Monday, January 07, 2002

Unocal and Bridas, an Argentinian company bought by Amoco and thus now part of British Petroleum Amoco, have been battling to control the Afghanistan oil pipeline for years and years, negotiating with both Pakistan and the Taliban. Has Tony Blair committed Britain to the Afghan oil war to ensure that Bridas/Amoco/BP Amoco gets its piece of the pie rather than have it all go to Unocal? Is it going too far to suggest that the Afghan oil war had to be fought because the bitter rivalry between Unocal and Bridas made a negotiated agreement with the Taliban to build the pipeline impossible?