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POLITICS: British government documents just made public.

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posted on Jan, 1 2004 @ 12:15 PM
The United States considered using force to seize oilfields in the Middle East during an oil embargo by Arab states in 1973, according to British government documents just made public.

[Edited on 1-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]

posted on Jan, 1 2004 @ 05:28 PM
British spy chiefs warned after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war that they believed the United States might invade Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi to seize their oil fields, according to records released Thursday.

A British intelligence committee report from December 1973 said America was so angry over Arab nations' earlier decision to cut oil production and impose an embargo on the United States that seizing oil-producing areas in the region was "the possibility uppermost in American thinking."

Details of the Joint Intelligence Committee report were released under rules requiring that some secret documents be made public after 30 years. The report suggested that then-President Nixon might risk such a drastic move if Arab-Israeli fighting reignited and the oil-producing nations imposed new restrictions.

The 1973 embargo and production cuts, used by oil-rich Arab nations as a means to pressure the United States and Western Europe, caused a major global energy crisis and sent oil prices skyrocketing.

[Edited on 1-1-2004 by The Real Deal]

posted on Jan, 2 2004 @ 10:37 PM
Here's what I find interesting.....
The British Government believed and reported that Saddam was trying to obtain uranium from Niger. In such, many, many here discounted those reports and YET will swallow, hook, line, and sinker, this report given by the very same British Government.....
Very interesting....isn't it?



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