Monday, September 15, 2008

Oil War?

If you’re concerned about rising gas costs, check this out! Yesterday’s Bloomberg article highlights the escalating tensions in the Niger Delta between the Nigerian government's military forces, supporting foreign oil producers, and opposing heavily armed fighters from MEND (the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta).

According to a MEND spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, “The operation [attacks on the oil industry in Rivers state] will continue until the government of Nigeria appreciates that the solution to peace in the Niger Delta is justice, respect and dialogue.”

Aside from the world’s dependence on Nigeria’s rich oil reserves, what about the death, destruction and devastation wrought on this impoverished area? How many more civilian lives will be lost? Is a full scale “oil war” imminent? What about international ramifications? Let us know your thoughts and concerns.

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