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Blood and Oil: The Difference Between War for Oil and War Because of Oil

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In modern times, it seems one of the most popular explanations for war has simply been for resources, especially oil. In regards to the recent incursion in Libya, newspaper headlines read “Libya: Is It Oil or Democracy?” and “Fights to Control Libya’s Oil Continuing,” two examples of media reporting that are centered on the idea that Western forces have entered another country to capture and profit from its oil.However, there is a distinct and important difference between going to war for oil and going to war because of oil, a distinction that is seldom made in scholarship, media reporting, polling, or even general conversation. Were a country to go to war with the intent of securing oil for its own purposes, there are certain actions that one would expect to see (and not see), which shall be discussed here in the context of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. This research first intends to illustrate that there does exist a growing and misguided public perception as to why wars are fought concerning oil. In an attempt to prove that this belief is a misconception, I will show that the U.S.’s motivations in Iraq were more a result of the political, economic and security issues that stem from oil rather than for the supply of oil itself, thus demonstrating the distinction between going to war for oil and going to war because of oil.

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Name: Northeastern Political Science Association
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McKee, Lauren. "Blood and Oil: The Difference Between War for Oil and War Because of Oil" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Crowne Plaza, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 17, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521195_index.html>

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McKee, L. E. , 2011-11-17 "Blood and Oil: The Difference Between War for Oil and War Because of Oil" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Crowne Plaza, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521195_index.html

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Abstract: In modern times, it seems one of the most popular explanations for war has simply been for resources, especially oil. In regards to the recent incursion in Libya, newspaper headlines read “Libya: Is It Oil or Democracy?” and “Fights to Control Libya’s Oil Continuing,” two examples of media reporting that are centered on the idea that Western forces have entered another country to capture and profit from its oil.However, there is a distinct and important difference between going to war for oil and going to war because of oil, a distinction that is seldom made in scholarship, media reporting, polling, or even general conversation. Were a country to go to war with the intent of securing oil for its own purposes, there are certain actions that one would expect to see (and not see), which shall be discussed here in the context of the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. This research first intends to illustrate that there does exist a growing and misguided public perception as to why wars are fought concerning oil. In an attempt to prove that this belief is a misconception, I will show that the U.S.’s motivations in Iraq were more a result of the political, economic and security issues that stem from oil rather than for the supply of oil itself, thus demonstrating the distinction between going to war for oil and going to war because of oil.


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