Peak Oil News: Peak Oil, Resource Wars, and the London Bombings

Monday, July 25, 2005

Peak Oil, Resource Wars, and the London Bombings

While Tony Blair supports the US’s ‘war on terror’, that by Dick Cheney’s own admission will last indefinitely, innocent people are dying on the streets of London. Why?

We are being told that we are winning the ‘war on terror’, but by any yardstick, the opposite is true. Sheldon Rampton, in an excellent piece in Counterpunch, details the abysmal failure of this so called war. From Afganistan to Iraq, if we really are fighting terrorism, then our political and military leaders are grossly incompetent.

In another article (8.7.05) Noam Chompsky says, “If the United States can maintain its control over Iraq, with the world's second largest known oil reserves, and right at the heart of the world's major energy supplies, that will enhance significantly its strategic power and influence over its major rivals in the tripolar world that has been taking shape for the past 30 years: US-dominated North America, Europe, and Northeast Asia, linked to South and Southeast Asia economies.

Chompsky states. “the NIC (The US government’s Intelligence think tank) warned that "Iraq and other possible conflicts in the future could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalised' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself."

Does anyone believe for one moment that we are in Iraq for any reason other then the oil? If it is about the oil, and ‘Peak oil’ pessimists like myself believe that we are facing a world of dwindling energy (i.e. oil) supplies….soon; then the actions of our political leaders become crystal clear and frightening logical. The implications are also becoming inescapable. Expect more terrorism on our streets, more foreign wars, and accept a constant eroding of our civil liberties in pursuit of the resources necessary to maintain our high energy, high consumption lifestyles.

While to many a complete reassessment of our high consumption lifestyles is impossible, and to some “not negotiable”, to me this represents a complete failure of political leadership and a lack of collective imagination. We have a stark choice, either find other ways of re-creating our lifestyle and all that means, or acquiesce to fighting ever worsening, never ending resource wars, and all that means.

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