Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Coming War With Iran

Another war for oil? Perish the thought! Here's Michael Klare on Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran. The whole piece is highly instructive. An excerpt:

"When talking about oil's importance in American strategic thinking about Iran, it is important to go beyond the obvious question of Iran's potential role in satisfying our country's future energy requirements. Because Iran occupies a strategic location on the north side of the Persian Gulf, it is in a position to threaten oil fields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates, which together possess more than half of the world's known oil reserves. Iran also sits athwart the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway through which, daily, 40 percent of the world's oil exports pass. In addition, Iran is becoming a major supplier of oil and natural gas to China, India, and Japan, thereby giving Tehran additional clout in world affairs. It is these geopolitical dimensions of energy, as much as Iran's potential to export significant quantities of oil to the United States, that undoubtedly govern the administration's strategic calculations."

There's much, much more in this thorough, dispassionate -- and hair-raising -- piece. Bush's long, black train of war and death is loading up again.