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But the question is in who's hands the oil is . . .if the oil barons care so much about the American people we will not be paying what we pay at the pump every day.
Is all about greed, control and power struggles . . .
Originally posted by LoKito
".......I will rather go to hell than follow a bunch of fools in to heaven...."
Originally posted by zappafan1
What part about "Oil companies profit only 8 to 12 cents per dollar invested" don't you understand???
Originally posted by zappafan1
To complain about that low a percentage means you have never been in business, 'nor do you know anything about basic economics. No insut intended, but, geez........
Really . . . you don't know nothing about me and you will never know . . . Yes I feel insulted. . . And . . . I am ashame for talking to much. . . darn me.
Yes is a dark side to the oil wars and the power within and behind our own government.
Chairman Richard Lugar flat out admitted that it was in our strategic interest to secure an uninteruptable flow of oil from the Middle East reagion.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
I would like to think the world is not run by people so stupid. A holy war.... no I can't agree with it, it may be part of it but not the whole thing, or even a majority. It is about oil, or possibly about generating a staging ground near China and Russia?
The Smokescreens of War
Moral Superiority, 9/11, Islamic-Fascism
The conflict in the Middle East is getting cloudier by the minute. As America continues to unilaterally support Israel's offensive, they are also deploying a variety of smokescreens in order to justify this war. We are seeing a trend of politicians who are trying to paint an environment of moral superiority over the rest of the world, while opening wounds from 9/11, and finally creating a Nazi-like image for their purported enemies. The average person who is relatively ignorant about world-affairs is the most susceptible to fall victim to these distractions. While it is their hope to gain unconditional support from the world by creating these smokescreens, we must do our best to avoid these temptations. Rather than just being deferent to the politicians and pundits, we must question the status quo. Listed below are three of the main smokescreens that have been employed to further justify this war:
• The Smokescreen of Moral Superiority
• The Smokescreen to Remind us of 9/11
• The Smokescreen of Islamic-Fascism
One Ring to Rule Them
Destroy Lebanon, and destroy Hizbullah, and you reduce Iran's strategic depth. Destroy the Iranian nuclear program and you leave it helpless and vulnerable to having done to it what the Israelis did to Lebanon. You leave it vulnerable to regime change, and a dragooning of Iran back into the US sphere of influence, denying it to China and assuring its 500 tcf of natural gas to US corporations. You also politically reorient the entire Gulf, with both Saddam and Khamenei gone, toward the United States. Voila, you avoid peak oil problems in the US until a technological fix can be found, and you avoid a situation where China and India have special access to Iran and the Gulf.
The second American Century ensues. The "New Middle East" means the "American Middle East."
And it all starts with the destruction of Lebanon.
Israel, Oil and the "planned demolition" of Lebanon
Israel's "economic freedom" depends in large part on its ability to become a central petroleum-depot for the global oil trade. In Michel Chossudovsky's recent article "Triple Alliance: US, Turkey, Israel and the War on Lebanon", the author provides a detailed account of the alliances and agreements which underscore the current war. As Chossudovsky says, "We are not dealing with a limited conflict between the Israeli Armed Forces and Hezbollah as conveyed by the Western media. The Lebanese War Theater is part of a broader US military agenda, which encompasses a region extending from the Eastern Mediterranean into the heartland of Central Asia. The war on Lebanon must be viewed as 'a stage' in this broader 'military road map'". Chossudovsky shows how the recently completed Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline has strengthened the Israel-Turkey alliance and foreshadows an attempt to establish "military control over a coastal corridor extending from the Israeli-Lebanese border to the East Mediterranean border between Syria and Turkey."
Former US ambassador James Atkins added, "This is a new world order now. This is what things look like particularly if we wipe out Syria. It just goes to show that it is all about oil, for the United States and its ally."
The Middle East is being reshaped according to the ideological aspirations of Zionists and the exigencies of a viciously-competitive energy market. Behind the bombed-out ruins of Qana and the endless sorties laying Lebanon to waste, are the tireless machinations of the energy giants, the corporate media, the banking establishment and Israel.
Don’t expect a quick return to peace. This war is just beginning.
A Clean Break:A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
Following is a report prepared by The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated. The report, entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," is the framework for a series of follow-up reports on strategy.
Securing the Northern Border
Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An effective approach, and one with which American can sympathize, would be if Israel seized the strategic initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hizballah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon, including by:
• Striking Syria’s drug-money and counterfeiting infrastructure in Lebanon, all of which focuses on Razi Qanan.
• Paralleling Syria’s behavior by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.
• Striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper.
Who Was Tolkien? John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent "counter-culture" largely because of his concern with environmental issues.