US bombing Libya? So, oil?

Just on a hunch I googled “Libya oil”:

“Oil reserves in Libya are the largest in Africa and the ninth largest in the world.”

No surprise at all.

map of global oil resources, aka targets

The US does not bomb people in order to help them politically, nor to protect US civilians from “terrorism”. Civilians are not a valuable commodity. They do bomb people to get oil, aka “the black gold”, and for no other reason in recent history as far as I can tell.

“The Afghanistan oil pipeline project was finally able to proceed in May 2002. This could not have happened if America had not taken military action to replace the government in Afghanistan.”

“President Bush’s Cabinet agreed in April 2001 that ‘Iraq remains a destabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East’ and because this is an unacceptable risk to the US ‘military intervention’ is necessary.”

I must be getting really paranoid. I googled “Vietnam oil” too, and found these:

“Herbert Hoover, later to become President of the United States did a study that showed that one of the world’s largest oil fields ran along the coast of the South China Sea right off French Indo-China, now known as Vietnam. – Denny, Ludwell, We Fight of Oil, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1928.”

“US analyst Ludwell Denny in his book “We Fight for Oil” noted the domestic oil shortage and says international diplomacy had failed to secure any reliable foreign sources of oil for the United States. Fear of oil shortages would become the most important factor in international relations, Denny said.

“That empire in Southeast Asia is the last major resource area outside the control of any one of the major powers of the globe….I believe that the condition of the Vietnamese people, and the direction in which their future may be going, are at this stage secondary, not primary.” (Senator McGee, D-Wyo., in the U.S. Senate, Feb. 17, 1965) ”

So, while I remain very ignorant, it’s clear enough to me that oil is more of a concern to the US war-makers than “terrorism” or “communism”.

Iraq, Afghanistan, perhaps Vietnam, and now Libya: wars for oil.

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3 Responses to US bombing Libya? So, oil?

  1. sswam says:

    Oh, and now again they do something stupid, and so I feel I must comment…

    Obama: “Justice has Been Done”

    What, Justice? So, 5+ million Americans died that day??

    Nope, they allegedly slew some one (1) Arab leader, for obscure reasons. Possibly just in the small scale, but not it’s not war-stopping Justice at the national level. For that, New York (or whatever) would have to suddenly sink into the Ocean.

    Or, did you not know, they then started (or, continued) wars against unrelated countries Iraq and Afghanistan, and 300,000+ Arab civillian lives, more likely millions, were lost, in some exaggerated “justice” for the 3,000 lost at 9/11? Or more likely, to obtain the oil.

    That’s 100 to maybe 1000 times INjustice, folks. The LIMIT is a life for a life, not a million lives for a thousand lives. Not two thousand for a thousand. One for one – at the most – and not random unrelated people from random unrelated countries which happen to have (access to) oil.

    9/11 was just weak justice in itself in my reckoning, although mayhap somewhat misdirected. The WTO, and of course the Pentagon, had already caused many, many millions of early deaths, also.

    Oh you didn’t deserve some vengeance for Vietnam, and for starvation in those African (etc.) nations that your WTO and your corporations pillaged and destroyed? Yes, you did deserve some vengeance. And 9/11 was perhaps 00.1% of an equivalent Justice for which the USA may thanks its God. If He would listen at all to it.

    It proves to me that he (Obama) is not a Muslim, anyway. Muslims should understand these simple concepts of equivalence and Justice, and should, I hope, prefer to tear their tongues out before they would say such a thing, that the US has finally achieved Justice. Whereas, America, manifesting in this world primarily as a military bully, evidently does not, not at all, not in the slightest, ‘get’ the concept of justice. A pity so many “Christians” are weak on this concept, or weak on obedience.

    To put it plainly, the US has not achieved Justice. The US has earned Hell. Or, at least, its militant and stupid powerful oppressors do richly deserve such. A good million of them, I’d say.

    I don’t hate America, nor (all of) the American people. I just hate the stupid killers, that do seem to breed and thrive there.

    It’s an eye for an eye (the upper limit), not a nation for an eye, you bloody idiots.

    ((I, Sam, have the (normally) exclusive right to rant and curse on _my_ blog, so please reply politely and in a friendly way, friendly to me, that is, if you would like to be published here.))

    /me out

  2. Lisa says:

    sad what makes the world turn isnt it. Thanks

  3. Murph says:

    Hi Sam, I like your webpage and blog. I found it via the recently posted Rusty Russell blog that apparently outed you for your cancer views. (I happen to agree with you, btw, about that–as does my mom, who is living with cancer now for several years).

    I just want to point out, as an American expat, and one who has studied a bit of post-WWII American history, that obtaining oil or even controlling access to it is probably not the principal motivation of the American war machine. Iraq serves as an example of this: the largest oil contract in post-war Iraq was secured by the Chinese state oil company, not any American corporation. It is also worth noting that several of the largest American oil companies opposed the war in Iraq because they were already in lucrative positions and the chaos and instability caused by an invasion would jeopardize those.

    The bigger motivation is simply creating a “theater” (market) for warfare. War is America’s largest industry. It provokes conflicts because they directly generate war spending, on which the American economy is extremely dependent especially now that it manufactures little else, and indirectly lead to the creation of new markets and possibilities as a result of the instability they cause.

    In the case of Libya, and the Middle East generally, the Americans support a hyper-militarized state (Israel) in the hopes of provoking endless militarization and instability in that region. This has been a stated strategy of many of the most pro-war political ideologues in the U.S. ever since decline of the Cold War. In financial terms, it has been a rousing success. Look at the armaments business America conducts with Israel, Egypt, etc.

    Just food for thought.

    Now I am going to take a look at some of your software projects. Have a good one.

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