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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:55 AM
Original message America: An 'Extraordinarily Voracious Country'
America: An 'Extraordinarily Voracious Country'
By Tahar Selmi
July 4-July 10 Issue

Since earliest antiquity, natural resources on and under the ground (precious metals, textiles, cereals, spices, and precious wood ...) have aroused the greed of merchants and States. These things represented, in their eyes, fortune, power and luxury. The trade in tin, silk, gold and money has left a profound imprint on history.

Today, our combat shows that little has changed, since raw materials remain at the heart of competition between the great powers, but now it is the energy sector, that strategic essential par excellence, which is the main focus of the fighting. One must understand that what this means is turmoil without end, turmoil which has afflicted the Arab countries of the Middle East like an original curse since the carving up of the Ottoman Empire.


This fabulous wealth makes this area "a zone of strategic priority" for the West, and in particular the United States, which has hardened its hegemonic posture since their intervention against Baghdad in 1990. Iraq is one of a group of countries most coveted by Washington for its considerable energy reserves, especially as American companies have no access to Irans oil fields due to a boycott imposed by U.S. authorities.

Also, no one is deceived by George Walker Bushs explanations, the man who pushed for the invasion of the Mesopotamian country. The argument advanced to justify the war, that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, has been exposed as a fantasy. That was followed-up with these other fairy tales: that Iraqs security services were behind the September 11attacks; that Iraq was able to launch a chemical attack within 45 minutes; that Saddam had purchased uranium from Niger; and that he supported al-Qaeda, etc.

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jojo54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:04 AM
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1. That website is like a slap in the face
A slap meant to sting, as in hurtful. But also (and most importantly) it's a slap meant to wake us (here in the US) up. Only from the outside can you see the whole picture.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:47 AM
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2. Our reputation continues to plummet in world opinion.
Our CCCP (Corporate Controlled Conservative Press) is incapable of telling the truth. It's sad that we must seek world news services to find the truth.

Note: CCCP coined by Eric J in MN
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 11:11 AM
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3. Kick, great piece. nt
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