19 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Was oil the target and propaganda just a ploy?

Reader comment on item: Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World

Submitted by Mark J. (United States), Apr 15, 2010 at 03:42

It's also likely that besides convincing the Arabs that the Nazis were on their side in preventing Jews from settling there, the Nazis also had bigger, but unspoken, visions. The Arabs were possibly not aware that oil was the key Axis objective in WWII and the reason behind the North African campaign. Feeding propaganda to third world Arabs would have worked to help them in their goals.

We know that the aim of Germany's war machine was always the oil of the Middle East and the Caucasus, their Eastern front. The Allies and Russians were so fearful that the Nazis would capture the oil fields, it was assumed that they would first burn and dynamite the fields, and choke the wells with cement. Saddam Hussein had the same idea when he set fire to his oil wells as he retreated from American forces. But in any case, the Axis always aimed to keep as much of the oil resources for themselves while at the same time preventing the Allies from getting them. Oil access was also the trigger for Japan bombing Pearl Harbor and caused the West to lose its large oil fields in the Far East.

Roosevelt was aware of the oil potential in the region and met with Saudi Arabia's King in private meetings. After the U.S. inspected Saudi Arabia's oil resources and learned that they had many billions of barrels in oil reserves, he had the Allies conduct massive offensives to remove the Nazis from Africa and the Japanese from S. E. Asia, primarily to guarantee access to oil. After returning to the U.S. after one meeting with Saudi Arabia's King, Roosevelt sent a letter to the King reiterating his pledge that no decision would be taken with respect to the Palestine issue without fully consulting with the Arabs, writing "I will take no action in my capacity of Chief of the Executive Branch of this government, which might prove hostile to the Arab people."

It does not take a great stretch of the imagination to assume that the Nazis would likewise do whatever the Arabs sitting on top of these oil reserves wanted. With Jews fleeing Europe and attempting to reestablish their ancient homeland, the Nazis were able to create a convenient alliance with Palestinian muftis and continue their war against Jews. The propaganda war may have been a ploy aimed at befriending the Arabs by feeding them anti-Jewish propaganda in order to later take control over their oil resources.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submit a comment on this item

Submitting....

Next Comment >>

Reader comments (43) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
Moslem Propaganda No Different From Nazi Propaganda [98 words]Lujack SkylarkAug 11, 2012 14:32197821
1Israel's Ancient History [2172 words]TomAug 13, 2012 10:44197821
Terrorist in Germany prior to 9.11 [68 words]segudMay 13, 2012 22:21195596
A Tale of Two Cultures [553 words]Fred BaehrMar 14, 2011 21:04183423
Right you are [28 words]john b vFeb 14, 2012 18:46183423
Good review [9 words]Derek BauerFeb 28, 2011 19:02183058
5US Congress 1939: Fear if 'Bibleland becomes Koranland' - Nazi - Islamic alliance menace [652 words]IlyaJan 5, 2011 16:15181576
ARAB MUSLIM NAZISM - DOCUMENTATION [17428 words]AlNov 29, 2010 02:38180551
Great historical information, Al [47 words]GrueneFeb 14, 2012 17:53180551
2Muslims stole the idea of 9-11 [99 words]stanleyFeb 16, 2012 07:42180551
Arab-Nazi alliance [67 words]jerseyMar 1, 2012 08:53180551
Much Russian propaganda too [59 words]stanislausMar 25, 2012 00:26180551
Something very wtong here [80 words]stasApr 29, 2012 09:08180551
Nazis and Islamists have much in common [84 words]StasJun 27, 2012 09:07180551
ARAB NAZI PARTY / PARTIES [415 words]DaisyNov 5, 2010 01:17179934
Historical Perspective [277 words]Fred BaehrOct 27, 2010 23:56179682
Fact check [65 words]Adam McOct 1, 2010 12:55178867
Fact check 2 (easier) [141 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Adam McOct 4, 2010 09:24178867
response [55 words]Adam McNov 5, 2010 11:56178867
Confusion is understandable... [643 words]AEWHistoryFeb 28, 2011 22:22178867
Is history repeating itself? [103 words]DasteAug 1, 2010 11:34176221
The Swastika in Pursuit of the Crescent [97 words]ArlindaMay 3, 2010 03:44172026
The allies remained silent in the 2nd. World War out of fear of making the muslims angry. . hmm...sounds familiar to what we are doing now.... Apr. 2010. [103 words]Phil GreendApr 27, 2010 15:19171771
1Jihadi Jew-scapegoating [224 words]SC4Z (Secular Christians for Zion)Apr 20, 2010 04:02171476
Hitler as the messiah [91 words]CL MillerApr 18, 2010 20:57171436
Skewed perspective [292 words]Alain Jean-MairetApr 16, 2010 01:41171372
Correction: Islam is the bad thing, not Islamism [30 words]Alain Jean-MairetApr 17, 2010 00:23171372
Islam is a religion for merciful and kindness [52 words]kadar haybeMay 26, 2010 19:19171372
2Islam is a religion of treachery, murder and blasphemy [29 words]Alain Jean-MairetMay 28, 2010 00:22171372
Jeffrey Herf's thesis is probably not true [161 words]PPSApr 16, 2010 00:41171370
1Well That's the Point [312 words]TimothyOct 1, 2010 13:08171370
Suggesting an additional and excellent resource [56 words]Karen LevinApr 15, 2010 17:53171352
Mr Pipes proves how deep the Jew hatred of Jihadi Islam is! [70 words]Ben ZalmanApr 15, 2010 16:18171350
Does US understand the evil, vicious mind of Jihad? [48 words]LoriMay 6, 2010 15:40171350
"The mentality of Jihad" [77 words]Ben ZalmanMay 8, 2010 21:16171350
The Nazis and Islam [10 words]KenApr 15, 2010 11:59171344
1Islam and Nazism [383 words]Prof. Paul EidelbergApr 15, 2010 09:58171341
1When Hitler and Muhammed met [190 words]Victor TordjmanApr 15, 2010 08:05171337
1ISLAMO - NAZIS / Factual history [3148 words]SophiaJun 3, 2011 15:18171337
Double Standard.. [291 words]Jack W.Jul 5, 2014 19:17171337
Radical Islam as fascism [56 words]George AdamowiczApr 15, 2010 07:49171336
Was oil the target and propaganda just a ploy? [414 words]Mark J.Apr 15, 2010 03:42171331
1"Real Politik" and race ideology [407 words]Kiel HesselmannApr 19, 2010 17:46171331

Comment on this item

Name
Email Address (optional)
Title of Comments
Comments:

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

ADVERTISEMENTS

eXTReMe Tracker

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials written by Daniel Pipes on this site © 1968-2014 Daniel Pipes. Email: daniel.pipes@gmail.com

You can help support Daniel Pipes' work by making a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes