A War Written in Stone
Speculations about whether or not the #US
will attack #Syria
are all over the news. Some believe the whole thing is a bluff, others that it will lead to a Third World War. I exclude no possibility but dare say that a new armed conflict in the #MiddleEast
is inevitable. A major #war
in the Middle East is written in stone, and in this post, I will try to explain why.
The dollar as the world currency
After the Second World War, the #dollar
emerged as a global currency. #USA
stood victorious with a fully intact industry and with the world’s largest #gold
reserve; there was simply no realistic alternative to the dollar at that time. The post-war monetary paradigm that emerged was called the #Bretton-Woods
system. The basic principle of this system was that all currencies were pegged against the dollar, which in turn was pegged against gold at $35 per ounce. In 1971, the Bretton-Woods system collapsed when the United States declared that it had printed too many dollars relative to how much gold it possessed. In practice this meant that the United States went bankrupt and the entire international monetary system had to be replaced.
Introducing the Petrodollar
Until 1971, the dollar was backed by the gold reserve possessed by the U.S. Everyone had confidence in dollars, because they could always be redeemed for the same amount of gold; hence trading in dollars was equivalent with trading in gold. In 1971, this confidence vanished and the lack of trust destabilized financial markets as the dollar now in practice was nothing more than a worthless piece of paper. To restore confidence in the dollar, and to maintain its position as a world #currency
, Washington was forced to back its dollars with something else. The problem was tricky to solve because, not only did the U.S lack enough gold, it was also struck by #PeakOil
the very same year. The decision was therefore to blatantly back up the dollar with other countries’ oil. #Washington
knew that all countries in the world must buy oil in order to survive, and if everyone had to pay for that oil with dollar, the dollar would become even stronger than it had been before 1971.
The U.S. implemented a simple plan 1971: Forcing #OPEC
to only accept dollars as payment for its #oil
. Earlier, the U.S. gold reserve gave the dollar strength, now it was OPEC’s oil. Suddenly, the U.S. could print any amount of dollars at any time without presenting any underlying assets of its own.
The World of Petrodollar
Simplified to three individual countries, we can explain the current world trade like this:
: Provides the rest of the world with oil. Accepts only U.S. dollars as payment and thus have a large pile of dollars in its vault.
: Provides products and services to the rest of the world. By selling mainly to the U.S., and therefore getting paid in dollar, China is also piling up huge amounts of dollars.
: Provides the world with U.S. dollars, as long as the printing press works the U.S. can freely #consume
any amount of oil, and import whatever it needs from China.
It may seem absurd, but this is how the #Petrodollar
works. China and Saudi Arabia are indeed rich in this system, but they are rich in dollars. If China and Saudi Arabia starts trading, they will actually just trade dollars with each other. No country can shop for their dollars without someone else getting an even bigger pile of dollars. You cannot escape the Petrodollar, period. The only thing that consumes Petrodollar in this system would be indebted countries that must pay of their dollar denominated debts. The fact that all dollars originate from the #printingpress
in the U.S., translates into that all nations indebted in dollars are working for the U.S… for free.
Organizations such as the #WTO
are actively maintaining this unjust world order by enforcing global #trade
in Petrodollar. The #IMF
is an organization that in a similar manner emits #loans
in dollars, and thus forcing countries into the world of Petrodollar. All #debt
must be paid by future #growth
, which in turn requires more oil. Both debt and oil is paid for in dollars, the #monopoly
currency of the United States. The #media
is talking a lot about how the WTO stands for #freetrade
and the IMF is helping poor countries get back on their feet. Nothing could be more misleading.
Have you ever wondered why some #thirdworld
countries are so poor even though they have large amounts of natural #resources
, cheap #labor
, non-existent environmental laws and other benefits that would contribute to economic #wealth
? These countries have no choice but to sell everything they own in exchange for dollars. Mines that take 10,000 men 100 years to build can easily be bought by the U.S. if the printing press runs a few extra hours in the evening. The Petrodollar is a #rigged
game where some will lose no matter what they do.
Why not leave the Petrodollar?
Four OPEC countries have chosen to leave the Petrodollar: #Iraq
. The first two were bombed by the U.S., after which they re-introduced the Petrodollar. Iran and Venezuela suffer massive economic, diplomatic and even violent attacks from #Washington
. Already eleven years ago, the #CIA
organized a coup d’état in Venezuela that almost succeeded. Iran is even worse off with half the U.S. fleet off their coast. If you as a leader decide that your country should leave the Petrodollar, you may expect the U.S. to level your nation with the ground and make sure that you never make the same ”mistake” again.
Nobody wants to end up like #Gaddafi
; therefore most countries sell their oil for dollars and enjoy U.S. #military
Other nations of the world are either allied with the U.S. in this Petrodollar system, or in desperate need of oil, and thus have no other choice but to recognize the Petrodollar. #Russia
is one exception to this rule, and one of few countries that dares to talk back to the U.S, simply because Russia is a huge oil producer and immune to the Petrodollar. Also China may resist pressure from Washington because the country imports large amounts of oil from the enemies of the Petrodollar in Russia, Iran and Venezuela. For countries that do not want to entrust Russia with their future, no alternative remains but to buy oil for dollars.
The Petrodollar is already 40 years old, will it survive another 40 years?
OPEC has lost half of its share of the world oil production since the Petrodollar was introduced. America’s own oil production has already peaked and will continue its downward trend once #shale
oil no longer delivers what it promises. This is bad enough for the Petrodollar, but it will get worse.
In the beginning of this post I wrote that the dollar since 1971 was backed by oil. Even if OPEC, Russia and all other countries around the world tried to keep the Petrodollar alive it would not be sufficient since Peak Oil has already occurred. Because of Peak Oil, we know that oil production will not increase, but rather decrease. If oil production drops, the U.S. can no longer shop for freshly printed dollars without causing the price of oil, which is priced in dollars, to reach the moon.
The dollar is a currency backed by the amount of oil sold in dollars; this is the essence of the Petrodollar. The #price
of oil will therefore increase if the U.S. prints more dollars than there is oil for sale in U.S. dollars. Similarly, the price of oil drops if the U.S. prints fewer dollars. Since Peak Oil has occurred, the U.S. has no choice but to print fewer dollars until the day comes when the Petrodollar finally dies. If the U.S. continues to print dollars at the same rate as before, #inflation
will inevitably occur.
To stop printing dollars is not an option for the U.S. since Washington has indebted the country to the hilt. If the #FED
even suggests that tapering is on the table, #interestrates
skyrocket and #stockmarkets
collapse. If the U.S. reduces the rate at which it is printing dollar, the national #debt
will implode. If the U.S. doesn’t reduce the rate, the dollar itself will collapse through hyperinflation. Therefore, I am confident that Petrodollar cannot survive another 40 years, or even 4 years. Because of Peak Oil the collapse of the Petrodollar is a fact, the only questions are when and how.
Why must there be a war?
War never starts because someone has the wrong religion, is cruel to its people or anything else you have learned in school. People are fed with these stories to motivate families to sacrifice their sons for others’ financial interests. The #genocide
in 1994 was blatantly ignored, and countries like #France
chose to leave the defenseless victims when it became critical. No one accepted the #UN’s
appeal for #military
intervention because there was no economic interest in an intervention in Rwanda. If there on the other hand are financial interests in a conflict, outside countries gladly provide #terrorists
in the hope that a situation will arise that justify military intervention.
The Petrodollar is the largest financial interest mankind has ever seen. Two world wars have been started for far less. When Peak Oil is now slowly but surely causing the Petrodollar to collapse, the U.S. has two options:
- Accept that the #game is lost and let the nation implode.
- Take advantage of the fact that it has a larger defense budget than the entire rest of the world combined.
The U.S. will obviously #gamble
on option 2, especially since the impact of option 1 is at least as bad as a #war
. Washington have known since 1971 that this day will eventually come and have already decided on option 2, this is the reason behind the enormous #defense
budget. The U.S. has also clearly demonstrated, in for example #Iraq
, that Washington will choose option 2 without a doubt.
Although the Petrodollar is doomed because of Peak Oil, Washington will try to exploit this #system
to the very end. Let us assume that the U.S. succeeds and defeats Iran without triggering a new world war. Surely the Petrodollar will survive a couple of more years, but then Russia will emerge on the list of countries to be bombed. Or is there some other giant oil reserve I have missed that you can buy for dollars?
As unlikely as the U.S. abandons the benefits of the Petrodollar, is the idea that Russia and China voluntarily would allow themselves to be #enslaved
under the very same Petrodollar. It should now be clear to everyone that Russia and China will not let U.S. embark on Iran without a fight. The leadership in #Moscow
are fully aware of how the Petrodollar operates and understands the importance of keeping the world’s fourth largest oil producer beyond Washington’s grip.
The current situation gives the U.S. no choice but to bomb one oil country after another to feed the Petrodollar with new oil. In the end, China and Russia will be compelled in self-preservation to defend one of these oil countries, where after the war is a fact. By all appearances, it looks as if this #oilnation
is called Iran.
The world has already been divided into two camps and the polarization is likely to continue, especially within OPEC. The #cartel
has lost #Gabon
as members. #Ecuador
has clearly demonstrated its contempt for the United States by failing to hand over #Assange
. Iraq and Libya are in ruins after civil wars and American bombing raids. #Angola
has slowly but surely fallen victim to China’s charm. Iran and Venezuela are at the forefront of an open #revolt
against Petrodollar. For each day that passes, the U.S. loses influence over OPEC and must by all accounts take drastic measures not to lose control of the Petrodollar.
To directly attack Iran is considered too dangerous, which is why #Obama
now threatens to attack Syria instead. Since Iran and Syria has a defense alliance, Washington hopes that Iran will feel compelled to intervene and thus be blamed for the entire war. If Iran does not interfere, and lets the U.S. bomb Syria unpunished, the Iranian regime will be undermined for the foreseeable future.
However, Obama is playing a dangerous game here; the situation in the Middle East can quickly escalate out of control. Neither China nor Russia will accept the U.S. offer of a world war just to save the regime in Syria, but both Beijing and Moscow stand ready to defend Iran regardless of circumstances. If Iran sinks an American ship in the #Persian
in retaliation for the attack on Syria, the war is a fact. By attacking Syria, the United States is simply giving Iran the right to decide whether or not this is the time for a new world war.
No matter what happens with Syria this autumn, the U.S. will escalate this conflict closer to a war with Iran. Russia and China defends Iran which, in turn, promised to defend Syria. Exactly how this develops is anybody’s guess, but at some point the U.S. will forcibly impose the Petrodollar on Iran, and that is why the #war
is written in stone.
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