talk about bombing Iran might not be about nuclear weapons at
all. Notice that Iraq, Iran, and Venezuela all have/had one
thing in common: none of them wants/wanted to trade oil for
dollars anymore. In the case of Venezuela, they've partly gone
to a barter system... bypassing dollars by trading oil
directly for goods and services.
If more countries begin trading oil in euros or other
currencies, this will have serious repercussions for the US
economy... perhaps more serious than anything you've seen in
your lifetime. Some have suggested that this is the main
reason we went into Iraq in the first place. I don't argue the
point. It's always been about oil... but how oil trades might
be the most important issue. We might be able to delay it for
a little while, but the trading of oil in euros on a major
exchange is probably inevitable.
The truth is, we have convinced ourselves that because we are
now so dependent on oil, even the oil under other people's
soil should belong to us. And because we can get away with it,
we choose war and terrorism to secure our supplies. Our
strategic terrorism is not something we talk about. In the
reality of the Bush league, anyone who seeks to challenge
American supremacy--economic or otherwise--is evil and must be
destroyed. It's a deadly dead end road, with too many dead
already piled up along the curb.
The central issue is not complicated. The American strategy
now is centered on trying to RULE the world through fear and
intimidation. LEADING the world towards a reality of true
brotherhood and sustainability is what we need. But that
sounds like idealism. Who has time for such naivete? Right?
So we focus instead on policy issues rather than on the
forgotten critical issue, which is: who are we and what do we
stand for, as individuals and as a people?
What we need is a fundamental paradigm shift.
If Americans no longer care about or understand why it's
important to defend the rule of law, then we might as well
just keep on doing what we're doing: and that means, we might
as well do nothing, which is the preferred strategy of the
The leadership of both parties have given us a precedent:
criminals in business and in government can get away with
murder, treason, and other high crimes if they are powerful
enough and if their crimes are big enough.
So far, our response as citizens tends toward one of two
attitudes: 1) "as long as it doesn't effect me
personally, I just don't have time for this." or 2)
"You're right. I'm going to vote for the other party next
time." (In my view, the second attitude is simply a more
subtle version of the first.)
The American Experiment, which is an experiment in social
justice and personal responsibility, is on the brink.
If we don't change course, even if the Democrats win both
houses next election, we still won't leave Iraq and it's
doubtful that anyone will be impeached, even though there will
be a lot of noise on both fronts. Why? Neither party will
decide to leave Iraq in the end, because in the end it's all
about oil, money, and domination... and once they are on top,
money and power will look as interesting to Democrats as they
now do to Republicans.
Do you think Democrats or Republicans are going to just pack
up and leave the oil fields to the Iraqis--to nationalize them
all over again--now that we've reorganized them to suit our
We can't move into a hopeful future until we begin taking
responsibility for our tarnished past, which is something NO
elected representative, NO political party, and few Americans
appear willing to do.
If you are interested in living in a nation with other
enlightened, freedom loving people; if you are interested in
world peace; in a sustainable strategy for living on planet
Earth; if you want to give your children a fighting chance,
we're surely going to have to do a lot better than this.
It's no longer a matter of not knowing how...
It's a matter of not having the will or the courage to try.