Interesting article by Michel Chossudovsky, published in Global Research, and by Scoop. Throughout history, he writes, “wars of religion have served to obscure the economic and strategic interests behind the conquest and invasion of foreign lands. These wars were fought with a view to securing control over trading routes and natural resources.
“America’s Crusade in Central Asia and the Middle East is no exception” he argues, “The ‘war on terrorism’ purports to defend the American Homeland and protect the ‘civilized world’.
It is upheld as a ‘war of religion’, a ‘clash of civilizations’, when in fact the main objective of this war is to secure control and corporate ownership over the region’s extensive oil wealth, while also imposing under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank (now under the leadership of Paul Wolfowitz), the privatization of State enterprises and the transfer of the countries’ economic assets into the hands of foreign capital”.
“The campaign against ‘Islamic terrorism’ (which is supported covertly by US intelligence) supports the conquest of oil wealth. The term ‘Islamo-fascism,’ serves to degrade the policies, institutions, values and social fabric of Muslim countries, while also upholding the tenets of “Western democracy” and the “free market” as the only alternative for these countries”.
“The US led war in the broader Middle East Central Asian region consists in gaining control over more than sixty percent of the world’s reserves of oil and natural gas. The Anglo-American oil giants also seek to gain control over oil and gas pipeline routes out of the region”.
“Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, possess between 66.2 and 75.9 percent of total oil reserves, depending on the source and methodology of the estimate”.
“Demonization is applied to an enemy, which possesses three quarters of the world’s oil reserves. ‘Axis of evil’, ‘rogue States’, ‘failed nations’, ‘Islamic terrorists’: demonization and vilification are the ideological pillars of America’s ‘war on terror’. They serve as a casus belli for waging the battle for oil. The Battle for Oil requires the demonization of those who possess the oil”.
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