To The Daily Sun,
Has the world ever gone to war over oil?
Why? How could there be a war over oil when we have so many natural resources in the modern world?
The answer is the intertwining of oil production, consumption, and dependency with national and international economies.
FACTS: World War I over oil occurred between Russia and Japan in 1905.
Several wars over oil have occurred since, some involving directly USA.
QUESTION: Would USA have attacked Iraq (twice) if Iraq's major export were bananas?
Today, right now, it is not scarcity, but the global glut of oil that threatens certain nations and economic interests. USA's increased production of oil benefits many of our people economically as to reduced gas and heating oil prices, and surely it is in our national personal and economic interests, but the international economy is in turmoil over oil prices. ... International and U.S. stock values down, and oil-dependent economies in disarray.
Beware the Russian Bear. Look to the histories of this proud and diminished nation. Can the cornered Bear, economically dependent upon stable oil prices, sustain economic shrinkage due to falling oil prices, or react, as a cornered bear will, by striking out, including aggressive military movements, in Ukraine, and perhaps spreading to the world beyond ... ???
Recall that the simmering stew of war in Europe erupted in 1912, finally provoked by a relatively minor diplomatic incident, resulting in what was then to that time the most horrible, destructive war ever known to modern humankind.
United States of America needs fewer enemies, not more. Peaceful and cooperative political initiatives are required.
The global order is more precarious than many may understand. "Keep your powder dry, put in firewood, food and water."
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