her synopsis of a recent executive order:
ANY US CITIZEN thought to be "UNDERMINING" (my, that word is vague) the US protection of PETROLEUM PRODUCTS in Iraq is now subject to having all of their assets and property instantly frozen without warning.
my thoughts on the subject:
.lady.leblanc. you've once again hit the proverbial nail on the head.
something i learned a few years ago that made sense of this whole iraq war:
since the '70s, the US dollar has had no backing by gold. instead, when the dollar was unhitched from the gold standard, some nixon era thug like kissinger made a deal with OPEC that it would back saudi oil interests with US guns if the partners of OPEC agreed to sell oil strictly on the dollar. this became known as the Petrodollar and it has been the single strongest factor keeping debt ridden US currency from collapsing.
in 2000 saddam hussein and hugo chavez had a plan to undermine US imperialism: sell iraqi and venezuelan oil on the euro instead of the dollar. the euro had been steadily gaining in stability and was finally considered a strong enough currency to use as a standard on the global market. saddam hussein was the first to begin selling on the euro. we saw what happened to him. the first executive order passed when the US took control of baghdad was to cease the selling of iraqi oil on the euro and resume selling it on the US dollar.
chavez has had his own share of trials and tribulations, not the least of which was the oil industry sponsored coup that forced him out of office until the venezeulan people had a counter-coup and reinstated him into office.
the latest nation to begin selling oil on the euro is iran. as soon as they announced their "oil bourse" the war drums began beating louder and louder about iran's alleged threat.
yes, iraq, iran and venezeula pose(d) a threat to the united states, but it was not so much a terrorist threat as an economic threat.
the financiers behind this war don't care how many innocents die. what matters most to them is that the dollar does not collapse.
for some of the grimmer perspectives on this war, i suggest the recent movie "iraq for sale." for info on the petrodollar, google the word petrodollar or read the book titled "petrodollar warfare."
in the eyes of the masters of war, it is a far graver crime to undermine the solvency of the dollar than it is to slaughter innocents. any threat to the oil is a threat to the stability of the dollar and, therefore, perceived as the gravest threat of all.
until we as a nation can see our way out of the trap that our currency binds us to, i'm afraid we are going to be beholden to decisions made by bankers and arms dealers and international terror financiers.
i think ron paul may be onto something when he says that the best way out of this trap is to abolish the federal reserve and return a federally issued dollar to the gold standard. as it stands, we have a federal reserve note that is produced by private banks at interest that generates debt (from the government to the banks) that we, the citizens, owe, and this debt is propped up in such a manner that we continually work to keep it afloat in spite of the suffering that is generated in the name of keeping it strong.
one solution that has been proposed is the so called liberty dollars. google liberty dollars for more info.
other solutions are simply to barter as much as possible, make almost no money and refuse to pay federal income taxes.
resistance to war taxes isn't much on an individual level, but it's certainly more effective than carrying picket signs or petitioning the democrats, who are beholden to the same arms industry lobbies for reelection, to change policy.
don't take my word for it, though. listen to the rhetoric of the democratic party front-runners and ask yourself how quickly you think they'll scale down this "war without end."
in the meantime, it might not hurt to stockpile silver and copper and other metals that conduct electricity. they'll maintain value and have practical use no matter how stable the dollar turns out to be. and, of course, precious metals won't be as blood soaked as federal reserve notes.