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Corruption of Power the Root Cause of Hussein, Qadaffi, Mubarak's Fall-ME Oil was/is Only a Tool

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 28, 2011 at 17:10

In looking at the exchanges here, under the premise of what if there were no oil in the Middle East, what would be different? It is very suggestive here that the entire fabric of Middle East politics would be limited to the Ottoman Turks still being in power, for the western powers would have no real or practical reasons for deposing the status quo of the post World war 1 economics of the region; or would have been another reason? Let us fast-forward to the 1991 invasion of Kuwait by a western power….no, wait, that was Saddam Hussein. What did he leave behind but tantrums of envy as the oil fields were ignited in a parting retributive gesture towards those for whom he held nothing but contempt. Pride was his downfall.

And in retaliation for the unmitigated temerity of the UN and coalition powers, Israel was targeted and bombed by SCUD missiles ordered by Saddam Hussein. Only in the most restrained and calm sense of self-control did Israel refrain from responding in kind manner.

Leave us not then think of Saddam Hussein as a lonely goat-herder from Tikrit who took a chance at being a world player and fell into a den of thieves, when in reality he was the thief that took Iraq from being a desert community that incidentally benefitted from its own oil fortunes, and Saddam was not content to let that be sufficient. He played the host to a series of follies of his own doing, consorting and cavorting with whomsoever he pleased, taunted those with whom he could have been an ally but he rebelled; and finally led Iraq into the morass of deception that would ultimately lead to his own demise and the fortunes of Iraq left to outsiders only interested in the oil.

Remembering that the United States was not alone in redressing the issues of an out-of-control Iraqi regime, one can only assume that Iraq did not become a democracy at the will of a fallen dictatorship, but at the vote of the people willing to give democracy a chance. Would it be better if Qadaffi were deposed by a coalition force intent on redressing the Libyan dictator's own deception and conspiracy to deal maliciously with the world as in Lockerbie? One would think that based on the seemingly collusive efforts of the United Kingdom, even the American Administrative Executive would have a hard time convincing the United Nations in any kind of action. Pride was Qadaffi's downfall.

But Egypt has no significant oil reserves. Libya does. Which then, should the United Nations consider intervention for….both; neither; or the next to fall? And if the United Nations were to vote to intervene; which nation would have the primary resources to accomplish a peaceful transition? Who would stand to benefit the most…whoever pays the highest for a barrel of oil?

So the question of change for the lack of oil is not only less than academic, it is painfully not rhetorical either. The only transcendence to be found in all of this comes not from how much oil can become the cause of the next world conflagration, but of the peripherally involved enmity against Israel by all parties concerned. Understand that in the context of the whole Middle East crisis, even in the flagging loss of interest in trying to gain Israeli land for 'Palestinian' interests, it will eventually come down to what posture any Islamic state, whether (sic) democratic or under the auspices of shari'a dictates, intends as a political statement of common Islamic control in spite of the oil interests any may or may not have. Whose pride will stand in the gap left by the dictators?

In the end, joining with Islam may be the collaborative necessity of evil in order for the world to keep the oil flowing for any country; and that for everyone who is watching, appears just over the next horizon.

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1Good old tourism is gone [17 words]Firozali A.Mulla DBAMar 11, 2011 14:12183324
Dhimmi no more is agressive and impolite - just to win the argument. [256 words]HassanMar 6, 2011 13:09183190
6Islamic hypocrisy [189 words]dhimmi no moreMar 8, 2011 18:50183190
Muslims really have different views about Non-Muslims [106 words]HassanFeb 26, 2011 03:28182986
1problem defined [23 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanFeb 27, 2011 18:41182986
To Grand Infidel from Australia [18 words]HassanFeb 27, 2011 22:22182986
3Islamic logic a real oxymoron [127 words]dhimmi no moreMar 1, 2011 16:33182986
6Our dear Hassan and gem time [519 words]dhimmi no moreMar 1, 2011 16:55182986
3I do not think that he will get it [132 words]dhimmi no moreMar 1, 2011 17:28182986
To dhimmi no more [162 words]HassanMar 2, 2011 05:49182986
2The muslim ego! [293 words]dhimmi no moreMar 4, 2011 06:38182986
1To dhimmi no more [664 words]HassanMar 4, 2011 23:46182986
1To dhimmi no more-questions [70 words]HassanMar 5, 2011 01:44182986
to dhimmi no more [272 words]HassanMar 5, 2011 20:31182986
2leading ? [257 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanMar 5, 2011 21:22182986
1Argument from changing the subject! [134 words]dhimmi no moreMar 6, 2011 07:10182986
5Our dear Hassan is suggesting that we get rid of the books written by al-Tabari! I smell a fatwa here [925 words]dhimmi no moreMar 6, 2011 07:30182986
6We are all kuffar and get used to it [75 words]dhimmi no moreMar 9, 2011 08:02182986
5Islam [55 words]Abu Gefilte FishFeb 25, 2011 06:54182958
4Cairo and the decline of a great city [414 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 23, 2011 07:26182907
Egypt will need outside help [333 words]Frank LukeFeb 22, 2011 22:21182895
Egypt, Jordan, Libya; Etc., Etc., Etc......Is the World ready for What's Next? [99 words]M. ToveyFeb 22, 2011 19:35182890
A New Development [51 words]Barry BlackFeb 22, 2011 15:06182888
"Evidence of Blessing" [28 words]Bob StrubleFeb 21, 2011 01:55182849
Freedom and Food [140 words]Jay1Feb 18, 2011 23:29182814
what would change if there was no Oil in the Middle East !!! [260 words]HassanFeb 18, 2011 19:14182812
3A very fancy thought: What would change if there is no oil in the middle east [318 words]TedFeb 19, 2011 22:14182812
Sadam Husain's regime shaken to its foundations by mass demonstrations in Bagdad? [49 words]PeterFeb 20, 2011 20:19182812
2To Ted and Peter [378 words]HassanFeb 22, 2011 00:37182812
Saddam Hussein [32 words]JeffFeb 22, 2011 13:12182812
Flights of fancy [27 words]Amin RiazFeb 22, 2011 23:53182812
Norway, UK, US, and India - any of these countries secular - especially India and US is a joke. [20 words]PeterFeb 25, 2011 16:51182812
Respond Peter !!!! [20 words]HassanFeb 25, 2011 20:49182812
Daniel Pipes [24 words]HassanFeb 26, 2011 21:39182812
Corruption of Power the Root Cause of Hussein, Qadaffi, Mubarak's Fall-ME Oil was/is Only a Tool [655 words]M. ToveyFeb 28, 2011 17:10182812
Oil is not the main subject here. It's the US policies [956 words]HassanMar 1, 2011 19:21182812
2errata [134 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanMar 6, 2011 18:56182812
1While Oil May Not be the Main Subject - It Greases the Politics Many Feel are Out of Control [1757 words]M. ToveyMar 7, 2011 16:51182812
5Egypt is lost or soon will be [258 words]Gloria StewartFeb 17, 2011 17:46182784
Question mark over Egypt [141 words]Rebecca MouldsFeb 17, 2011 07:39182772
Egypt is One in a Chain of Events - What Happens There Will Become the Model [417 words]M. ToveyFeb 16, 2011 14:23182751
Egypt has a Chance! Let's hope so! [134 words]BAFeb 16, 2011 08:59182741
youth in 2011 [47 words]Alana RonaldFeb 15, 2011 23:03182728
3I do not share the optimism of Dr. Pipes [119 words]huckFeb 15, 2011 22:34182727
One tends to forget... [69 words]Amin RiazFeb 22, 2011 23:59182727
2And speaking of "one tends to forget" and Q2:27 says that the Jews are Allah's favorite nation/people and these are not my words [150 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 24, 2011 07:23182727
Egypt's new leadership [81 words]PeterFeb 15, 2011 20:34182724
4I'm not so sure... [38 words]RobFeb 15, 2011 20:31182723
7VERY REFRESHING [226 words]There is NO Santa ClausFeb 15, 2011 11:16182705
RE Egypt's Chance [57 words]yonatan silvermanFeb 15, 2011 11:15182704
2Obama's Shiite Sympathies [104 words]DeanFeb 15, 2011 10:59182703
This is the deal in a nutshell [181 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGEFeb 17, 2011 10:17182703
Good source [89 words]Joe Six-pacFeb 15, 2011 10:55182702
will "the the military leadership ...pursue its selfish interests" ? [21 words]Abu NudnikFeb 15, 2011 10:23182700
Egypt's chance for change [85 words]Francis ThorntonFeb 15, 2011 09:34182698
1"Spontaneous" revolution in Egypt ? [75 words]Paul JansenFeb 15, 2011 06:52182687
3re: "Spontaneous" revolution in Egypt [156 words]There is NO Santa ClausFeb 18, 2011 08:07182687

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