6 March 2003 * Richard Lancaster
As the price of oil (POO) continues to rise the American love
affair with the current president seems to be tapering off.
Internationally there is a cacophony of protest against the
approaching war. Almost every where else across the planet
the people seem to be protesting in record numbers against
what they see as an unnecessary conflict in the making. There
is a crisis of confidence building.
Sure they’d like to see the end of Saddam and his murderous,
dictatorial regime, but does the world really need another
The US corporate media continues to paint this dissension
towards the president as disapproval of the American people
by foreigners, but the people of the world seem to be adamantly
stating that this is disapproval of current foreign policy
– not a dislike of America or its people. Wherever I’ve been
in the world the majority of people have done all they can
to emulate American values and lifestyles - most people would
love to live in the United States.
Most people in the world look to America to lead them, to
lead the way toward a more just and honest planet. They love
and respect so many of the rights and freedoms Americans and
other Westerners enjoy. The vast majority admires and wishes
to achieve these rights, these freedoms, and the western lifestyle
that goes with them.
It seems somewhat likely that there are several thousand Islamic
fundamentalists in the world hell-bent on hurting America.
This may be true. If so, it is indeed something to be acutely
aware of and America should be determined to combat through
the justice system and all of the power of international law.
Terrorists must be brought to justice, whether they are corporate-backed
dictators and puppets of western interests, or rogue dictators
who have forced their own agenda to the forefront. Either
way, they and their backers should and must be brought to
justice. That is the way we do things in the west, we use
the institutions we proudly erected around the world; we stay
within the law; we trust our due process; and we doggedly
bring the bad guys to justice.
Now you and I know that at the end of the day we must stay
within the judicial system if we want to support and respect
what we in the west value. It's similar to parenting. If you
don’t stand up for what you believe in and set an example
for your children, and instead act in a contradictory fashion
using deception and lies in order to keep them in line – well
then you are doomed to fail as a parent. You lose credibility
at a basic level. Consistency, discipline, and fairness through
action and deed are totally necessary in order to form and
maintain a stable home life as well as maintain a stable governing
climate. Both require integrity.
So if we can work this out and see the discrepancies as the
simple peasants we are, then surely our leaders already must
realize this as well. This leads to the conclusion that maybe
the war is about something other than going against international
law, protocol, and the public opinion of the planet just to
get this bad guy?
what on earth could possibly be more important than snuffing
Saddam, our own real life Dr. Evil?
Well, for the past 2 years Iraq has been paid in Euros instead
of US Dollars for the small amount of oil they’ve been allowed
to export. If this trend were to catch on with say Iran and
Venezuela, well then who knows what might happen next! The
US Dollar is already in a world of hurt and possibly 20% overvalued
still. If other oil producing nations shift to the Euro and
out of the US Dollar then the US economy will suffer dramatically
and most probably sink in to the 2nd Great Depression sooner
rather than later.
However, if we go to war with Dr. Evil and fail to achieve
the objective immediately – securing the oil fields, replacing
the regime and kicking out the French and German Euro (which
Britain is not a part of at this point) – then we are likely
to see spiking oil prices to levels never seen before, a crisis
in leadership, and an acceleration towards the 2nd Great Depression!
This leaves just one option in the minds eye of our management.
Go to war and win very quickly. This outcome would potentially
bring about a stay of execution for the US economy. We would
suddenly see oil prices drop, euphoria over winning such an
obviously “justifiable” war would boost the market temporarily,
and we’d all feel relieved that this was behind us.
After the euphoria wore off, maybe after the next presidential
election, we’d then begin to slowly creep towards the 2nd