Американский «капитализм для своих» и война в Ираке

Когда в 1997 году в Азии разразился финансовый кризис, американское руководство обвинило правительства стран Азии в так называемом «капитализме для своих» (crony capitalism). Оглядываясь назад, можно только поразиться лицемерию этих обвинений, поскольку именно Америка продемонстрировала непревзойденность в «кронизме» сначала на примере громких корпоративных скандалов, а сегодня своим поведением в Ираке. Азиатские капиталисты, возможно, действительно присвоили заемные средства, но они, по крайней мере, не смешивали финансовые дела с войной.

Какие бы цели ни преследовала война в Ираке, администрация Буша явно стремится к обогащению своих сторонников из числа крупных американских корпораций, а также к большему контролю над ближневосточными нефтяными ресурсами и транспортными трубопроводами. И всего лишь несколько досадных помех, таких как, например, ООН и иракский народ, стоят у них на пути.

Основной причиной начала войны в Ираке считалось наличие у Саддама Хусейна оружия массового поражения, однако с каждым днем мир все больше убеждается в том, что эта угроза была сильно преувеличена. Тогда же говорили еще об одной важной цели: возможности получить контроль над более 11% мировых запасов нефти и, в более долгосрочной перспективе, над трубопроводами между Средиземным и Каспийским морями и Индийским океаном.

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