. Piezoe: Africa???, Why when Cuba is one giant sugar cane farm and within spitting distance of the US. It is way past time to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. ********** September 18, 2006 SouthAmerica: Quoting from above: ISN â Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland â report. âCuba, meanwhile, is considering expanding its ethanol fuel output with the help of a Spanish firm in hopes of climbing aboard the alternative fuel bandwagon that Brazil is leading to worldwide prominence. The communist island's economy reportedly grew 12.5 percent in the first half of 2006 in large part due to growing sugar cane exports. Brazil's decades of success with ethanol has recently prompted Britain to seek an alliance with South America's largest country and economy to promote increased sugar production in southern Africa, officials from both nations said earlier this month. South Africa and Mozambique are reportedly on the short list of candidate nations for expanding the ethanol market in the region, according to ethanol experts at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at Iowa State University.â ******* Jayford: Why the hell should oil companies pay for the war in Iraq? They didn't go to war, the US government did. You must be one of those conspiracy dudes that believes the oil companies run the government here. *********** SouthAmerica: I am 100 percent sure that the main reason the US invaded Iraq it was to take over its OIL RESOURCES. Do you really believe that the US attacked Iraq because of WMDâs or because Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator which was not nice to the Iraqi people? I am 100 percent sure that if Iraq had âNOâ oil reserves then the US would not be interested in Iraqâs WMD or the welfare of the Iraqi people. I wrote about that in articles that were published before the US invaded Iraq in March 2003. We would not be debating in the US mainstream media today about the possibility of an United States invasion also of Iran, if Iran did not have such a major oil reserves. It is all about OIL and nothing else. When the United States attacked Iraq in March of 2003, the operation it was called: âOperation Iraq Liberationâ â (OIL) Before the Iraq invasion in March 2003, Brazzil magazine and âThe Brasiliansâ newspaper published in December 2002 an article that I wrote âOur Future Is Nowâ, and quoting from that article: âOil and war If Iraq had no oil, would we be worried about anything related to Iraq? I don't think so. But because they have a lot of oil, in Wall Street jargon "Iraq is in play." Similar to a company in the stock market, when a company is in play, that means that the company will be taken over by another company. In this case the US wants Iraq's oil. On November 10, 2002, The Record (a major newspaper in New Jersey) had an honest article titled: "U.S. vs. Iraq: Is It All About the Oil?" On October 2, 2002, I was stunned by Mr. James Woolsey, a former CIA director's honesty regarding his comments in the program Nightline with Ted Kopel. He said very clearly that the war with Iraq was about oil. He also said that the Russians and the French had been in Baghdad signing deals to develop Saddam's oil reserves. Among them are Total Fina Elf, a French company developing the oil field near the Iranian border, and Lukoil, a Russian company developing another oil field in the Iraqi desert. Mr. Woolsey also said that the French and the Russians had better vote in the Security Council with the US, because after the US defeats Saddam's army, the US will be in complete control of Iraq's oil. All Iraq oil contracts in the future will be approved in Washington. Depending on how the French and Russians act in the Security Council todayâWashington will answer their calls tomorrow, after the war, when they come calling for Washington to honor their old oil contracts. We all know that George Bush will get his war with Iraq one way or another. It is a done deal. We all also know that it does not matter what Saddam Hussein does with the UN arms inspectors; he will not be able to meet the requirements of the UN resolution. I am sure that the decision to go to war has already been made, and the inspectors will just go through the motions until everything is ready to start the war.â You can read the entire article at: Brazzil - December 2002 â âOur Future Is Nowâ http://www.brazzil.com/content/view/6226/38/ To answer your question one more time: Yes, the United States went to war against Iraq to secure the huge oil resources of that country on behalf of the American oil companies. The Iraq war and possibly a new war against Iran it is part of the US government energy policy that was iron out in the basement of the White House between Dick Cheney and the representatives of the oil companies. It is a shame that the American mainstream media never made the connection between the major oil companies and the costs of going to war against Iraq which has a direct relationship to securing a large pool of oil resources on behalf of the US oil companies. If the costs of war were taken in consideration, then the US oil companies would not be as profitable as they think that they are. The only reason they are making so much money it is because the US taxpayers are eating on behalf of the oil companies a massive amount of costs related to securing new sources of oil. In one hand Americans have the illusion that the American oil companies are the most profitable corporations in the world â when in reality they are the companies receiving the largest subsidies of any industry in the world. The sugar ethanol industry it is a better bet all around when all the costs are considered. . .