Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners

20 million Iraqis have been abused by America, and for thirteen years. Anyone who thinks that psychological or sexual abuse of a few prisoners is worse than 500,000 children under the age of five dying from malnutrition, 200,000 civilians dying in the bombing during two criminal wars and throughout the sham peace between them, really does not understand war. How much longer are our politicians going to hide in their kindergarten and pretend America, our southern neighbour, is basically a good guy? The grim record shows otherwise, and it is time for the rest of the civilized world to start treating the United States like the outlaw state it is. A trade embargo would be a good start; that and for everyone outside the US to convert their dollar holdings into Euros. 50 % of all US dollars in circulation are held outside America. A sell-off would cause the value of the dollar to plummet. I think we would find them suddenly far more humble in the face of economic ruin. They may have an invincible war machine, but their economy is on the wane and their currency is very vulnerable. Besides, they have been practising the same tactic on the Third World for decades.


Blogger Donald Kittle said...

Some really startling statistics!

The cost of that kind of change, however, will be a hit on our own economy. Are we (Canadians) strong enough to take the (hopefully short-term) loss and build some independence from our neighbours? Unfortunately, I don't think that we are.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Jim Szpajcher said...

Perhaps the most important means of understanding what is occurring between the United States and the rest of the world (at this time, especially, Iraq)is to understand that at this time Iraq sits on the 2nd largest conventional reserves of oil in the world, while the United States is the largest importer of oil in history.

Within that context, there are two important books to acquire at one's favorite book store (on-line or otherwise) immediately: "The Sorrows of Empire" by Chalmers Johnson, and "The Party's Over" by Richard Heinburg.

The reality of the end of "cheap and abundant" supplies of oil is something that will have huge geopolitical consequences over the coming decades.

The American Empire is on its last legs, and it is not going quietly. For many years, it will have the means to create turmoil around the world, and it is not at all certain who will rise in ascendancy to replace it.

As the world capacity to supply hydrocarbons declines, there will be wars over oil. We are watching one of the first major crises of the 21st Century.

The Economy will suffer greatly, starting when the inflationary costs of energy and maintaining military bases around the world kick in.

We should also be alert to the rising barbarity of countries and cultures faced with energy shortages. If one thinks that people will do horrible things for their God, wait till they are fighting for fuel to stay warm and grow food.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Roberts I look forward to your book in September. It must have been difficult to complete, with the saga still unravelling. I've just finished reading your semenal Journey of the Magi. It's always a pleasure to travel with you weither it be to Egypt, India, with the Magi or in invasion torn Iraq. ?And The Jesus Twin? cjt

11:58 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I also look forward to reading exerts of your book. I think in many ways you are right to say that world wide dollar holdings should be moved to Euros. With the current state of the American deficit, the whole ecoonomy is merely being propped up by mainly Asian countries buying dollars.

It would be frightening to see how nasty the Americans would get though if their economy did come falling down like a house made out of a pack of cards. How nasty would they turn? Now they can still afford to nominally pay for Iraqi oil and other resourses. If the dollar lost most of its value would they resort to theft?

It will be interesting to see how things develop over the next couple of years. Hopefully we won't have to suffer another term of Bush to find out though.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Paul William Roberts said...

Interesting responses. It seems likely that Iraq may in fact have the world's largest supplies of oil. Halliburton has been able to explore areas suspected of being oil-rich that Saddam's regime had been unable to survey because of the embargo. It's estimated that these regions plus the existing ones put in order would put Iraq some 100 billion barrels over Saudi. And Iraqi oil is found under great pressure, which means it basically pumps itself out....which means it is some $5 per barrel cheaper to produce. There is a whole chapter on oil and the economic necessity behind this war in the new book.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure how to sign in!
Why is it that the populations of the UK and the US as well as the rest of the West are not so outraged now that they are taking to the streets in droves full of rage? We have no WMD's in Iraq, we have no democracy, we have no basic facilities for Iraqis, we have no government for Iraq and we have fourteen military bases? This is the turning point of a huge mistrust and hatred between East and WEst. And by the way, Tony Blair said yesterday that we have to remember that the war was fought to get rid of Saddam and no Iraqi wants him back. Well, the people on my Aunt's street in Baghdad are all talking about how things were much better under Saddam. Can you imagine how bad you have to be to lose a popularity contest with Saddam Hussein????

10:46 AM  
Blogger deviadah said...

a lot of what you are interested in interests me and I am looking for people that are willing to share ideas, information and knowledge for the betterment of the world. Hope for a visit...

(the nidhoggz section is the more political one)

12:41 PM  

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