This is a debatable subject, as many conflicts involving Middle East and other oil-rich areas have been claimed by many to be over oil, including the current invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It is safe to assume that it was one of the reasons, though not necessarily the only one or the main one. The first Gulf War started as a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait over the latter supposedly not following oil production quotas and drilling oil across the border. Worried over possibility of further Iraq aggression, this time over Saudi Arabia (and its oil), US entered the conflict. It is also worth mentioning that one of the main reasons for the Japanese expansionism right before and during World War II (altogether known as the Pacific War) was the lack of natural resources that this rapidly industrialized country was facing.
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