An Iraq Oil Play
A Political Play for 7 voices in 4 movements.
How the play works: each movement consists of 1 statement from 7 different characters about the situation in Iraq. The order of the voices remains constant throughout and is as follows: 1) George W. Bush (quotations from between January 28, 2003 and February 7, 2003). 2) An overly intellectual commentator. 3) The text of an ad from 4 major oil companies. 4) A commentator who is mainly interested in the UN. 5) A liberal. 6) A placard protesting the war. 7) Saddam Hussein (quotations from "Saddam's Brain," by David Brooks.
"The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity."
"What is it to be a liberal foreign policy? What would make it
the case that people who call themselves liberal would assent to war?"
"WE'RE DRIVERS TOO"
"The Security Council knows that part of its
process is to decide again if the use of force
is necessary. Its integrity lies in the fact that
it is not a machine."
"This is a totally manufactured issue. Containment has worked for a decade and
there is no reason why it shouldn't work for decades to come."
REGIME CHANGE BEGINS AT HOME
"That is why a Revolution has no
beginning and no end; it is not like a
war, and its soldiers must not profit
from its spoils. It is something continuous, it is a message to life,
and the human being is only the
bearer of the message."
"Your enemy is not surrounding your country. Your enemy is ruling your country."
"Listen: Saddam is neither Bush nor Osama, despite beliefs
to the contrary."
"WHAT DO WE REALLY NEED IN TODAY'S ENERGY HUNGRY
WORLD? MORE GARDENERS"
"Of course, there is the possibility that old
Europe will leak into the creation of the old
"Violence begets violence. War slaughters innocent people. "
INSTEAD OF WAR, JUSTICE
"The Revolution chooses its
enemies, and we say chooses its
enemies because some enemies are
chosen by it from among the people
who run up against its program and
who intend to harm it."
"Saddam Hussein can now be expected to begin another round of empty concessions,
transparently false denials. No doubt he will play a last-minute game of deception. "
"And what will come of the oil? Not a cynical read. Despite
beliefs to the contrary Chevron is not getting the oil."
"MOVING BEYOND PETROLEUM"
"Does partial cooperation count as
cooperation? Or is it an event which should
give the inspectors more time?"
"How can we justify spending money on a war to impose American values when
our own economy is in a shambles."
ACT NOW. STOP WAR. END RACISM.
"The Revolution has its eyes wide
open. Throughout all its stages the
Revolution will remain capable of
performing its role courageously and
precisely without hesitation or panic,
once it takes action to crush the
pockets of the counter-revolution."
"The United States would welcome and support a new resolution which makes clear that
the Security Council stands behind its previous demands, yet resolutions mean little
"What if Iraq was a democracy? Would it bring democracy into
the entire Middle East? If Iraq were a democracy would it pull
out of OPEC? And if Iraq were to pull out of OPEC would
OPEC's power be diminished? And would that mean that we
wouldn't have to deal with the Saudi princes anymore?"
"For the UN process to retain its integrity
war needs to remain a possibility. We have
to know that if there was a smoking gun the
Security Council would back the use of
force in Iraq."
"A preemptive strike against Iraq totally undermines the American position in
PEACE IS PATRIOTIC
"The writing of history must take on
the same specificity as our Baathist
way; in other words the writing of
Arab history should be from our
point of view with an emphasis on
analysis and not realistic story