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1990s Balkans war - was that about oil too?

In the 1990s the US and UK led a military campaign to restore peace to Yugoslavia. The allies celebrated their status as the peace police of the world. A few years later, we learn that the war opened the door for the US oil industry to a vast new oil supply that had just been discovered.

The US/UK axis is selective about where it intervenes and when. So how do they decide which conflicts are worth getting involved in? And how do they decide whose side to take? If we strip away the war-time propaganda, we find that the allies wear the robes of self-appointed international good-guys only as and when it serves their own narrow interests.

Let's recall the US/UK military response to some of the greatest issues over the past decade or so.

* Iraq: overthrow government, sell the oil

* Afghanistan: overthrow government, build oil pipeline

* Bosina: overthrow government, win secret oil deals

* Chechnya: no response (Russia has WMD so gets the oil)

* Rwanda: no response (world's worst genocide)

* Palestine: no response

* Zimbabwe: no response

* Sudan: no response (ongoing)

* Many similar conflicts, disasters, etc: no response

Have you noticed that, of all the places where the US and UK could have made  difference, they are only concerned with the countries that have something to offer? Is this just a coincidence, or does it fit into a wider pattern?

You read the news. You decide.


Balkan Analysis, "Oil Discovered in Bosnia: Find Hushed Up for Years, Official Says", 1 June 2004.
[ http://www.balkanalysis.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=353 ]
    Macedonia’s A-1 TV reported yesterday that two major oil deposits have been discovered in Bosnia. While oil exploration there dates back over one hundred years, little results have emerged until now. The Balkan wars of the 1990’s put a temporary halt to modern efforts, many say.
    However, a veteran Bosnian oilman has told Bosnian daily ‘Nezavisne Novine’ that officials first knew they had a significant find before Bosnia’s independence war, but were told to keep quiet about it.
    “…The foreign consultants back in 1991 advised us to not say anything in public yet and that we should wait for a better time,” said Brod Refinery’s Mika Sukurma. “But for that ‘better time’ we had to wait almost 13 years.”
    According to ‘Nezavisne Novine,’ the oil discovered is of a “very good quality.” Officials believe that it amounts to 50 million tons near Tuzla and 500 million tons near Samac. ...

Nezavisne Novine, "Posavina leži na 50 miliona tona nafte", 31 May 2004.
[ http://www.nezavisne.com/dnevne/dogadjaji/dog05312004-02.php ]
  [Quoted above.]

BBC News, "Country profile: Rwanda", 13 March 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/1070265.stm ]
    Rwanda experienced Africa's worst genocide in modern times and is still recovering from the shock. But its efforts at recovery were marred by its intervention in the conflict in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
    The country has been beset by ethnic tension associated with the traditionally unequal relationship between the dominant Tutsi minority and the majority Hutus.
    Although after 1959 the ethnic relationship was reversed, when civil war prompted around 200,000 Tutsis to flee to Burundi, lingering resentment led to periodic massacres of Tutsis.

BBC News, "Regions and territories: Chechnya", 23 May 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/2565049.stm ]
    The southern Russian Republic of Chechnya is surrounded on nearly all sides by Russian territory but also shares with neighbouring Georgia a remote border high in the Caucasus mountains.
    Rich in oil, its economy and infrastructure are now in ruins after years of war between local separatists and Russian forces...

BBC News, "Sudanese children dying of hunger", 9 June 2004.
[ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3790559.stm ]
    Their families have fled attacks by pro-government Arab militias, accused of forcing black Africans off the land.
    Last week, a senior aid worker said 300,000 people would starve in Darfur, even if help is sent immediately.
    Some 10,000 have died in Darfur, since a rebellion broke out last year and one million have fled their homes.
    UK Secretary for International Development Hilary Benn says Darfur is undoubtedly the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.


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