reply to post by ollncasino
I can't argue with the vast majority of what you have written, but your assertion that Saddam trading oil in Euros had nothing to do with the
invasion rather begs the question why Iraq now trades oil in US dollars.
It's a legitimate question. I just don't see that as the primary reason for war. Merely the icing on a delicious political and financial cake.
Why does any nation want its currency to be the world reserve currency?
All that you listed is true, and to be honest, I view it as a handicap for US innovations. They know they will get great profits if they put out sub
par stuff. Tis the tragedy of a purely profit driven economy. I'll get into that in a bit.
I would argue, however, that there is more to it. You get US military hand-me-downs, nuclear protection, and political immunity if you
"accidentally" kill a bunch of people. One hundred years ago, we treated the nations we did business with as near equals. And, mostly, this is
because we were incredibly judgmental. If you killed people, we judged that and didn't do business with you. If you were nice, we judged that and did
do business wit you. In some cases, we forced it on you, like with Japan. Today, we don't care. If there's a profit, we're in it.
I have a book from 1897. It's a global voyager index, looking at architecture and cultures from around the world. But there's a curious thing about
this book. It shows the political mindset of the people at that time. Today we would call what is said in the book racist and dismiss it, but if we
look closer, we see something more. On one page, the book celebrates advanced cultures that are not white, and in other parts, more or less damns the
cultures they don't view as advanced and claims they are sub-human and doomed. This is interesting, because it's not actually racism as we would
call it. It's more than just an index. It's an opinionated review of the whole planet. And there's an even more interesting correlation. The
cultures it celebrates, the US did business with. The cultures if damns, the US avoided. It id not matter if there was more profits in the bad
culture. The US simply refused to deal with such people, or if they did, they exterminated them for their cannibalism and primitiveness.
I take this for an argument. That the US looked at more than just profits back at this time period. It looked at social gain. To the people, and to
At some point in WW2 and after, this business ethos was lost. And as a result, we started only caring about profits, and not the people we were
without any need to conform to any set social ideal, people just wanted to be with the US because they had the bigger guns, not because they had any
demand to behave socially a certain way.
I don't really know where I'm going with this. But I think what I'm saying is this. That the reason for these nonsense wars is profit and political
power. There was a time where you HAD to act a certain way in order to have the US do business with you. Today, it only matters that you can make them
I think it is therefore good that the dollar looses its superiority. Because we need to start being more socially responsible with who we do business
with. You can nation build purely from economic power, not just military power.