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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
STRANGLING OUR OIL SUPPLY
RAW MATERIALS, MARKETS, AND THE ACTS OF NATIONS
When the European powers needed raw materials; rubber, petroleum, etc.) they went out into the "developing nations" and developed the export of these raw materials so they could be used for manufacture. The colonies in the under-developed (now called "developing") countries also served as a market for the European powers' manufactured goods. (Remember Mahatmas Ghandi spinning cotton on a spinning wheel so as not to have to buy cotton from Great Britain?)
Times have changed, our people have changed, they have placed the so-called "developing" nations at a par with the developed nations. Hence, the pay exhorbitantly for raw materials that the West needs to survive.
Colonialism may be dead--its exploitation and abuses as well as benefits to the colonized may be argued--but we Americans, who run on petroleum are at the point where our economy will collapse, and sooner than later we will not be able to defend ourselves against the murderous beasts yapping inside and outside our country whose aim to make us submit to them (Islam means "submission" not "peace").
What to do? Would you rather have your children die than affront the princelings, emirs and sheiks of the oil-producing countries by putting it to them bluntly: no affordable oil from you, then no manufactured goods from us--least of all armaments--no more weapons, fighter planes, etc.--and that's what the war-like Moslems love most: arms and platforms to carry them (to kill whom? Why the Jews!)
Should these "developing" oil-rich nations (whose oil was discovered and produced by the West) refuse to give us what we need most now, threaten to destroy us economically, there is one way left to survive.
If it is either them or us, whom would you prefer to succeed?
How Arab-Dominated OPEC Held Up the United States
Brazen Highway Robbery!
October 17, 1973 - Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC - founded in 1960 by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Venezuela with principle objective of raising price of oil) announced decision to cut oil exports to United States, other nations that provided military aid to Israel in Yom Kippur War of October 1973; exports to be reduced by 5 percent every month until Israel evacuated territories occupied in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967; December, 1973 - full oil embargo imposed against United States and several other countries, prompted serious energy crisis in nations dependent on foreign oil; price of oil quadrupled; result = price gouging, gas shortages, rationing; March 1974 - embargo against the United States lifted after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiated military disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel; by 1980 - price of crude oil 10 times higher than in 1973; influence of OPEC on world oil prices declined; alternate sources of energy (coal, nuclear power, new oil fields) tapped in United States, other non-OPEC oil-producing nations.
HOW OPEC BEGAN
September 14, 1960 - Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela formed OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), as a permanent, intergovernmental Organization, at Baghdad Conference on September 10–14, 1960; later joined by: Qatar (1961); Indonesia (1962); Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (1962); United Arab Emirates (1967); Algeria (1969); Nigeria (1971); Ecuador (1973–1992), Gabon (1975–1994);
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Sand Trap Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia by Thomas W. Lippman Westview. 390 pp. $27.50 Reviewed by Joshua Kurlantzick For Americans, one of the most jarring revelations about the attacks of 9/11 was the fact that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis—citizens, that is, of a supposed ally. Polls now show that over 70 percent of the public view Saudi Arabia as untrustworthy, with no small number considering the country an outright adversary. In Washington, politicians once eager for invitations to the Saudi embassy now dodge Prince Bandar, the kingdom’s envoy, while energy experts contemplate alternatives to Saudi oil.In Inside the Mirage, Thomas Lippman tries to put this increasingly tense relationship in historical perspective. A longtime Middle East bureau chief for the Washington Post, Lippman traces American involvement in Saudi Arabia back to its roots almost a century go. Though the war on terror is not his subject—and barely registers in his account—he makes clear that, long before the unhappy events of 9/11, all was far from well in our dealings with the House of Saud.
THE BEGINNNING OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE U.S. STANDARD OIL COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA (SOCAL) AND THE RULER OF SAUDI ARABIA
. . . Oil, of course, would soon liberate Saudi Arabia from hardship, and most accounts of the kingdom’s stunningly rapid modernization begin with the narrative of its oil industry: the 1933 signing of the concession agreement with the Standard Oil Company of California (SOCAL), the 1938 gusher at the now legendary well called Dammam No. 7 and, in 1939, the first export shipment of crude oil.
And yet the full story began several years before SOCAL arrived on the scene. There were reasons why ‘Abd al-‘Aziz chose far-off America as his partner in development rather than Britain, then the dominant foreign power in the region. Some of these reasons were geopolitical: The king was protective of his independence and his new sovereignty, he mistrusted Britain because of its record as a colonizer, and the Americans offered more money.
But beyond these, the king’s reasons were also personal. He had never traveled outside the Arabian Peninsula and had met few foreigners, but over the years he had come into close contact with a handful of Americans who had won his trust. As often happens, respect between individuals opened the doors of commerce and built the foundation of an otherwise unlikely partnership between an industrialized United States and an as yet undeveloped Saudi Arabia.
For the better part of a century, Americans have participated in the development of almost every aspect of contemporary Saudi life except religion. In addition to setting the oil industry in motion, it was Americans who helped mechanize Saudi agriculture, create the national airline, set up the national television network and organize the central bank. Americans trained and equipped the several branches of the Saudi armed forces, and Americans provided educational opportunities for countless thousands of students, many of whom are today national and corporate leaders.
It is important to recognize that the work of those Americans who won the king’s favor in the first third of the 20th century was not undertaken at the behest of the United States government. Until World War II, Washington had no official interest in Saudi Arabia, and it stationed no representative in the kingdom. The pioneers of partnership were private individuals, and it was a measure of ‘Abd al-‘Aziz’s wisdom that he took advantage of what they offered to improve the lives of his subjects.
--from "The Pioneers," Saudi Aramco World
HOW IS THE "LOVE-FEAST" BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SAUDI ARABIA GOING?
Saudis rule out oil increases
MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ruled out further increases in crude production following its June 23  announcement that it would pump an extra half-million barrels a day.
More . . .
Fitzgerald: The price of oil, and how it got there
Also, be sure to see . . .
Pissed off by the price of gas?--gasoline, petrol, gasolina?
. . . if you haven't read it yet
tells you all about the Saudis, how they got the oil, etc.
JIHADISTS LAUNCHED ECONOMIC STRIKE AGAINST THE U.S.