Re: Energy and "the Clash of Civilizations" -- a policy thoughtpr oblem

From: Smigrodzki, Rafal (SmigrodzkiR@MSX.UPMC.EDU)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 11:12:55 MDT

Samantha wrote:

How is this obvious? Again, stopping plane hijacking and use as
missiles is just not that hard a problem. Certainly not hard
enough to risk WWIII by continuing screwing around in the
MidEast just for the sake of a little oil.

### I really do not believe that us dependence on oil is the cause of the
current political and military crisis. The real cause is the hatred that the
losers in a meme and economic system conflict (traditional religious groups,
fundamentalist Muslims) feel toward the winners - the US and Western Europe,
the powers which threaten them with extinction brought about by an
infectious surge of consumerism, freedom, capitalism, science, reason, and
not by military "screwing around for oil".

Rafal Smigrodzki, MD-PhD

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