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Standing On Blood And Oil

by Antifa 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


Here it comes.

If no one will turn away from war, war happens.

Frames exist within larger frames. Draw a larger frame around your opponent's frame; he will appear wrong or insufficient. This is how wizards play.

by Antifa (antifa@bellsouth.net) on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 05:09:03 AM EST
Is that full text posted with permission?

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 05:44:55 AM EST
...and a link?

We don't want to get into copyright problems...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 06:07:50 AM EST
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"similar to the events that led Europe into war in 1914"

Where are the interlocking treaties between dozens of European powers that lead each to join the war to protect another? The American Empire hasn't done a very good job of lining up the French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, etc. to go to battle with them. And Lebanon hasn't done a very good job getting Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Libya to support them.

I don't buy the "it's the end of the world" scenario. It's a bad, stupid situation, but it's a small battle compared to either World War or even a multitude of other regional wars.

by asdf on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 09:56:50 AM EST

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