Editorial - The motives in Iraq

Controversy over weapons of mass destruction obscures other motives, real and imagined, for the military strike in Iraq last March. Some of those presumptive motives make no sense; others do. All of them deserve attention.An alleged motive that has never made sense is control of Iraqi oil. Outside the chronically suspicious Middle East, only the hopelessly cynical continue to argue that the US led coalition forces into Baghdad for such a reason. The US and its oil-importing allies don't need to control Iraqi oil, or oil from anywhere else, in order to have access to the supply they need. Control of Iraqi oil isn't worth a single coalition death. Control of Iraqi oil isn't wort...

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