The Guardian: Seizing Saudi Oil – That’s The Real Goal!

2002-09-10

Richard Moore

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Subject: Seizing Saudi Oil - That's The Real Goal!
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 09:17:31 -0400

"This whole affair has nothing to do with a threat
from Iraq - there isn't one.  It has nothing to do
with the war against terrorism or with morality..."
                      Former Member of Tony Blair's UK Cabinet

MER - Mid-East Realities - www.MiddleEast.Org -
Washington - 6 September 2002: Out of power U.S.
politicians -- many of whom are in factthemselves
partially responsible for the situation we are all in
today and for what has happened in the Middle East in
decades past that brought about today's anti-American
hatreds-- are very uneasy these days.   From
JimmyCarter to Bill Clinton toformer top Reagan and
BushAdministration officialsthey have been taking to
the Op Ed Pages and TV programs.   But none have been
as candid or honest as this former member of Tony
Blair's Cabinet who for a time we believe was in charge
ofthe "Northern Ireland'Peace Process'".But what's
going onisn't only about control of Saudi oil.  It's
about control of the entire region in an increasingly
neo-imperialist manner.  As for oil, with control of
Iraq and Kuwait, in addition to Saudi oil, the U.S.
will be in control one way or another of nearly half
the world's known energy resources and in a position to
further expand it's exploitation ofthe raw resources as
well as the resultant petrodollars.  The U.S. goal is
also tograb resources and wealth inAfghanistanand
central Asian countries as well.   MER has learned in
fact that a Texas-based American oil company is already
in negotiations for high-tech geological surveys for
oil and mineral explorationsin Afghanistan with the
help and protection of the U.S. military.  'The
business of America is business" is the nice way to put
it.But the muck under the rock is full of suchdeath,
bloodshed, and exploitation;all leading to still more
bitterness and hatred and violencein the dismal future
now ahead.
 
  

  The real goal is the seizure of Saudi oil

  Iraq is no threat. Bush wants war to keep US control of
  the region

            By Mo Mowlam*
 
[The Guardian, London, Thursday September 5, 2002]

listening to the words coming from the Bush
administration about Iraq and I become increasingly
alarmed. There seems to be such confusion, but through
it all a grim determination that they are, at some
point, going to launch a military attack. The response
of the British government seems equally confused, but I
just hope that the determination to ultimately attack
Iraq does not form the bedrock of their policy. It is
hard now to see how George Bush can withdraw his
bellicose words and also save face, but I hope that
that is possible. Otherwise I fear greatly for the
Middle East, but also for the rest of the world.

What is most chilling is that the hawks in the Bush
administration must know the risks involved. They must
be aware of the anti-American feeling throughout the
Middle East. They must be aware of the fear in Egypt
and Saudi Arabia that a war against Iraq could unleash
revolutions, disposing of pro-western governments, and
replacing them with populist anti-American Islamist
fundamentalist regimes. We should all remember the
Islamist revolution in Iran. The Shah was backed by the
Americans, but he couldn't stand against the will of
the people. And it is because I am sure that they fully
understand the consequences of their actions, that I am
most afraid. I am drawn to the conclusion that they
must want to create such mayhem.

The many words that are uttered about Saddam Hussein
having weapons of mass destruction, which are never
substantiated with any hard evidence, seem to mean very
little. Even if Saddam had such weapons, why would he
wish to use them? He knows that if he moves to seize
the oilfields in neighbouring countries the full might
of the western world will be ranged against him. He
knows that if he attacks Israel the same fate awaits
him. Comparisons with Hitler are silly - Hitler thought
he could win; Saddam knows he cannot. Even if he has
nuclear weapons he cannot win a war against America.
The United States can easily contain him. They do not
need to try and force him to irrationality.

But that is what Bush seems to want to do. Why is he so
determined to take the risk? The key country in the
Middle East, as far as the Americans are concerned, is
Saudi Arabia: the country with the largest oil reserves
in the world, the country that has been prepared to
calm the oil markets, producing more when prices are
too high and less when there is a glut. The Saudi royal
family has been rewarded with best friend status by the
west for its cooperation. There has been little concern
that the government is undemocratic and breaches human
rights, nor that it is in the grip of an extreme form
of Islam. With American support it has been believed
that the regime can be protected and will do what is
necessary to secure a supply of oil to the west at
reasonably stable prices.

Since September 11, however, it has become increasingly
apparent to the US administration that the Saudi regime
is vulnerable. Both on the streets and in the leading
families, including the royal family, there are
increasingly anti-western voices. Osama bin Laden is
just one prominent example. The love affair with
America is ending. Reports of the removal of billions
of dollars of Saudi investment from the United States
may be difficult to quantify, but they are true. The
possibility of the world's largest oil reserves falling
into the hands of an anti-American, militant Islamist
government is becoming ever more likely - and this is
unacceptable.

The Americans know they cannot stop such a revolution.
They must therefore hope that they can control the
Saudi oil fields, if not the government. And what
better way to do that than to have a large military
force in the field at the time of such disruption. In
the name of saving the west, these vital assets could
be seized and controlled. No longer would the US have
to depend on a corrupt and unpopular royal family to
keep it supplied with cheap oil. If there is chaos in
the region, the US armed forces could be seen as a
global saviour. Under cover of the war on terrorism,
the war to secure oil supplies could be waged.

This whole affair has nothing to do with a threat from
Iraq - there isn't one. It has nothing to do with the
war against terrorism or with morality. Saddam Hussein
is obviously an evil man, but when we were selling arms
to him to keep the Iranians in check he was the same
evil man he is today. He was a pawn then and is a pawn
now. In the same way he served western interests then,
he is now the distraction for the sleight of hand to
protect the west's supply of oil. And where does this
leave the British government? Are they in on the plan
or just part of the smokescreen? The government speaks
of morality and the threat posed by weapons of mass
destruction, but can they really believe it?

*Mo Mowlam was a member of Tony Blair's cabinet from
1997-2001
 
 
 

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