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 A little history2003-03-05 15:16
by Flemming Funch

It is a good idea not to forget how the last gulf war was started. Yes, Iraq invaded Kuwait, but I think a lot of people are not aware that the United States quite directly and officially had let Saddam Hussein know that he was welcome to have his way with Kuwait. In other words, it was a trap. Read more about it, and read the transcript of what the U.S. ambassador actually said.
Eight days before the outbreak of the Gulf war, Saddam summoned April Glaspie, then the American ambassador to Iraq, and launched into a tirade. He railed about the pernicious role of the British in the region, reminded her that without Iraq the Iranians would not be stopped from taking over the whole region by anything short of nuclear weapons, and complained about the "economic aggression" of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates in agitating for lower oil prices. He made it all too clear that he intended to use force to stop what he claimed were Kuwaiti incursions onto Iraqi territory in the so-called Neutral Zone. Glaspie replied that the Americans, too, had experience with "the colonialists," which indeed seems odd given that the US and these very "colonialists" would be jointly bombing the hell out of Iraq is a little over a week's time. As for the price of oil, Ms. Glaspie opined that "We have many Americans who would like to see the price go above $25 because they come from oil-producing states." At a time when the US secretary of state was none other than James Baker, a Texan who virtually personifies Big Oil, the implications of what the US Ambassador was telling Saddam were inescapable. Glaspie went on to say:

"I think I understand this. I have lived here for years. I admire your extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. I know you need funds. We understand that and our opinion is that you should have the opportunity to rebuild your country. But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait. I was in the American Embassy in Kuwait during the late 60's. The instruction we had during this period was that we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America. James Baker has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction. We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods . . ."

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5 Mar 2003 @ 17:02 by sharie : Iraq's oil
Iraq invaded Kuwait because they were slant-oil drilling into Iraq's oil. Iraq used diplomacy to get them to stop, but Kuwait wouldn't. So Iraq sent troops to the border, that's when the conversation with April took place... and our Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney subsequently made over $30 million off those murders.

Here's a perspective on what the future holds:

What, Me Worry?
by Michael C. Ruppert

© Copyright 2003, From The Wilderness Publications,
www.fromthewilderness.com. All rights reserved. May be copied, distributed or
posted on the Internet for non-profit purposes only.

Feb. 28 2003, 1200 PST (FTW) -- So many emails. So many people worried and
confused. So many people acting as if it doesn't make sense.

Yes, there's good reason to be confused. Israeli Foreign Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's nephew refuses to be drafted while his uncle all but threatens to
attack Belgium for its OK to prosecute Ariel Sharon for war crimes when he
leaves office. NATO is, or will soon be, dead. France, Germany and Russia are
sponsoring a Security Council resolution to prevent what France has called
"an illegitimate war". Turkey, with 85% of its people opposing the invasion,
is extorting the U.S. blind as budget deficit projections leave orbit. Ari
Fleischer is hysterically laughed out of the White House Press room by
reporters after insisting with a straight face that George W. Bush would
never bribe another country for a vote. Americans are renaming French fries
as Liberty fries while the larger powers Germany and Russia ... who make
France's stance credible - stand back and let France take both the heat - et
la gloire!

Aside from the tense laughter over words we have real threats. In Colombia,
FARC guerillas shoot down a CIA contract plane; kill one occupant and hold
three others hostage while President Bush uses statutory authority to send
150 more Green Berets to follow the 70 he just sent. North Korea is having
the time of its life cutting business deals with China and Seoul while using
its possibly one nuclear weapon to make the U.S. divert bombers and elements
of the 1st Air Cavalry away from the Gulf. In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf
rebels have prompted the U.S. to commit 1,700 more troops to take an active
role in the fighting. And the U.S. is now sending 10,000 troops to the
Dominican Republic for a training exercise that looks much more like
preparation for intervention in either Venezuela or Colombia.

The Lilliputians know how to deal with Gulliver and Gulliver is having a real
hard time.

What of Bush himself? The Washington Post tells us that U.S. embassies around
the globe are inundating Washington with cables saying that the world both
hates and mistrusts this "dry drunk", megalomaniac who would be laughable
except for the fact that he represents a power structure as demented as he
is. As if to go Tony Blair ... who recently plagiarized a graduate research
paper to compile his sensitive intelligence dossier on Iraq ... "one better",
George W. recently cited figures to support his tax cut from a report that
doesn't exist. He was caught in that lie by NewsDay's James Toedtman. And
retired Air Force Chief of Staff Tony McPeak is publicly saying on a
Portland, Oregon TV station that Bush should admit he's made a mistake and
that, as far as Iraq is concerned, "I regard the nuclear threat as zero. I
regard the connection between Saddam and al-Qaida as less than zero."

As The Sydney Herald tells us that 114 countries are urging the United States
to back down from the invasion Capitol Hill Blue is reporting that senior
Bush advisors are quietly trying to find a way out of war with Iraq now that
they have realized that it is a no-win situation.

"What's happening? We don't get it!"

You would if you had been listening to what we have been saying for eighteen
months. Peak Oil is here. The world is starting to run out. There is no more
oil to find and what's left can't be put into your gas tank or our power
generating stations quickly. Global production capacity is stretched like a
rubber band about to break and the slightest hiccup in world oil production
will crash the global economy like a Styrofoam cup under an elephant's foot
at a Rave party. Don't believe me? Well then perhaps recent warnings by
Goldman Sachs and James Baker might. Those warnings, and an incredibly
precise economic analysis by Marshall Auerback, were recently published by
The Prudent Bear at:


To make it simple, the problem is this: In spite of microscopic fig leaves
stating that OPEC will ramp up production to meet oil needs, the fact is that
OPEC just can't do it. Goldman Sachs knows it. James Baker knows it. Bush
knows it. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, having survived U.S. coup attempts, now
holds a "whip hand" as Venezuelan production still lags behind. Saudi Arabia
is unstable. Nigeria, the world's sixth largest producer ... just had an oil
strike. Its production is down and every other producing facility is on
overtime. In the latest issue of FTW we poke yet another hole in the grand
illusion about an Iraqi windfall. It may take two to five years and as much
as $50 billion in new investment to increase Iraqi production from two to
five million barrels a day as the rest of the world's reserves dry up.

The planet is currently consuming a billion barrels of oil every 12 days.
Peak Oil is here now. What difference does it make if Saudi Arabia and OPEC
might be able to add five million barrels a day? It's who gets it that

Worse, countries like India and Pakistan have announced a version of panic
buying to build up their reserves before the war. This places a further
strain on production capacity. With the invasion, if the Iraqi supply is
interrupted for just a month then the markets will see the light and there
will be a capitulation sell-off on Wall Street that might take the Dow down
to 4000. Ten million could be unemployed inside of six months. U.S. reserves
are at 27 year lows and the administration is prepared to open up our
Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) which can sustain the US for about 75
days. Tap into the SPR and what do you think prices will do? And if prices
double or triple what do you think will happen to your job? Your checkbook?

Gas prices have not yet begun to rise. This is what FTW has been saying since
October of 2001. There may soon come a day when we will all look back on $2
gas the way I look back on the 28 cent premium gas I bought in 1969.

Now think for a moment what happens if the U.S. backs down, as I think it
should. 36% of all the proven recoverable reserves in the world are in Iraq
and Saudi Arabia. Not all oil reserves are recoverable. Only lunatics believe
that wells, pipelines and refineries are already in place and paid for in the
smaller fields that have not been developed. A perceived American power
vacuum would unleash a polite, at first, but ultimately frantic, scramble for
Saudi and Iraqi oil in the full knowledge that whoever loses out will be the
first civilization to collapse; the first of many.

Yes, it all makes perfect sense.

Michael C. Ruppert
Editor / Publisher
From The Wilderness Publications


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