The motivation to control oil is one of the biggest reasons for war in the world, and it’s been that way from the 1940s until now, and it is even a reason that the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists in hijacked jet airliners.
I’ll explain the 9-11 connection first. Osama bin Laden wanted Americans out of Saudi Arabia and Islamic countries for religious reasons. He mistakenly thought he could do that through acts of terror. Americans are not there for religious reasons. They are there for oil.
Why are we in Iraq? Not because weapons of mass destruction were found or that 9-11 had anything to do with it, the two untrue reasons given by the George W. Bush administration. How about the other reason given, turning Iraq and the rest of the Middle East into American style democracies? Why not just admit to the real reasons: oil and protection of Israel? Who knows, SUV and Israel-loving Americans might buy those reasons.
If we are really all that interested in spreading democracy, why don’t we put pressure on Saudi Arabia, reputedly one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. Simple. That’s not why we are there. We are there because of oil.
As I said, it goes back to the 1940’s. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because of oil. It needed lots of it to militarily spread the Empire of the Rising Sun. It was getting a lot of it from the United States, and planned to get a lot more by taking Indochina. Not being happy about the atrocities the Japanese were committing in China and other places, the U.S. not only cut off its oil spigot to Japan, but moved its headquarters for its Pacific fleet from San Diego to Hawaii. Seeing both of these moves as an American plan to prevent Japan from taking Indochina, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Big mistake. An isolationist United States forgot that idea, immediately united and put together the mightiest war machine in history.
Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded North Africa and the Soviet Union for oil, and other natural resources, in order to fuel his plan to create a massive German empire. The first invasion by American troops in World War II was in North Africa where it joined the British to push Germany and Italy out of that oil-rich part of the world. The Soviet war machine, heavily supplied by America, and the Russian winter, drove Hitler out of the Soviet Union.
Yes, the desire for control of oil has gotten millions and millions of people killed. Everyone knows the solution to this: development and use of other sources of energy, especially renewable sources. Work has started on that, but no where near the effort needed to make it a reality in the near future. Why? Change never comes easily, but change the world must, or the wars will never end. Unfortunately, never-ending wars suit some people. They have to be defeated at the ballot box.