Blood for Oil

Judis, John B.
March 2003
New Republic;3/31/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 12, p20
A post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, could devolve into an Arab Yugoslavia, with open warfare between the Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds, and with Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia taking sides. In the United States, democracy arose largely through the spread of entrepreneurial capitalism in the early nineteenth century, the product of the small farmers and urban craftsmen whom Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson celebrated. Today, Norway is the only full-fledged democracy that depends primarily on oil for its export income. But Norway was already a democracy with an independent civil society when it found oil in the North Sea in the 1960s.


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