Who could have known?
I am astounded, flabbergasted, rocked back on my heels!
"Iraq has perhaps twice as much oil as previously assumed. The new estimate was done by IHS, an analysis group with a specialty in energy and engineering questions.
The new estimate is the first that has been done since the American-led invasion in 2003.
The British newspaper, Financial Times, writes that, according to IHS, there are probably large new reserves under the desert sands in the western part of the country.
The larger amount of reserves means that Iraq will within the next five years be able to produce four million tons of oil, as compared to the two million barrels today.
Iraq can therefore become one of the five largest oil producers. Of course, this requires that the present conflicts cease. [My quick, unauthorized translation of a news item from the Danish Radio's web site, www.dr.dk. -- you can also read BBC's run down]
Who would have known, indeed!
I did, for one -- little expatriate me, sitting here in Denmark with my web of secret agents, informers and spies [ = progressive bloggers] was aware that Iraq probably possessed the second largest reserves (after Sandy Aridya). The reasoning was based on the fact that the reserves in Iraq had never been properly estimated, officially.
This news, of course, comes as a complete surprise to Mr. Snarly, the Codpiece and the neo-conservative crew who insisted that we invade, liberate, occupy Iraq. The reason for their criminal actions has never been clear, has always been changing as the wind blows and has never, except implicitly, included OIL.
Who would/could have known?
Please note: the new laws the [democratically elected] Iraqi Parliament is]
considering [= being forced, coerced] which give the great lion's share of profits to [slurp!] Western Oil Companies are in no way connected!