Some have suggested that the real motive for invading Iraq was Iraqi oil. If so, it would appear that has sort of back-fired, with China being the first to get its hands on the Iraqi oil.
Perhaps the U.S. would have done better by the Iraqis than China is doing?
I did note this in the article though:The basis of the complaints here is that, aside from the hiring of a few hundred residents as laborers and security guards at salaries of less than $600 a month, the Ahdab field — a roughly $3 billion development project — has provided no local benefit.
“No one would have dared to ask for such a thing during Saddam’s regime; if he did, he would definitely be executed,” said Ghassan Ali, a 43-year-old farmer who lives near the oil field. “But now we are a democratic country, so we have the right to ask for our rights like any other province in Iraq.”