Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
VERY TRUE. This is mainly the fault of corrupt govornments, who have based their whole existance and policy around oil, instead of thinking further
into the future and developing more diversified economies. But they arent the only ones in trouble: the whole world, especially the west, is in
deeper crap if they do not hurry up and start getting off their oil dependance, because the crap ain't gonna last forever
What are you talkin about, Skadi?! You know that's just a big fat conspiracy!
The difference between the majority of people in the mideast and us (in the West) is we have grown so fat and lazy and dependent on cheap oil
that we are pampered beyond belief. And our entire infrastructure is dependent onnit it. That is dangerous.
So many of the folks over there are used to living under a lower or different standard of living by comparison. They won't be nearly as shocked if
and when that day comes. Remember, if we're talking about people in Saudi Arabia (like the nomadic peoples & shepherds - and there are many),
they'll hardly be affected. They'll keep living life as they've always lived - off trade and off the land.
On the other hand, there are
many people dwelling in Saudi cities and villages who are young, in poverty and very pissed off at the fat cat
royals who, as Skadi pointed out, are not and have never done anything to cultivate industry (beyond oil) and to re-invest in its people. I guess
they've thought cultivating bizarro religious fanatacizm & blinde hatred for the west was a better way to go about it. That way, the anger is
It's terrible. I believe it is the House of Saud who is in danger of losing control, not Arab/Muslims or their society, per se. If
things got too out of hand, though, I believe those people would be dealt with in a massively brutal way by Saudi security forces. And we in the west
might never actually know the extent of that brutality. You know, what happens in Saudi, stays in Saudi.
So its not just one single ethnic group in trouble, but all of huanity if we do not change our wicked ways, in oil, economics, and foreign
policy and diplomacy.
What is it gonna take for our leaders to acknowledge this and for the oil industry to do the right thing? That's probly a pipe dream.
As long as
they're makin their caChing, their attitude will probly always be the same. F*** the useless feeders.
On another note, Skadi, you did two tours there, right? How much interaction did you have with the locals? Did you travel at all while in country?
Muchas Gracias, Evil_Elf.