Tag Archives: Middle East

“Interesting Times” in the Oil Patch

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[courtesy Google Images]

Ancient Chinese curse:  “May you live in ‘interesting’ times.”


In the first week of A.D. 2016, Salon magazine published an article entitled “A year of war: 10 destructive armed conflicts the U.S. fueled in 2015”.   According to Salon,


“2015 was marked by violence and war. The most prevalent story in the U.S. media throughout the year was ISIS. The Paris attacks, mass shootings, police brutality, terrorism, the Charleston massacre and the refugee crisis were also among the top 10 stories of the year.”

That article illustrated an important point:  As A.D. 2015 ended, the mainstream media and the American people were focused on questions of war.  Would Syria erupt in full-scale war?  Would Russia declare war on Turkey?  Saudi Arabia with Iran?  Shiites with Sunnis?  ISIS sneaking backpack nukes into the US?  Israel with . . . well, Israel could be fighting with anyone.  What about the US goading China or Russia into WWIII?

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Baiting the Bear

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The Wall Street Journal (“Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Prices Amid OPEC Price War”):


“On Sunday [October 4, A.D. 2015], Saudi Arabia made deep reductions to the prices it charges for its oil, hard on the heels of cuts last month by rival producers in the Gulf.

“With U.S. production still increasing despite lower oil prices, members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are battling to keep their share of the last growing markets in Asia.

“The move comes as Iran, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East made deeper cuts in their official prices than Saudi Arabia last month.

“Saudi Arabia has vowed to keep pumping at high levels as it hopes lower oil prices will stimulate Asian demand and hit rival production in the U.S. that is expensive to produce.”

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Middle East, Oil, Russia


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The Curse of Crude

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Oil fire at the Rumaila Oilfield, Iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The political and economic “equations” that define the Middle East are too complex to be understood, let alone solved.  The number of competing forces and variables are innumerable.   Rates of change are too quick to comprehend or predict.  I doubt that there’s any cohesive order or even pattern in the Middle East.

We send ambassadors or armies to negotiate or impose commercial agreements or peace treaties.  When the negotiations (or invasions) are finished, what’s changed?  What’s been accomplished?  Nothing.  As soon as we turn away, chaos returns.

Look at Iraq.  After receiving over 8 years of tutelage (invasion, actually) in the fine art of democracy, as soon as Americans leave, the Iraqis are back to bombing and killing each other.

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Muslims, Oil, Values, War


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Iran Doesn’t Need Nuclear Weapons to Destroy Israel

Nuclear Power Plant Michigan City

Nuclear Power Plant (Photo credit: Paul J Everett)

Israel has at least one nuclear power plant.

Israel has one or more stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

Israel has an advanced biological weapons program.

Do these instances of nuclear and biological power make Israel strong or weak?

If the core of Israel’s nuclear power plant, and/or the stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and/or the stockpile of biological weapons are attacked and exploded by mere conventional explosives, Israel could be destroyed or at least badly damaged by the nuclear and/or biological weapons that are already on Israeli soil.

Iran has medium range ballistic missiles that are guided by GPS and therefore extremely accurate.  These medium range missiles are armed with conventional hi-explosives.  If these conventional explosives were to strike Israel’s nuclear power plant, nuclear stockpiles or bio-weapons facilities, the resultant dispersal of radioactive and biological contaminants could be sufficient to destroy or at least badly damage Israel.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Fukushima, Video, War


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Ex-CIA Agent: “America Creates Its Own Enemies”

The World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks

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There’s not one statement in this video (below) that strikes me as false.  I’m much surprised that an alleged “former CIA agent” would be “allowed” to go public with these allegations.  In fact, I’m so surprised, I’m left to wonder if Dr. Sawyer was ever really employed by the CIA.

But,whoever employed him, Dr. Sawyer makes a number of points that I absolutely agree with.  For example, he associates democracy (which I know to be a collectivist form of government) with Marxism.  He doesn’t say that democracy is collectivist, but he implies that fact.

He also recognizes that the current “war” in the Middle East is, at bottom, a “holy war”.  He’s absolutely correct.  More, we will lose that “holy war” if our government continues to fight as secularists and atheists.  Secularists and atheists fear death and therefore can’t possibly win a “holy war” against a people motivated by their faith and therefore willing to die. If you find yourself in a “holy war” either quit or find your own faith.  Christians, for example, can defeat Muslims.  Secularists cannot.  If you’re engaged in “holy war,” you must fight faith with faith.

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World Bank President: “One Shock Away from Full-Blown Crisis”

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Robert Zoellick (right) is President of the World Bank.*  Speaking in Washington at the recent spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Mr. Zoellick warned that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis.”  He cited rising food prices as the main threat to poor nations.

Mr Zoellick said, “The crisis in the Middle East and North Africa underscores how we need to put the conclusions from our latest world development report into practice. The report highlighted the importance of citizen security, justice and jobs.”

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn also expressed concerns about high levels of unemployment among young people:

“It’s probably too much to say that it’s a jobless recovery, but it’s certainly a recovery with not enough jobs.  Especially because of youth unemployment . . . there is now a risk that this will be turned into a life sentence, and that there is a possibility of a lost generation.”

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Gerald Celente: The 1st Great War of the 21st Century Has Begun

Gerald Celente ( relies on a secret technology that tracks scores of economic and political indicators, balances them, and then produces a resulting prediction.  He’s achieved considerable fame by making remarkably accurate predictions.

His video and radio presentations of his predictions are generally brash, but witty and bemused.

This prediction is different.  This is the first time I’ve seen Celente so angry, so furious.  He seems almost desperate, almost terrified.  There are moments when he appears almost ready to cry. He looks like he’s caught a glimpse of End Times.

If Celente’s emotionally-charged presentation is any indication, the world may be very close to the “1st Great War of the the 21st Century.”



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