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Arabs should use oil as a weapon - Iraq

2012-11-17 09:38

Cairo - An Iraqi official said on Friday Baghdad will recommend that Arab states use oil as a weapon to exert pressure on Israel and countries that back it, particularly the United States, over the Gaza crisis.

"Playing the economic card is our most powerful weapon at the moment in supporting the Palestinian people, for no military power can currently stand up to Israel," Iraq's permanent Arab League representative Qais al-Azzawi said.

He told reporters in the Egyptian capital, where the League has its headquarters, that Baghdad would take this stand at Saturday's emergency meeting of foreign ministers from the pan-Arab body called by Egypt to discuss Gaza.

"What happened in 1973, when the Arabs stopped oil exports to Western states, is proof that this weapon can succeed in the battle between the Arabs and Israel," Azzawi said of a decision taken during the October Yom Kippur war.

Comments
  • antjie.vanstraaten - 2012-11-17 10:26

    Hahaha, you can choose oil as a weapon, see how it will help you win the war against real weapons as an act of violence will be met by more violence.

  • kaybee.notshweleka - 2012-11-17 10:44

    Well they do have a point... Weapons down and stop the wars...

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-17 10:46

    Communist China had been playing Americas little economic game wisely for a while now. In my opinion, it is too little too late for the Arabic Nations to adopt this idea.

  • carlos.j.correia.3 - 2012-11-17 11:09

    too little too late im afraid,

  • ernustus.louw - 2012-11-17 12:56

    aaron , you M...... does not know if you are coming or going. I am sure you do not know what will happen to you and your brothers and sisters. Israel needs only 2 planes to destroy you all. Nobody in the world will destroy ISRAEL. While you are so clever , you are suppose to know this.

  • sikender.raidan - 2012-11-17 13:27

    Reading from comments one realizes that the Bush Era has created many irrational thinkers. Todays wars are more about the corporate greed then the well being of human kind and examples are there. After the Nazi enhilation of Jews the world said nomore, but we have the recent fenomena of Bosnia, DRC,Irak, Lybia, Myanmar, and other places where ethnic cleancing has been taking place without people even blinking till it is too late. Reason for that? The Corporate greed. The entire western word is griped with recession and is sitting with surplus war heads, so what to do now? The solution is to start other war front, and there you have it a new front where they will be able to dump the holding stock. The politicians have entrenched so much patriotism through Sports, Religion, Media that people have stoped using comon sence and hence HATRED against each other. If you like to read, get a book written by a Political Scientist and Antropologist,he is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Director of the Institute of African Sudies at Columbis University, his book, GOOD MUSLIM, BAD MUSLIM, BY Mahmood Mandani, this book will change your view on world politics. This is what J.M. Coetzee said, "Mandani strips open the lies, stereotypes, and easy generalisations on which U.S. policy toward Muslim world is founded. Dismaying but essential reading". This book will change your whole perpective on world politics. It wil bring that human factor within you. And you will resaon...

  • gary.scott.9828456 - 2012-11-17 14:32

    Like they are going to give up billions of dollars worth of revenue for the Palestinian people. Iraqi do not even care about their own people and have been killing each other for the last couple years. I hardly think they really give a fig about the Palestinian people

      Jamal Ismail - 2012-11-18 00:48

      wht a great idea no oil no gas aswell from Egypt wht a evil nation isreal

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-18 16:39

      Jamal is an ignorant and hateful genocidal racist, the lowest form of human being.

  • philhaj - 2012-11-17 15:14

    finally an arab person with a sensible brain.if three countries can halt imports including the embagoes on Iran it could hurt everyone.no weapons involved.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-18 16:40

      It would hurt you too. Duh.

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-17 19:44

    Do it soon. As soon as the money spent on buying oil can be channeled into research for alternative energy sources we won't need oil. Eat sand ...

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-17 22:27

    OPEC's own projection: by 2025 the US will import zero oil from its OPEC member states.

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