Oil, a major contributor to violence in Iraq in the past, is about to find its own natural course through decentralization of its management, exploration and extraction.
Unfortunately, the old ruling mentality still exists in Baghdad, unable to accept the new Iraq under a new constitution. Such thinking tries to play by the old rules and pushes the country to its disastrous past by insisting on centralized power over natural resources.
What is more unfortunate here is the position of the US Department of State about how oil should be managed in Iraq. The State Department continues to make statements in support of Baghdad’s authority over the country’s oil and gas without any concrete legal grounds. This harks back to the way Britain supported the Iraqi government against Kurdish aspirations during its reign in Iraq.
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