, British prime minister Tony Blair appeared on television to make the case for war. He scoffed at an audience member’s suggestion that Iraq’s oil reserves were the motivating factor behind what the US military called Operation Iraqi Freedom: “The oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most […]

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