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"The whole world belongs to Allah." Oh? Whose oil fields?

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Submitted by G. Woodworth (Chile), Dec 9, 2006 at 14:23

Jack Daniels states (and I agree) that: "I believe this Oil dependency is the root cause for all this. If/when the West shows its will to cut this Oil dependency, by changing the fuel source for its cars or by some other technological means, only then will all this intransigence/terrorism end."

And there are other ways than changing the fuel source. I would mention that I read somewhere recently the incredibly arrogant statement posed by some Moslem in Britain, who asked, "What makes you think this is YOUR country? The whole world belongs to Allah, and to His people."

If they would challenge even our rights to ownership of our own countries, two can play the same game. What makes them think the oil fields are theirs? It has thus far been an accepted and unquestioned assumption in international affairs that governments own the resources beneth their soil - even if they had nothing whatsoever to do with discovering or developing those same resources, or if it was developments in other countries (automobiles, the Industrial Revolution) that gave those hitherto worthless resources any value. But basic assumptions can be changed. Laws can be made and laws can be unmade to suit the circumstances as situations evolve. We need to have some new thinking. Nothing is written in stone.

If they are going to hold the world hostage for their oil, are we all going to just helplessly stand by and permit this? It could be announced as a new international policy that (just as "the whole world belongs to Allah")such resources exist for the benefit for ALL mankind and are not to be hoarded and exploited by a certain few at the expense of all the rest. The major industrial powers could simply annex the oil fields for international use, many of those fields being beneath unpopulated desert or under ocean waters. Other than fuss and bluster, what would the rich but otherwise powerless oil states do? They are mere gazelles in a world of lions. And we are fools to let ourselves be intimidated by them.

I also wish to commend the excellent statements posted by Cesar Arevalo, with whom I cannot possibly agree more.

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