Oil war is a term used to describe a conflict about petroleum resources, or their transportation, consumption, or regulation. It may also refer generally to any conflict in a region that contains oil reserves or is geographically positioned in a location where an entity has or may wish to develop production or transportation infrastructure for petroleum products. It is also used to refer to any of a number of specific oil wars.
Oil may be argued to be the real reason for wars that are officially waged for reasons such as spreading democracy. However, oil may also be argued to be a smokescreen or only a partial cause, concealing other argued motives such as being beneficial for Israel and the influence of the Israel lobby.
- Noam Chomsky - well-known proponent of the "Oil Wars" theory regarding American military interventions
- Iraq War - on the war not being financially beneficial for the United States but instead being enormously costly.
- If the Iraq War is About Oil, then How Much Are We Getting? at Digital Survivors