posted on Apr, 13 2003 @ 05:28 PM
I dont think that anyone is really surprised at it so much as most aren't reading between the lines about it.
Essentially, we are in direct opposition to the French, Germans, and Russians: we are just using Iraq as a middleman for the dispute. The above
companies want the international oil economy to switch to the euro, thereby giving them a huge windfall in the economy, meanwhile the American
economy, and about 75% of the rest of the world economy will also spiral down the crapper. France, et al, are simply using Iraq as the "operator" to
kick this off, and therefore we are invading Iraq to prevent them doing this.
In terms of a direct armed conflict, France and Germany dont have the ability to stand against us, and know it, therefore they will use other
middlemen (Iran and Syria will be next up). Russia, being the strongest militarily are the likeliest of the above to stand against us, although highly