We all remembered the fallen this memorial day, honored and loved those who still fight today. To fight for ones country is the great achievement commonly celebrated on this day. Today though it is a perverse and very uncomfortable position which we are in.
I adore those close to me who serve and yet I pity them. They are fighting for our country, yet those who celebrate their service know absolutely nothing of what they are fighting for. Defeat terrorists? Humanitarian reasons? Democracy? Saddam’s atrocities? (which we enabled) or Ensuring a manageable global oil price? That would be more accurate.
Countless documents and reports from governments and media show all the way through 2001 to 2003 the buildup for the Iraq war was centered around Iraq’s possible possession of ¼ of the world’s easiest oil. Oil Saddam was successful in selling exclusively in Euros during 2002, usurping the USD position as reserve oil trading currency of the world, this was a threat; we’re not too fond of dominos.
Dick Cheney put stock in the theory that world oil production would peak before 2010, which it did. It made the situation that much more urgent.
Iraq is predicted to rival Saudi Arabia in its excess production capacity by 2016 at around 12 million barrels a day. An oil market hitting global decline will be glad for the input.
At or before that date I would like you all to pause and think; there is a small percentage of blood in all the world’s gas tanks. Maybe subsequent memorial days will be filled with thanks from all oil-using corners of the globe.
When you thank an Airman, Infantryman or Seaman for his service and defending your freedom, please do it sincerely and recognize which freedom you’re talking about.
I love this country and can’t stand to see it lied to.
http://www.thedebate.org/thedebate/iraq.asp <- those documents and media reports I referenced.