The BBC reports that China is drilling in Iraq.
Critics of the US invasion six years ago often said its ultimate aim was to control Iraq’s vast deposits of oil.
So it is ironic, perhaps, that the first foreign oil company to start drilling operations in the country since 2003 should be from America’s growing rival, China.
A year since it signed a 23-year, $3bn (£1.84bn) deal to exploit the small al-Ahdab field, in Wasit province, south of Baghdad, China’s National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has already struck oil.
Which prompted me to look up the word “irony“.
Situational irony is the disparity of intention and result: when the result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect.
The idea that the US was invading to get the oil was only ever US policy in the heads of the left. In this instance, those conspiracy theorists have been proved wrong which isn’t irony. If I told you you were going to fly to LA tomorrow, and you didn’t, that’s not ironic, it’s me being stupid.
In short, I’d have been proved wrong.
Now, it you’re going to talk about those who tried to stop the invasion, that’s another story. It’s amazing that so many people ignore the quite public information that France and Russia had oil interests in Iraq not being invaded.
Yes, this is old news – I put it in the “draft posts” pile and forgot about it.