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Jan 21 09 1:03 PM
Jan 22 09 2:23 AM
The oil is not being privatized. Oil companies are right now bidding on contracts that will include the rebuilding/expansion of the oil infrastructure, but
the control of profit stays on Iraqi hands.
Sometimes, standing for what you believe means standing alone
Jan 22 09 6:14 PM
Jan 22 09 9:06 PM
Tooth Fairy Agnostic
Jan 23 09 4:28 AM
You don't buy it because you suffer from the meme that the war was about oil.
Jan 23 09 7:07 AM
Jan 23 09 10:58 AM
Jan 24 09 4:47 AM
It amazes me that otherwise rational and intelligent people cannot see that oil was an obvious motivation to launch this invasion and continue to more or
less condone this war. If not for their oil, quite frankly, the western nations would have little interest in these countries found in what is refered to as
the Arab world, and coincidentally enough, the West also would have little interest in "securing the sovereignty" of Israel which essentially insures
the presence of a western-like power in what is de facto muslim territory.
Jan 25 09 3:16 PM
Jan 25 09 4:35 PM
Jan 25 09 4:56 PM
Jan 25 09 6:14 PM
That's not even circumstantial evidence.
Jan 26 09 3:07 PM
Jan 26 09 6:45 PM
Jan 27 09 1:01 AM
Jan 27 09 7:05 AM
maybe you had your head in the sand at the time.
Jan 27 09 11:30 AM
Jan 30 09 5:22 PM
That's not even circumstantial evidence. Other that the left-wing mantra that the war was about oil there's nothing in the real world to suggest
anyone is stealing th oil profits from Iraq.
Feb 3 09 9:23 PM
Feb 4 09 6:56 PM
Iraqi death researcher censured
An academic whose estimates of civilian deaths during the Iraq war sparked controversy has been criticised for not fully co-operating with an inquiry.
Gilbert Burnham said in the Lancet medical journal in 2006 that 650,000 civilians had died since 2003 - a figure far higher than other estimates.
A polling association in the US said Dr Burnham had refused to supply "basic facts" for its inquiry into his work.
It did not comment on the accuracy of his conclusion.
The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)began investigating Dr Burnham's work in March 2008 after a complaint by one of its members.
His research was based on a survey of Iraqi households and concluded that by July 2006 about 655,000 Iraqi civilians had died as a result of the US-led
The Iraqi government does not keep precise records of civilians killed and neither do US forces, but in 2006 the Iraqi health ministry estimated that between
100,000 to 150,000 civilians had died.
The AAPOR's executive council said in a statement carried by the Associated Press news agency: "When asked to provide several basic facts about this
research, Burnham refused."
It said it wanted to know the wording of questions asked and instructions and explanations given to respondents.
"Dr Burnham provided only partial information and explicitly refused to provide complete information about the basic elements of his research,"
said Mary Losch, chair of the association's standards committee.
She added that Dr Burnham's refusal to co-operate "violates the fundamental standards of science, seriously undermines open public debate on
critical issues and undermines the credibility of all survey and public opinion research."
A spokesman for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where Dr Burnham works, said they were disappointed AAPOR had said he violated the code
However, the spokesman pointed out to AP that neither the researcher nor the school were members of the association.
The level of civilian casualties in Iraq has been a controversial issue ever since the US-led invasion of 2003.
For Dr Burnham's study, researchers spoke to more than 1,800 families comprising 12,800 people, comparing mortality rates in selected areas before and
after the invasion.
Its conclusion was undermined by allegations that the number of people surveyed was too small and that the authors may have inflated the figures for
The Lancet said it had no comment.
The independent Iraq Body Count, which counts only confirmed deaths, currently has a range of between 90,556 and 98,850.
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