War and Middle East Policy Racket
by Ron Holland
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US Marine Corp
Major General Smedley Butler accurately described in his book, "War
Is A Racket" how the American military is often forced to make
war far more for Wall Street and big corporation profits than the
false reasons usually provided for the conflict. While he wrote
his book about World War One, his conclusion is an accurate description
for the War Between the States, the Second World War as well as
most wars in US history.
Today an aging
king Abdulla returned home to the Saudi Kingdom now surrounded by
freedom movements threatening almost every authoritarian regime
in the Middle East. The government of Saudi Arabia is basically
a family dynasty and the law requires that the king must be chosen
from the sons and grandsons of the first king, Abdul Aziz Al Saud
and the throne succession is decided by the royal family.
The royal family
is promising $37 billion in handouts attempting once again to buy
off the vast majority of Sunni citizens and the second-class Shiite
minority to protect the ruling elites. They also fear the new Facebook
campaign calling for "Day of Rage" demonstrations scheduled
for March 11.
Invade Saudi Arabia? – While only time will tell if the Saud
dynasty and western oil interests survive the insurrections exploding
across the Middle East, readers need to be aware that nothing in
the region is as presented by the establishment press. I believe
Washington and our oil interests will do anything to maintain their
control over the oil resources and the dictatorial puppets who rule
each nation of the empire. Still who controls Saudi Arabia is far
more important than just their 20% of global oil reserves.
has the vast majority its $440 billion in foreign reserves invested
in US Treasury obligations. A new government or leadership just
might decide to stop buying more Treasury bills denominated in fiat
dollars or worse, "wise up" and dump the bonds and buy
gold and other currency investments. The result would be catastrophic
for the Washington national debt and the dollar. I believe American
troops would be instantly inserted into the kingdom to prop up the
regime and safeguard the oil resources and Treasury obligations
should a real threat to the government materialize from the people.
For the Propaganda Machine – Should Saudi Arabia be threatened
by the Facebook revolutions now sweeping the region we can expect
press reports and opinions highlighting the democratic ideals and
good works of the Saudi elites. This will be a replay of the false
propaganda presented about the thugs of Kuwait before the first
Just bear in
mind the nation of Saudi Arabia has no parliament, the women have
no rights and it is only a nation because of British and American
intelligence seeking to control the oil resources. Most military
invasions are only economic in nature but the threat here is three
fold. First to continue the rollover investments of our Treasury
obligations by Saudi Arabia when they mature, second to halt any
sales as well as safeguard oil profits and resources.
moving very quickly in the Middle East. The invasion threat is real
and it will not be to safeguard oil resources or to make America
safe. Neither will the conflict be for freedom, low oil prices,
democratic rule or to rid the world of tyranny as our past efforts
since the Treaty of Versailles have actually worked to hold back
these benefits to the region. The military action will be all about
oil resources, profits and our desperate attempt to hold back a
run on Washington treasury obligations. This is business as usual
for our involvement in the region as you’ll see in the short but
sordid history lesson below.
Saudi History Lesson – Saudi Arabia, like most of the
nations in the Middle East except for Egypt and Iran were created
by the Anglo-American powers during World War One. Saudi Arabia
is a creature birthed from British Intelligence. Jack Philby, a
British intelligence officer was sent to Saudi in November 1917
to foment an Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire which was part
of the Central Powers led by Germany.
Intelligence was very successful and ultimately Saudi Arabia was
born in 1932. Philby worked with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
and the American intelligence officer, John Foster Dulles in the
Middle East. Philby also became involved with helping Standard Oil
of California, Anglo Persian Oil (British) and later worked with
Standard Oil and Texaco to create ARAMCO (Arabian-American Oil Company).
This has been described as the richest commercial prize in the history
of world politics.
The story gets
even stranger and Charles Dudley Warner was certainly right when
he wrote, "politics makes strange bedfellows." Philby
was later involved with Nazi Adolf Eichmann, Ben-Gurion and Chaim
Weizman, the first President of Israel.
His son Kim
Philby was also a high-ranking British Intelligence officer and
later became a communist spy and part of the infamous Cambridge
Five. He defected to and died in the Soviet Union in 1988 only 3
years before the collapse of the Soviet Union.
of the Region? – Oil wealth, politics and foreign interference
by Anglosphere intelligence operations have been stirring the unstable
caldron of the Middle East since before World War One and it still
goes on today.
- Will Islamic
extremism flourish and ultimately win in the region due to previous
and current Anglo-American actions?
- Could the
power of the internet, Facebook and other social media triumph
over power-hungry dictators and foreign empires resulting in some
type of democratic representative government in Saudi Arabia and
- Will the
foreign and domestic elites work together and just change puppet
leaders instead of losing government power and authority to the
people as is usually the case in the area?
- Or will
the Treasury debt, dollar and oil risks force Washington to invade
and secure Saudi Arabia to "save America’s best friend in
the region" as the propaganda will claim? We all know the
Middle East war which would develop should the United States occupy
Saudi Arabia regardless of neutrality regarding Mecca and Medina.
Could this be the ultimate
psyops plan of desperate elites as reported in The Daily Bell?
War Is Still
A Racket in the 21st Century – I don’t know the answer
to the above questions but war is a racket is doubly true in the
Middle East. But as for me and my family, we wish the people well
in the region as we have done them a great disservice during the
last 120 years. America should not risk one more soldier, one more
dollar or more blowback from nations we have conquered, ruled and
exploited during the period. Oil can be bought on the open market
and as for our Treasury obligations; they and the dollar will all
eventually be worthless anyway.
In less than
a minute, I can walk to the ocean and see in the distance far across
an inlet to a Marine base my grandfather, as a young marine recruit
helped build during World War One. He fought in the trenches, was
gassed and captured two German machine gun nests but he would never
talk about the war. He would only say, building the base with the
heat, humidity, mosquitos and rattlesnakes were worse.
On the same
beach I can see remnants of a fort and a battle where outnumbered
Southern forces fought and lost a battle to prevent Union forces
from invading the sovereign state of South Carolina. Today, I often
hear the sounds of Marine jets flying over in practice for current
or future conflicts and I hope they are not deployed to Saudi Arabia.
people need to make sure our military forces are only used in the
future to defend our nation against foreign aggression rather than
serve as surrogates to advance multi-national profits and financial
interests of our wealthy elites at home or abroad. We can help achieve
this worthy goal by again requiring a Declaration of War for future
conflicts as is often mentioned by Congressman Ron Paul.
Also Happen Here! – As the power of the internet and the Facebook
revolutions spread around the world, we should remember that Arab
nations do not have a monopoly on government tyranny and violence
against their own people and innocent civilians.
150 years ago to the day, back in 1861, Abraham Lincoln in disguise
and in the darkness of night, protected by intelligence operatives
slipped into Washington, DC with orders to carry out the will of
powerful special interests against seven southern states which had
already seceded from the voluntary union.
He, like Saddam
Hussein in Iraq and Ahmadinejad of Iran turned the military forces
of his nation against the citizens of the Southern States far more
violently than Gadhafi of Libya did today. To date, Gadhafi’s actions
have killed over 1,000 people while the five long years of Lincoln
took the lives of almost 600,000 Americans.
this day that war is usually a racket just as our past foreign policy
has been in the Middle East. All too often government tyranny and
actions against their own citizens is the norm rather than the exception
in world history. The people of the Middle East may well eventually
end up in Islamic style republics if democratic representative government
forces aren’t able to out-organize the radicals but we should not
But I believe
the jury is still out as to the Facebook revolutions sweeping the
Middle East. Religious and political autocracies can no longer control
the debate and opinions by limiting the flow of information and
communications. Watching the fall of current despots in the Middle
East gives me hope that other leaders are beginning to at last,
fear the power of the people. May the fear also spread around the
world even to Brussels and the European Union and finally to Washington,
the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson follows us through the ages and I
believe he would be cheering the growing desire for freedom and
liberty in the Middle East. Yes, there is a tremendous risk for
the region and the world but in the free-market of ideas and human
action, with risk comes opportunity. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "When
the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government
fears the people, there is liberty."
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