Entering conspiratorial territory here. Based on the writings of William Clark, “Revisited-The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War in Iraq: A Macroeconomic and Geostrategic Analysis of the Unspoken Truth.”, we get the interesting confluence of coincidences and inferences.
|Oil Users||France, Germany, etc||USA|
|Oil Producers||Iraq, Venezuela||Norway, Great Britain||Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc|
|Evil Axis||North Korea, Iraq, Iran|
In January 2003, before the invasion of Iraq, Clark outlined his thesis. Basically, he argued that the attack was due to fears in the US administration that 1) future oil supplies had to be ensured since the arrival of Peak Oil (after which production will begin to decline) was approaching, and 2) it had to keep OPEC from following Iraq’s lead and converting to the Euro as favored petro-currency.
At first I was thinking that this didn't make complete sense, since why wouldn't England support a transition to the Euro? But then if you realize that England and Norway (both declining oil producers) do not use the Euro, and that England has huge amounts of money tied up in the USA in the form of real estate and commercial interests, it does make some sort of sense ... in a tin-foil-hat kind of way.