I recently re-blogged a disturbing piece (“Region Three Disaster Preparations”–link on side) about clues of an upcoming potential disaster on the East Coast in FEMA Region III. Military weapons being moved secretly to the East Coast, MRE’s being ordered in the millions for Region III, soldier’s leave cancelled, UN troops being trained for US civilian fighting and so on. There may be an answer in the desire to go to war with Syria.
US badly wants to go to war with Syria. Why? WHY?!?!
It may have nothing to do with the fluoride and potassium they are “hoarding”. After all, we are exposed to sodium fluoride in our drinking water every day. A potent neurotoxin, whose effects were supposedly discovered by the Nazi’s as one of their chemical cocktails on Holocost victims. A bi-product of industry.
I stumbled across this long thread from a very interesting site called Above Top Secret that gave a great overview of the history of MIddle Eastern Oil. Stupidly, I did not know that it was mandated 100 years ago that oil prices are pegged to the dollar. Not gold, nor any other currency. The dollar. Without this agreement, our economy would collapse and it would become as valueless as the Confederate Bill. So read this re-blogged thread, if you are interested, and as stupid as I was about why we are in the situation where we need to be Big Brother. And I hope you feel as sick over it as I do. The below is hard to stomach; we sound like complete assholes. Makes me want to move to Canada…..darn winters.
I have bolded important parts of the Dollar to Oil peg history to help with the long explanation.
And, if a “Disaster” strikes soon, making it imperative that we strike out against Syria, remember this. At least you, and I, will understand why.
” I will start with the reality of why we are talking about going to war with Syria and let things tie in as they come up. It all starts with Iran and Saudi Arabia, way back in 1901 when a wealthy Englishman, William Knox D’Arcy, approached Mozzafar al-Din Shah Qatar, the ruler of Iran, about an oil concession. The oil industry worldwide was booming and growing, and local reserves, especially in England, were insufficient for the demand. Shah Qatar agreed, and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company was founded with vast oil reserves found under the sand. This started a boom in the Middle East with other countries searching for oil under various countries with various concessions… at least outside the United States, who was behind the curve in exploration of International oil.
When the Standard Oil of California (SOCAL) finally decided that perhaps foreign oil reserves would be a profitable venture, there were precious few countries left to explore. Europe and India had closed all concessions except for one: Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia did not have the geological signatures that at the time were thought to coincide with oil deposits, and as a result the Saudis watched as their neighbors became filthy rich while they were left destitute. So they were happy to grant a concession when SOCAL approached them in 1933. SOCAL struck oil, which would turn out to be the largest reserves in the area, in 1938, making the Saudis wealthy. Since that day, the Saudis have been friendly to US interests.
In Iran, there were problems brewing almost since the concession was signed. Iran’s Constitutional Revolution started in 1905 and lasted for two years before giving way to various attempts by deposed Shahs to reclaim the throne from the ruling body, the Majiles. The Majiles were a democratically elected parliament that has for a short time served as a type of co-ruler beside the Shahs of the Qatar Dynasty, but the Majiles were unhappy about the concessions signed to the oil companies. The feeling was that too much control had been given to outside interests over what was an Iranian asset. Finally, after a series of internal events too numerous to list outside of a large book, the Majiles accepted Reza Shah as ruler in 1921.
What most people don’t realize is that Reza Shah had help obtaining his position. American business men had begun investing in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company during this time, and both American and British interests assisted the new regime. Reza Shah was sympathetic to Western interests and would put to an end the turmoil that had threatened the concession rights to Iranian oil. The main accomplishment so far as the oil interests were concerned, was that he managed to decrease the authority of the Majiles. He turned out to be a fairly decent ruler, however, and in general had the support of his people. Reza Shah was responsible for the vast majority of the Westernization of Iran, even changing the name from Persia to Iran. In 1941, British troops forced his abdication to his son, Mohammed Reza Shah.
Mohammed Reza Shah was another story altogether. The Iranian people hated him; Mohammed Reza turned out to be a poor ruler who ignored the needs of his people and who ruled with an iron hand and according to his mood. In 1975, that mood saw proper to establish a single-party government and to declare any citizens who disagreed with the Monarchy as illegal activists. He did retain one characteristic of his father: he was happy to accommodate Western interests. He also was forced to abdicate his throne, but this time it was by the reformed Majiles who seized power in a violent revolution. In 1979, several Iranians seized the United States Embassy and held its occupants hostage until January 20, 1981, demanding the return of Mohammed Reza Shah to Iran for justice. The Shah was never returned, and that incident has left a deep scar in the psyche of Iranians who now see the United States as the major cause fo the tumultuous history they endured.
Why is this history lesson important? Because Iran is important. Mohammed Reza Shah was the leader of OPEC during its early years, and as he was friendly to US interests, he and Saudi Arabia conspired together with those interests to establish an oil distribution system that tied the value of Middle Eastern oil to the United States dollar. No country could purchase oil unless they had dollars; rubles, yen, lira, or pounds were not accepted. Monies had to first be converted to dollars. This was a boon to the US banking industry, and especially to the newly-created Federal Reserve. Instead of having to have gold and silver on hand to meet demands for redemption of gold and silver certificates, the dollars could be backed by the absolute need for oil shared by every developed and developing country across the globe.
In 1934, the United States, in response to the Great Depression, nationalized gold. This act effectively suspended the conversion of dollars for gold, since any citizen demanding conversion was assured of then having his money confiscated. While this did not last forever, it was an interesting experiment in that it proved that obvious monetary backing is less important for those using the currency than faith in the currency itself. When OPEC formed in 1960 and began the dollar-oil peg, movements began to completely remove the gold standard, movements which reached fruition in 1976. The dollar was now assumed to be fiat, although in actuality its strength was backed by the dollar-oil peg.
The foundation for this movement was laid shortly after WWII at the Bretton Woods Meeting. The United States, playing on its status after the devastation of the war left other countries in tatters, came out with the dollar as the International Reserve Currency, which made the dollar-oil peg easier to accomplish later on.
Everything went fine with this plan, especially with Saudi Arabia maintaining a leadership role in OPEC, until the dollar started showing some signs of instability. Under International Reserve Currency status, the dollar has value by definition to any developed or developing nation. That’s how the United States has managed to get away with fiscal policy that would flatten any company if a similar measure of “borrow-spend-print more-pay back maybe someday” were used. That is why the US debty is hovering around $16 trillion with no end in sight. To Americans, this has become just the way things are: the United States can print whatever it needs and everything will be OK. But to the rest of the world, this extravagance began to be troubling… especially to the Middle East, with their most precious resource tied so closely to that stumbling dollar.
We now return to our history lesson… shortly after the Iranian Hostage Crisis, war broke out between Iran and Iraq, an essentially religious war between the Shia Muslims of Iran and the Sunni Muslims of Iraq. Concerned about Iran gaining too much power without the strong hand of an American-led Shah to guide them, the US turned to the enemy of Iran, a man named Saddam Hussein, who was also friendly to the West, having been assisted into power by Western operatives. As the enemy of our enemy, Saddam was aided in the war by Jimmy Carter’s administration. After the war, however, an argument broke out between Saddam and the tiny port country of Kuwait. Iraq had protected Kuwait throughout the war, and asked that, in lieu of reparations for their protection and to aid Iraq in rebuilding a devastated country, Kuwait forgive a $30 million loan to Iraq. Kuwait refused, and also refused to cooperate with Saddam in other efforts to raise capital to rebuild Iraq. Finally, Saddam learned that Kuwait had been slant-drilling into Iraqi oil fields and approached the US with his grievances. The US refused to help, and Saddam took the only measure he could reasonably take: invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
This action had much more interest in the United States than his arguments had. Under George Bush Sr., the US went to war with Iraq. In the middle of the war effort, the United States stopped actions against Iraq, immediately after forcing them to withdraw from Kuwait. The American people were perplexed, but if they had realized that this was not a war but rather a “spanking” to an ally who was simply misbehaving, they would not have been so.
The aftermath of the war included severe economic sanctions on Hussein, which further exasperated his efforts to rebuild Iraq. Finally, after the UN implemented the Oil-For-Food program in 1996 in response to humanitarian concerns, Saddam found a way to get his oil sold for profit, with the assistance of an oil-hungry Russia. But this meant that in order to circumvent the oil embargo, Hussein had sold his oil for rubles… not dollars.
This revelation was coming to light in intelligence circles prior to the events of September 11, 2001, and the attack on the Twin Towers was just what was needed to get the American people behind a full military overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Suddenly pulling back after forcing a retreat was not enough; Iraq was invaded and Hussein’s regime was overthrown, leading to George Bush Jr.’s infamous early declaration of victory. Bearing in mind the purpose behind the war, Saddam Hussein’s complete overthrow, his declaration was actually quite well-timed. Unfortunately, the remnants of his regime were not so easy to eliminate, and continuous fighting kept us active in the region until it was finally realized that there was an even greater need to be in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein had started a trend, and with the dollar’s strength in question, other countries decided to depeg their oil from the dollar as well. Starting in Egypt, the Arab Springs saw several countries overthrown and new pundits placed into power amid rumors that each was influenced by American black ops. When one looks at the revolutions compared to each countries fiscal policies regarding the dollar-oil peg, it becomes clear these are more than just rumors; each revolution occurred soon after an intent was shown to depeg from the dollar.
This correlation has one major exception: Iran. Iran depegged from the dollar officially in 2007 and in 2008 unveiled the Iranian Oil Bourse, a commodity trading exchange based in Iran and open to all currencies. The only reason this was allowed was because the United States was unable to stop it; Iran’s intense hatred of the West makes covert operations inside Iran notoriously difficult, if not nigh impossible. As a result, the United States has had to take other steps to protect its economic interests. Enter the Iranian nuclear weapons program. To date, no uranium enrichment has been found that tested for over the 20% enrichment limit for LEU fuel, save a tiny amount so small it was reported by the UN inspectors not as an amount, but as a “trace.” Considering that Iranian centrifuges have been tampered with by Western interests via the infamous Stuxnet virus, some amount of anomalies is not surprising. Stuxnet operated by reprogramming the PLCC interfaces between the Iranian nuclear research network and the centrifuges used to enrich the uranium. BY making minor adjustments rapidly while the centrifuges were turning, the virus caused them to literally shake themselves apart. The virus could have very easily caused the centrifuges to increase their spin speed, causing anomalies in the resulting uranium enrichment.
It was never officially proven who created and released Stuxnet, but the code bears strong resemblance to US and Israeli code used elsewhere in the defense departments.
Yet, this trace amount combined with a few national security delays when inspectors showed up unexpectedly, have been used to stir up a firestorm of sentiment against Iran. Everything is now set to not just invade Iran, but to remove Iran from existence. All that is needed is for one country to decide that it has no choice but to respond to these “obvious” threats than to take immediate proactive measures and launch a pre-emptive strike. I am talking about Israel. Israel has some legitimate concerns: their small size means a single nuke would wipe them out of existence, and since Israel is a strong ally of the US, Iran has indeed made as many strong comments against them as they have toward us. Should the US strike against a sovereign country without direct provocation or obvious cause, it would be seen as ghastly an act as Hitler’s actions at the beginning of WWII. But Israel, with its concerns, might be able to pull it off, especially with a little covert help from the US.
One problem still exists, and this of course is where we started: Syria. As Iran’s major ally in the area, Syria under Assad is a loose cannon waiting to go off should Israel strike against Iran. Syria must therefore be subjugated just like the other countries in the Arab Spring. But Syria has not given in to revolution quite as readily as did Egypt or Libya. Doubtless with aid from Iran, who obviously can see what’s going on, Syria has stood… and stood… and stood… until now we must get involved personally to correct his heinous abuse of chemical weaponry.
It’s not about religion… it’s not about oil… it’s not about Israel… it’s all about the dollar and its relation to global oil supplies.
Should we lose the International Reserve Currency status, our economy will collapse into something unrecognizable overnight. The dollar will become so worthless it would take a wheelbarrow to carry enough money to buy a week’s worth of food. The stock market will crash to an extent that it will not recover from. The Great Depression will look like a hiccup in a ticker tape by comparison… and the politicians, power brokers, and bankers know it. It will not just affect the middle class and below; this one will take everyone invested in the dollar out.
The real problem now, and the reason I have decided to put this out there for all the ridicule and disbelief that will inevitably be the result, is that the American people aren’t buying it this time. The public and even the Congressional sentiment is against direct intervention in Syria, despite the chemical weapons card being played to great advantage. It’s almost as bad as in the days prior to our involvement in WWII, when FDR wanted badly to bring America into the war and America refused. It took an attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to bring American sentiment around. Memos found after the war indicate that the Japanese were not just deciding to commit suicide on the US for the fun of it; American military actions, intentionally leaked information, and International posturing tricked the Japanese into believing America was about to strike them, and they simply chose to strike first. Those brave soldiers who died that day died for one reason: so we could fight the war.
Today, the President finds himself in a similar position. He has to bring the US military to bear in an unpopular action, directly against the will of the American people and Congress. How to do it? Look at history. We tricked the enemy into attacking us back in 1941, and we will do it again. This time the target will not be military, and the attackers will not appear out of a blue Hawaiian sky. This time the attackers prefer homemade bombs set off in civilian targets to cause the most devastating effect possible.
I believe we will see a terrorist attack on par with 9-11 within the next short time frame. I also pray I am wrong.
Thanks to “TheRedneck” for this excellent comment thread on the situation in Syria.