Friday, July 28, 2006
I am no prognosticator, but I predict that Israel, like America, is in a fight for her life. Not that the conflict in Southern Lebanon will widen, but whether the virus within will eventually triumph. Whether or not Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy (which some believe and some do not) the tiny nation is doing to itself what the United States is doing to itself. Under every desk in Washington D.C. and in every cave in the holy land there lurks a conspiracy. Each and every one of them is exposed here.
From time to time I console myself with the knowledge, obtained from polls, that ten to twelve percent of the American people believe that Elvis didn't die in 1977, that UFO's are real and intergalactic aliens visit earth from time to time to kidnap people for weird experiments, and that the Jews control world events. Considering that if eleven or twelve million Jews can control world events we might be well advised to get on their good side.
Again and again the anti-war crowd levels the charge against America that the present conflict in Iraq was undertaken with the intention of seizing control of Iraq's oil resources. If that is your position I would like to put forth a few questions that you should answer in order to support your contention.
1) In 1991 near the end of the Gulf War as the United States drove the Iraqis from Kuwait the retreating forces set the oil fields on fire. Some nine hundred wells were ablaze and were extinguished largely by American oilfield fire fighting companies. Why did the U.S. not simply apply the moral leverage acquired by those actions to maintain a controlling presence in those oilfields then, effectively controlling them?
2) The present conflict in Iraq began on March 19, 2003. At that time crude oil prices were hovering around 22 dollars a barrel and gasoline sold for about $1.80 a gallon. Today crude commands about 80 dollars a barrel and gasoline is pretty solidly over three dollars a gallon. If our intention was to control Middle East oil why has its price not followed the normal rise and fall of supply and demand?
3) Since the end of World War 2 and the Korean Conflict the United States has maintained troops in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Israel. None of these countries are oil producing entities. Why do we defend and support those nations?
If it is your contention that oil was the impetus driving America's invasion of Iraq please provide clear and substantial answers to the foregoing questions. The burden of proof is on the conspiracy theorist since it is impossible to disprove the absurd.
NOTE: Just in case the present conflict in Southern Lebanon is being driven by the potentially lucrative reconstruction contracts which will surely result, hold on to your Halliburton stock.