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I agree that it's not oil to "benefit oil companies" that is the driving force. It's the control of oil. The Kosovo "humanitarian war" was not about oil but about a pipeline to transport the oil from the Caspian region to Europe. The pipeline could have gone through Turkey but the US preferred Kosovo. The US doesn't need that oil but by controlling the pipeline, it will control the flow of oil to Europe and the prices. - It can temporarily strangle the EU if it doesn't play ball. In Afghanistan the US was competing for a pipeline with an Argentinian company. It was wining and dining the Taliban in the US. The Afghan war made things easy. The pipeline could have gone through Iran (much cheaper) but for geostrategic reasons the US wanted it go through Afghanistan. - It wanted to cut out Iran. In the Middle East the US wants to control not only Iraq but a few other countries as well. Today the US control about 60 percent of the oil flow in the world, perhaps more. A little more still and it controls world oil prices - the world. That way the US can control India, China, Japan... It can strangle those countries if it wants to. It can prevent them from becoming major powers. It'll own Eurasia. And the US military will "protect" everything - just as in Smedley Butler's times. The New World Order, neoconservatism, globalization... And it doesn't matter if the Democrats or the Republicans are in power. The aim is world domination - hegemony. Oil = Power = World Domination Brzezinski's blueprint: _The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives_, by Zbigniew Brzezinski. HarperCollins, 1997 (215 pp) He closes by saying that the USA will be the last superpower. But will it work out that way? And how long will it last? Elga Sutter _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk