“If you take each war we have “injected” our country into over the past ten years and examine it very closely, you will find one common denominator. And it is that same old dirty mean and nasty thing….OIL! Take oil out of the equation and there would have been no wars in these countries. There are many other countries which have been as guilty, if not more so, than the ones we have insisted on “picking on” and yet you have hardly heard a word about them. I would say it is safe to assume it is because they are lacking the common denominator…they have nothing we want! Especially as much as we want that oil so we loosely weave together issues based mostly on bad or fabricated intelligence to justify attacking these countries so we can do whatever is necessary to invade and what is the very first thing we do? Secure our position around their oil reserves and wells!”
Phil Donahue, an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of ‘The Phil Donahue Show’, was interviewed recently and had some very common sense arguments against the next war. “You can hear the drums in the background,” says Phil as we listen to any one of the Presidential candidates on the campaign trail. “You can’t use an anti-war platform to get elected, so maybe that explains why it’s so easy for us to go to war.” Phil’s right, but I certainly hope he’s wrong…
Phil Donahue on the foreign policy
of a warrior nation
The Iranian oil embargo:
does this mean war?
The decision to impose an EU oil embargo on Iran, agreed on Monday by European foreign ministers, sets a potential bomb ticking, timed to detonate on 1 July.
On that day, according to the package of measures on the table in Brussels, Europe will stop importing oil from Iran, about a fifth of the country’s total exports. At about the same time, US sanctions targeted at the global financing of Iran’s oil trade will also kick in. Iran could still export some of its oil to Asia, but at big discounts.
Unlike previous sanctions on Iran, the oil embargo would hit almost all citizens and represent a threat to the regime. Tehran has long said such actions would represent a declaration of war, and there are legal experts in the west who agree.
The threat of an immediate clash in the Gulf appeared to recede over the weekend when the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and its task force, including the British frigate HMS Argyll and a French warship, travelled through the strait of Hormuz without incident. This was despite warnings earlier this month from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that it would oppose the return of a US carrier to the region.
But tensions are almost certain to build again as the effective date of the oil sanctions approaches. The US has already begun beefing up its military presence in the region, and the IRGC is planning new naval war games next month. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency earlier this month that the upcoming exercises, codenamed “the Great Messenger”, would be different from previous war games, without going into detail.
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