“You won’t hear Middle East oil mentioned on the cable news airwaves,” wrote CJ Werleman, author of Crucifying America, in a recent piece on AlterNet. “You will hear ‘clash of civilizations,’ ‘religiously motivated terrorism,’ and any number of similar phrases that are meant to distract and divert us from facing the central dispute between us and the Muslim world: we are addicted to the oil beneath their feet, and we intend to dominated the land they stand on.”
In his article, “We Aren’t Trying to End Global Terror: We’re After the Oil,” Werleman said that oil, and oil alone, is the reason why we will continually be in conflict with the Middle East.
“We have propped up despotic regimes and brutal dictators, overthrown democratically elected governments and waged three wars in two decades on Muslim soil,” wrote Werleman. “All while we fund and are complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation and theft of Palestinian land.”
Werleman said that ISIS has come about as a result of American involvement in Middle Eastern affairs. “After we removed Saddam and his Sunni quasi-government, ISIS was the response by those Sunnis blocked from enjoying economic participation in Iraq,”he wrote.
“It’s time to face reality and the monster in the mirror: we are not trying to end global terror, nor are we trying to promote Western secular democracy in the Middle East,” Werleman said. “Our motivation and desires are no secret. We do everything to ensure that we, and our allies … have a reliable supply to the region’s liquid gold.”
While media outlets are questioning why so many Westerners, mostly British Muslims, are attracted to ISIS, Werleman says the answers is clear.
“Muslims were pulled from former British colonies during the 1940s to provide cheap labor for the reconstruction of Britain in the aftermath of the second world war … Industrial collapse turned these mills into dust heaps, and today Muslim urban ghettos in the UK now resemble the socio-economic conditions of predominantly black urban ghettos in America. For British Muslims, high unemployment is the norm, as is racial discrimination and anti-immigrant violence. For many, economic and social oppression at home looks a whole lot like the social and economic oppression that is occurring in Muslim countries abroad. The collapse of liberal democracies in the face of unfettered capitalism has failed minorities everywhere in the West.”
Werleman also pointed out that the oil reserves in Saudi Arabia are diminishing, so, of course, the oppressive Saudi regime welcomes the American presence as protection for what it has left. “The central and founding charter of Al Qaeda was to remove our bases from the Holy Land,” Werleman said. “It was no coincidence that 17 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis.”
Werleman concluded by saying that “our addiction to Middle East oil supplies … [means] that 2001 was the start of our endless war with the Muslim world.”
Read the entire piece at AlterNet.