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>> Perhaps the best solution to save humanity, and >> this planet would be for the US economy to collapse >> totally - pulling down the economies all the > > You may be correct -- and then we should all support > Bush for re-election since is doing more to bring that > about than anyone in my memory. ;] Please don't vote him back - for your sakes and ours. Besides, this is outside his control, aside from domestic measures. Much of the US economy rests on the dollar's role as a reserve currency. And since it has massive debts and a high trade deficit, it's the world that could bring about a change for the worse: If most of the world switched to the Euro as the oil and reserve currency standard it would affect the US economy. If you remember, Iraq did just that. They did it when the Euro stood at around 82 cents to the dollar - and lost initially. But the Euro gained and Iraq recouped the loss. Later Iraq converted its $10 billion reserve fund at the UN to Euros. Now of course the US will switch back to $. Other countries are considering a switch. North Korea has already dropped the dollar. Many countries are diversifying their currency reserves away from the dollar. This wouldn't ruin the US, but it would curb its ability to ruin and destroy other countries. Bush will certainly want to prevent countries from switching. And he will fight dirty. This was the main reason the US destroyed Iraq, some believe. Or why it wants to break up OPEC. Or why it is threatening Iran, the second-largest OPEC producer. Still, this could be counter-productive. But what I originally meant is that the greedy West will have to cut back its expectations: Stop killing and exploiting other people, and our planet for filthy lucre. Live and let live - or bust. A book has just been published in Switzerland: _Paradise or the end of the world - our choice._ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk