I am deeply suspicious of economically determinist or conspiratorial explanations for political and historical events. The world is just too complicated, and chance and history play too large a role in the choices we face and the decisions we make. The mantra on the left that President George W. Bush’s rush to war with Iraq is about oil, oil, oil, sounds simplistic to me. Still, I must also confess that the case Bush and his advisers have made for war is so convoluted...
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