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By Tahar Selmi
July 4-July 10 Issue
Tunis Hebdo - Page (French)
Since earliest antiquity, natural resources on and under the ground (precious metals, textiles, cereals, spices, and precious wood ...) have aroused the greed of merchants and States. These things represented, in their eyes, fortune, power and luxury. The trade in tin, silk, gold and money has left a profound imprint on history.
Today, our combat shows that little has changed, since raw materials remain at the heart of competition between the great powers, but now it is the energy sector, that strategic essential par excellence, which is the main focus of the fighting. One must understand that what this means is turmoil without end, turmoil which has afflicted the Arab countries of the Middle East like an original curse since the carving up of the Ottoman Empire.
Alone, Saudi Arabia holds a quarter of the planet’s proven oil reserves (262.7 billion barrels), followed by Iraq (112 billion barrels), the United Arab Emirates (97.8 billion barrels), Kuwait (96.5 billion barrels), Iran – a non-Arab Muslim country (93.1 billion barrels). On the whole, nearly two thirds of all known oil reserves are concentrated under the ground in these five countries.
This fabulous wealth makes this area "a
zone of strategic priority" for the West, and in particular the
Also, no one is deceived by George Walker
Bush’s explanations, the man who pushed for the invasion of the Mesopotamian
country. The argument advanced to justify the war, that there were weapons
of mass destruction in
As they are needed, new reasons come and go, but they don’t convince anyone. As for the argument about the dictatorial abuses of Saddam Hussein, that also rings false: In the Eighties, Washington never had the tiniest scruple about supporting the man in Baghdad, just as it supported other famous dictators: Marcos (The Philippines), Somoza (Nicaragua), Pinochet (Chile), Mobutu (Zaire), Batista (Cuba); and the list is far from exhausted.
For a president with a past in petroleum, and whose closest aides do as well, the stakes are too large to give up. This explains why the Master of the White House told the entire international community to “take a hike” – confounding citizens and civic groups alike – and plunging headlong into the winds and tides of open hostilities. The results, unfortunately for him, came to contradict his predictions.
It is an irony of fate and a supreme paradox:
this war had, amongst other things, the goal of reducing oil prices. This
was not to be, and in fact, the ensuing flames obliged the tenant of the Oval
Office to enact a law, under the terms of which the OPEC countries are liable
for sanctions and will from now on be subject to prosecution before an American
court. This decision represents a flagrant infringement of the economic liberalism
prevalent in the
The sacrosanct system of laws imposed on the world by Washington are, one after the other, being invoked and then violated by the Americans themselves, according to the circumstances, to preserve U.S. interests to the detriment of others and in the poorest countries in particular. By arranging "cartels" and other economic tricks, American companies have often managed to maintain world oil prices on a level most appropriate for themselves.
A vast empire with planetary dimensions,
the country of George Bush, which holds the destiny of humanity in its hands,
is an extraordinarily voracious country. A prolific producer, it is also greedy,
gluttonous and avid at consumption. Alone, the
By taking note of this, by underlining
what we believe to be true, we are in no way showing a "congenital hatred"