Friday, January 02, 2004

US plan to invade for oil: secret memo : "The United States seriously considered sending airborne troops to seize oilfields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi during the 1973 Arab oil embargo, according to a top-secret British intelligence memorandum released yesterday."

"The document, titled Middle East - Possible Use of Force by the United States, said that, if faced with deteriorating conditions such as a breakdown of the ceasefire between Arab and Israeli forces following the October 1973 Yom Kippur War or an intensification of the embargo, "we believe the American preference would be for a rapid operation conducted by themselves" to seize the oilfields... Seizure of the oilfields, the memo said, was "the possibility uppermost in American thinking . . . reflected, we believe, in their contingency planning"... it suggested two brigades would be needed for the initial force, one for the Saudi operation, one for Kuwait and possibly a third for Abu Dhabi."

No doubt the 'humanitarian motives', ie the desire to liberate people and establish democracy, were uppermost in the minds of the planners.

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