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Australian regime admits oil is why foreign troops are in Iraq

Oil a Motive for Aussies in Iraq

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's defense minister said Thursday that protecting Iraq's oil supplies is one of his country's motivations for keeping troops in Iraq, adding a new government justification for its mission. [The "Coalition of the Willing" is in fact a "Coalition of the Greedy"; a group of countries and people motivated by transparent self interest while falsely boasting that they serve higher purposes such as democracy, peace, etc.]

Defense Minister Brendan Nelson's inclusion of global energy security [if we are honest "global" really means "Australian" and "western" energy security, because countries in the Middle East already have the oil as do many other countries -- Venezuaela for instance] as a reason for keeping troops in Iraq is likely to ad weight to war protesters' arguments that the 2003 U.S.-led invasion was more an oil grab than a bid to uncover Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, which proved to be nonexistent.

The minister told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio that one reason behind Australia's decision to remain in Iraq was ``to make sure a humanitarian crisis does not develop between Sunnis and Shiites and driven by al-Qaida if we were to leave prematurely.''

He said other reasons - which the government has previously stated - included supporting a key ally, the United States, and ensuring stability in the Middle East and defeating terrorism.

``For these reasons in particular ... one of which is energy security, it is extremely important that Australia take the view that it's in ... our security interests to make sure that we leave the Middle East, and leave Iraq in particular, in a position of sustainable security,'' Nelson told ABC.

He went on to say that the Middle East as a whole is an important supplier of oil, and that Australians ``need to think what would happen if there were a premature withdrawal from Iraq.''

Prime Minister John Howard, a close ally in President Bush's war on terror, sent 2,000 troops to support U.S. and British forces in the Iraq invasion.

Australia maintains 1,000 troops in Iraq supported by 600 air force and navy personnel in the region.

The opposition Labor Party, which opposed the war, has pledged to remove most of Australia's troops from Iraq if it wins elections due late this year.

Labor defense spokesman Robert McClelland accused the government of shifting from its denial that oil was a motivation for the war.

``It's taken them four years to acknowledge that fact,'' McClelland said.

In a speech on Australia's current and future security threats, Howard highlighted diminishing oil as a danger to global peace.

Globalization could ``spur a resurgence of protectionism and increasing rivalry over globally traded resources, particularly oil,'' he said.


The Guardian, "Oil a Motive for Aussies in Iraq", 5 July 2007.


The Debate - What are the true motives for the "War on Terror"?

BBC News, "Australia 'has Iraq oil interest'", 5 July 2007.
    Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has admitted that securing oil supplies is a key factor behind the presence of Australian troops in Iraq.
    He said maintaining "resource security" in the Middle East was a priority.
    But PM John Howard has played down the comments, saying it was "stretching it a bit" to conclude that Australia's Iraq involvement was motivated by oil.
    The remarks are causing heated debate as the US-led Iraq coalition has avoided linking the war and oil.
    Oil concerns
    Australia was involved in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and has about 1,500 military personnel still deployed in the region.
    There are no immediate plans to bring them home.
    In comments to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Nelson admitted that the supply of oil had influenced Australia's strategic planning in the region.

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