The New Cold War is not being fought over ideology — the world has globalized — it is a battle for control of energy. With the era of cheap, abundant oil drawing to a close neoconservative America is taking military action to secure remaining supplies — as now is Europe, Russia and China. Rogue dictatorships threatening the supply of depleted resources will no longer be tolerated. Israel's staring role in this drama stems from their extensive media, business, political, intelligence and Judeo-Christian religious assets within the United States which are used to further the right-wing Zionist agenda in the Middle East.
"The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a destabilizing influence to ... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/diplomatic assessments." The Baker Institute for Public Policy, "Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century", April 2001
Abundant, high-grade coal powered the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries initiating massive urbanization and population growth. Abundant oil then became the high-energy fuel source of the 20th century laying the foundations for a global technological society of several billion: from 1900 to 2000 world population rose from 1.6 to 6 billion people. Oil is rapidly being depleted, after fossil fuels there is no equivalent energy supply, this represents a major crisis for an urban population artificially inflated far beyond the natural carrying capacity of the planet.
"America faces a major energy supply crisis over the next two decades. The failure to meet this challenge will threaten our nation's economic prosperity, compromise our national security, and literally alter the way we lead our lives." Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, National Energy Summit, March 2001
Oil powers the machinery of giant industrial agribusiness and provides large-scale monoculture with the artificial fertilizers and pesticides used to feed the massive urban population. It fuels the military-industrial infrastructure and transportation network of "developed" society. It is vital for pharmaceutical, chemical and synthetics production. It is also the primary raw material necessary for the manufacture of plastics — essential for so many modern day applications. And, of course, its sale is now pegged to the US dollar (the world reserve currency) thereby propping up an economic system built upon nothing more than the international exchange of imaginary wealth all sustained by "market confidence" in continued growth.
[Peak oil occurs when about half of available oil reserves have been extracted: profitable growth is then replaced by terminal decline.]
Visit www.foia.cia.gov and in the search field type: er 77-10147 and there you will find a declassified 1977 CIA document entitled, "The Impending Soviet Oil Crisis". Armed with this intelligence report the new Reagan administration initiated a Cold War nuclear arms race with the USSR in the early 1980s, covertly created — via Saudi Arabia — the "Islamic Brigades" (the embryonic al Qaida) to fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan and, in the mid-1980s, persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market with cheap oil. The low price of oil reduced Soviet foreign exchange income as they struggled to keep up in the arms race and fight the war in Afghanistan. With old technology and out-of-date equipment, Soviet oil production peaked in 1987, two years later the economy crumbled and the Communist empire collapsed. America passed peak oil in 1970 after which the country became increasingly dependent on energy imports. The economic chaos following the Arab oil embargo of 1973 dramatically highlighted America's new dependence on the Middle East. The CIA have been monitoring the international oil situation for a long time and that intelligence increasingly shapes US foreign policy. When the Bush neocons came to power in 2001 they and their Israeli allies planned and perpetrated the 9/11 attacks as a pretext for a new global strategy of regime change and energy war.
"Our prosperity and way of life are sustained by energy use. Energy security must be a priority of US trade and foreign policy." National energy policy, The Cheney Report, May 2001
Rather than face the reality of global peak oil with a radical campaign to promote sustainable living in a limited economy the neoconservative establishment have responded with false-flag terror and a bloody resource war designed to further strengthen Israel and feed ever higher levels of energy consumption. A course of action which has brought about a New Cold War and set America, and the world, on the road to World War III.