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October 10, 2003
Oil For..Dollars...no, Euros

I don't know when it was, but I know that at one point I blogged a link to an essay by someone who said we were making war on Iraq in order to lay claim to their oil because we were afraid of the economic consequences to the USofA if OPEC went off the dollar standard and used euros, instead.

Whoever wrote that article (I'll google for it, later) seems prescient now.

In the meantime, it's not the original story, but here's an article on a similar subject, "Of Oil, the Euro and Africa".

And read, Not Oil, But Dollars vs. Euros .

And then read, another one.

And then, read, The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War with Iraq: A Macroeconomic and Geostrategic Analysis of the Unspoken Truth

(Or here for the same article, this time attributed to W. Clark instead of W.C. "W. Clark"? Wesley, maybe? )

Note that all of these people were writing months ago. It would seem that they knew what they were talking about.

The real reason the Bush administration wants a puppet government in Iraq - or more importantly, the reason why the corporate-military-industrial network conglomerate wants a puppet government in Iraq - is so that it will revert back to a dollar standard and stay that way" (while also helping veto any wider OPEC momentum for the switch from Iran - which is seriously considering switching to euros as their oil transaction currency as of Sept 2002 - or other members such as Saudi Arabia whose regime appears increasingly threatened/weak from an internal coup). The administration is acutely aware of this and in preparation for invading Iraq we will create a huge and permanent military presence in the Persian Gulf region, just in case we need to grab Saudi's oil fields as well as Iraq’s oil fields…

"Saddam sealed his fate when he decided to switch to the euro in late 2000 and converted his $10 billion reserve fund at the U.N. to euros - at that point, another manufactured Gulf War become inevitable under Bush II. Only the most extreme circumstances could possibly stop that now and I strongly doubt anything can - short of Saddam getting replaced with a pliant regime."

Check out the December, 2002, Democratic Underground thread the above was quoted fromn. It offers some interesting links.

Although there are numerous reports that Clinton's outgoing Administration warned the incoming Bush Bunch that the Taliban was planning something serious, and that they needed to hit bin Laden before he hit us, the Bush Administration chose to ignore the threat until, as near as I can tell, about 30 days before 9/11, when the intelligence services seem to have begun demanding that someone pay attention to them.

And yet, days after the Afghanistan-based, religious-extremist, Taliban murdered over 3,000 people, the Administration seems to have started laying the groundwork for an invasion of the largely-secular-and-certainly-unconnected-to-9/11 country of Iraq.

That didn't make sense to me until I read the original article I mention above.

And now, of course, it's starting to make even more sense. The invasion is about "protecting the American people" in the sense that the Supreme Court once rules that corporations are people.

(Okay, I'm not stupid. A depression, or even another severe recession, wouldn't be good for the USofA public, no. And we'd like to avoid that kind of thing, yes. I would personally have preferred that we do it without killing a few thousand bystanders, but such delicate squeamishness is probably why I'm not a politician. I'm just saying, okay? It's a pity this country has been so pushy and arrogant over the last couple of decades. Now we're reaping the fruits of our failure to live up to our own ideals when dealing with the international community.*)

(* No, I can't prove that. Nor can I cite a link. It's an opinion.)

Posted by AnneZook at 01:29 PM