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Blood for oil

Reader comment on item: Uniting to Exclude Saudi Arabian Airlines
in response to reader comment: Ianus- A question of Lobby.- To Stop saudis.

Submitted by Homefront (Australia), Aug 27, 2007 at 22:28

Ynnatchkah and Ianus,

This is an interesting discussion to cast in the light of popular 21st and 20th century popular culture. Posing a serious threat to the oil industry is as I understand it possibly the only thing you can be assassinated for in occidental (western) culture.

One can betray ones country's darkest secrets, become operationally involved in a terrorist organisation, urinate on the flag, hurl vituperative ad hominem culumnies at the most powerful people in the corporate and governmental agencies with little or no fear of retribution. Heaven forbid we should threaten technologically or otherwise the oil industry - "the spice must flow" Sci Fi novelist Frank Herbert might say.

Contrast the reality of true industrial vested interest with the liberal fantasy world of popular culture. We have yet another Bourne movie being released this one cleverly entitled "The Bourne Ultimatum" instead of "Bourne 3" another clever hollywood device to distract us from the fact that Matt Damon has dragged us into the all too familiar desolate territory of sequelville. The Director Paul Greengrass was a ghostwriter for "Spycatcher" and packs the film with shallow left wing bromides. Bourne is recast in the mould of a killer with a conscience, a liberal with a license to kill. The fundamental premise and idea of the CIA as the bad guy stretches credibility past breaking point. It illustrates the small "l" liberals fundamental break from reality.

The most questionable thing about the CIA's questionable activities in history is exactly how relevant and prevelant they were and are. In this age of international terrorism we are finally witness to how ineffectual and powerless "The Good Shepherd's" most powerful agency in the world really is. Tethered to domestic criminal law and it's beyond reasonable/ beyond a shadow of a doubt standards of evidence the CIA/Homeland security have had little success in catching terrorists and even if it does it cannot hold onto them.

The absolute debacle of the extra territorial prison of Gitmo followed by the astoundingly underreported fact that 30 of the former detainees have been recaptured or killed after being released illustrates the extent to which the world's "most powerful agency" has become instead its foremost toothless tiger.

The CIA can't even gag its former employees from roasting it after they have left its employ - see the book written by a CIA agent called "See no Evil" which became the film "Syriana".

Next time there is a war over oil in the ME it should be the oil companies and the Sauds who pay for it and their employees and soldiers who fight it. Let vested interest fight its own wars. The only real reason we should fire a shot in anger in the ME should be for the purposes of counterterrorism.

Homefront.

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