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Donald Trump recently stated that the US will be “keeping the oil” in North-eastern Syria, prompting cries of potential war crimes by international onlookers. The statement was made after internal discussions at the Pentagon which floated the idea of keeping US troops near the oil fields in north-eastern Syria. The President then said that the only reason to keep troops in the region would be to secure oil. True to form, the US President disregards the loss of human life and blatantly talks about stealing the Ummah’s resources. Just like the multiple invasions of Iraq over the past 3 decades, the invasion of Afghanistan, and its support for corrupt, murderous dictators, the United States has valued stability and access to oil above human life.
The influence of oil over US foreign policy is so apparent that even the former head of Exxon-Mobil oil company, Rex Tillerson occupied the position of Secretary of State in the Trump administration. Prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Western countries had no access to Iraqi oil; today companies like Shell, Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, BP, and Chevron virtually dominate it. "Of course it's about oil; we can't really deny that" said General John Abizaid, former head of U.S. Central Command and Military Operations in Iraq, in 2007. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan agreed, writing in his memoir, "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."
US oil companies collaborated to support George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, and as soon as he was elected, started hatching plans to invade Iraq and gain access to its oil. Publicly available documents literally said that Middle Eastern countries should be urged to:
"to open up areas of their energy sectors to foreign investment."
This is the reason for the disastrous invasion of Iraq, which cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in destruction to property. The question for us, as Muslims is, for how much longer will the powerful nations of the world feast on our blood and resources like hungry jackals? Who from this Ummah will stand up to protect our honor, life, property, and dignity?
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