Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 05:05:55 AM EST
The strategic situation in the Middle East is eerily similar to the events that led Europe into war in 1914, a war that killed the youth of an entire generation. The War to End All Wars could much better be described as The War That Had To Be.
Wars are economic collisions first and foremost, all gussied up in nationalism afterwards. How did LLoyd George put it --- "Every belligerent in 1914 took up arms, either to repel a direct invasion of its territory, or to fulfill a precise obligation which could not be abandoned without shattering consequences to national prestige, morale, and interests"
We are slipping into war in the Middle East on an obscene carpet of blood and oil. No one "can afford" to step back from the edge. Here it comes. If you have not yet read Terence Ward's sobering presentation last week to the 5th Annual gathering of the Association for Study of Peak Oil, you will find the full text below the fold --
Full Text of Terence Ward's ASPO Talk