There was a story from one of the Gulf Wars about a reporter asking Western troops why they thought they were there. A US soldier said something like “Ah’m here to serve mah country ma’am.” A British soldier said “Wool, itsa oil, innit?”
As yet another Western intervention/invasion in the Middle East gathers pace, why is the commentariat apparently oblivious to the role of oil? Oil has driven a century of meddling by Western countries, meddling that has fed generations of resentment and radicalisation, and you can be sure oil is behind the current interest of the US in Islamic State.
One can write of the decline of the USA, and that has already been noted many times. One can write of the collapse of the USA, and that arguably is in process. But neither characterisation would capture what is now happening to the USA.
The USA is being destroyed before our eyes. The nation with the greatest military defences in history, by far, is being taken over and sacked. Like Singapore in World War II, it’s guns are pointing in the wrong direction. This time the destructive horde is not Japanese soldiers rattling overland on bicycle rims, it is people who claim to be patriotic Americans.
The 10th anniversary of “9-11” will see a frenzy of commentary. Ten years ago I saw it as the beginning of an end game that will see the collapse of US power, and perhaps of the current version of global consumer capitalism. Recent political and financial events in the US suggest it is still very much on that track. This is from 15 October 2001.
The aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. is developing ominously, and in broad terms predictably. Violence is being met with violence. More innocent people are dead, on both sides, and more relatives are grieving. It seems likely that the U.S. counterattack on Afghanistan will be counterproductive, because for every bomb that drops another young moslem will join the holy war against the U.S.