Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What US is doing to others...Realities which the world is facing

This article which had appeared more than a year back has some stark
realities which the world is facing now.

It also corroborates the hypothesis that the REAL reason why the US
attacked Iraq was because Saddam Hussein had decided the move Iraq 's
Oil trade from US$ to Euro.

Why US attacked IRAQ???? Why the Dollar Bubble is about to Burst -
Little lengthy but worth every bit !!!
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London - 24 May, 2006

The Voice (issue 264 - 11th May) ran an article beginning, " Iran has
really gone and done it now. No, they haven't sent their first nuclear
sub in to the Persian Gulf . They are about to launch something much
more deadly -- next week the Iran Bourse will open to trade oil, not
in dollars but in Euros." This apparently insignificant event has
consequences far greater for the US people, indeed all for us all,
than is imaginable.

Currently almost all oil buying and selling is in US-dollars through
exchanges in London and New York . It is not accidental they are
both US-owned.

The Wall Street crash in 1929 sparked off global depression and World
War II. During that war the US supplied provisions and munitions to
all its allies, refusing currency and demanding gold payments in
exchange.


By 1945, 80% of the world's gold was sitting in US vaults. The dollar
became the one undisputed global reserve currency -- it was treated
world-wide as `safer than gold'. The Bretton Woods agreement was
established.

The US took full advantage over the next decades and printed dollars
like there was no tomorrow. The US exported many mountains of
dollars, paying for ever-increasing amounts of commodities, tax cuts
for the rich, many wars abroad, mercenaries, spies and politicians the
world over. You see, this did not affect inflation at home! The US
got it all for free! Well, maybe for a forest or two.

Over subsequent decades the world's vaults bulged at the seams and
more and more vaults were built, just for US dollars. Each year, the
US spends many more dollars abroad that at home. Analysts pretty much
agree that outside the US , of the savings, or reserves, of all other
countries, in gold and all currencies -- that a massive 66% of this
total wealth is in US dollars!

In 1971 several countries simultaneously tried to sell a small portion
of their dollars to the US for gold. Krassimir Petrov, (Ph. D. in
Economics at Ohio University ) recently wrote, "The US Government
defaulted on its payment on August 15, 1971. While popular spin told
the story of `severing the link between the dollar and gold', in
reality the denial to pay back in gold was an act of bankruptcy by the
US Government." (1) The 1945 Bretton Woods agreement was unilaterally
smashed.

The dollar and US economy were on a precipice resembling Germany
in 1929. The US now had to find a way for the rest of the world to
believe and have faith in the paper dollar. The solution was in oil,
in the petrodollar. The US viciously bullied first Saudi Arabia
and then OPEC to sell oil for dollars only -- it worked, the dollar
was saved. Now countries had to keep dollars to buy much needed oil.
And the US could buy oil all over the world, free of charge. What a
Houdini for the US ! Oil replaced gold as the new foundation to stop
the paper dollar sinking.

Since 1971, the US printed even more mountains of dollars to spend
abroad. The trade deficit grew and grew. The US sucked-in much of the
world's products for next to nothing. More vaults were built.

Expert, Cóilínn Nunan, wrote in 2003, "The dollar is the de facto
world reserve currency: the US currency accounts for approximately
two thirds of all official exchange reserves. More than four-fifths of
all foreign exchange transactions and half of all world exports are
denominated in dollars. In addition, all IMF loans are denominated in
dollars." (2)

Dr Bulent Gukay of Keele University recently wrote, "This system of
the US dollar acting as global reserve currency in oil trade keeps the
demand for the dollar `artificially' high. This enables the US to
carry out printing dollars at the price of next to nothing to fund
increased military spending and consumer spending on imports. There is
no theoretical limit to the amount of dollars that can be printed. As
long as the US has no serious challengers, and the other states have
confidence in the US dollar, the system functions." (3)

Until recently, the US-dollar has been safe. However, since 1990
Western Europe has been busy growing, swallowing up central and
Eastern Europe . French and German bosses were jealous of the US
ability to buy goods and people the world over for nothing. They
wanted a slice of the free cake too. Further, they now had the power
and established the euro in late 1999 against massive US-inspired
opposition across Europe, especially from Britain - paid for in
dollars of course. But the euro succeeded.

Only months after the euro-launch, Saddam's Iraq announced it was
switching from selling oil in dollars only, to euros only -- breaking
the OPEC agreement. Iran , Russia , Venezuela , Libya , all began
talking openly of switching too -- were the floodgates about to be
opened?

Then aeroplanes flew into the twin-towers in September 2001. Was this
another Houdini chance to save the US (petro)dollar and the biggest
financial/economic crash in history? War preparations began in the US
. But first war-fever had to be created -- and truth was the first
casualty. Other oil producing countries watched-on. In 2000 Iraq
began selling oil in euros. In 2002, Iraq changed all their
petro-dollars in their vaults into euros. A few months later, the US
began their invasion of Iraq .

The whole world was watching: very few aware that the US was
engaging in the first oil currency, or petrodollar war. After the
invasion of Iraq in March 2003, remember, the US secured oil areas
first. Their first sales in August were, of course, in dollars, again.
The only government building in Baghdad not bombed was the Oil
Ministry! It does not matter how many people are murdered -- for the
US , the petrodollar must be saved as the only way to buy and sell oil
-- otherwise the US economy will crash, and much more besides.

In early 2003, Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela talked openly of
selling half of its oil in euros (the other half is bought by the US
). On 12 April 2003, the US-supported business leaders and some
generals in Venezuela kidnapped Chavez and attempted a coup. The
masses rose against this and the Army followed suit. The coup failed.
This was bad for the US .

In November 2000 the euro/dollar was at $0.82 dollars, its lowest
ever, and still diving, but when Iraq started selling oil in euros,
the euro dive was halted. In April 2002 senior OPEC reps talked about
trading in euros and the euro shot up. In June 2003 the US occupiers
of Iraq switched trading back to dollars and the euro fell against
the dollar again. In August 2003 Iran starts to sell oil in euros to
some European countries and the euro rises sharply. In the winter of
2003-4 Russian and OPEC politicians talked seriously of switching
oil/gas sales to the euro and the euro rose. In February 2004 OPEC met
and made no decision to turn to the euro -- and yes, the euro fell
against the dollar. In June 2004 Iran announced it would build an oil
bourse to rival London and New York , and again, the euro rose. The
euro stands at $1.27 and has been climbing of late.

But matters this month became far, far worse for the US dollar. On 5th
May Iran registered its own Oil Bourse, the IOB. Not only are they
now selling oil in euros from abroad -- they have established an
actual Oil Bourse, a global trading centre for all countries to buy
and sell their oil!

In Chavez's recent visit to London ; he talked openly about
supporting the Iranian Oil Bourse, and selling oil in euros. When
asked in London about the new arms embargo imposed by the US
against Venezuela , Chavez prophetically dismissed the US as "a
paper tiger".

Currently, almost all the world's oil is sold on either the NYMEX, New
York Mercantile Exchange, or the IPE, London 's International
Petroleum Exchange. Both are owned by US citizens and both sell and
buy only in US dollars. The success of the Iran Oil Bourse makes sense
to Europe, which buys 70% of Iran 's oil. It makes sense for Russia
, which sells 66% of its oil to Europe . But worse for the US ,
China and India have already stated they are very interested in the
new Iranian Oil Bourse.

If there is a tactical-nuclear strike on - deja-vu - `weapons of mass
destruction' in Iran , who would bet against a certain Oil Exchange
and more, being bombed too?

And worse for Bush. It makes sense for Europe, China , India and
Japan-- as well as all the other countries mentioned above -- to buy
and sell oil in Euro's. They will certainly have to stock-up on euros
now, and they will sell dollars to do so. The euro is far more stable
than the debt-ridden dollar. The IMF has recently highlighted US
economic difficulties and the trade deficit strangling the US--
there is no way out.

The problem for so many countries now is how to get rid of their
vaults full of dollars, before it crashes? And the US has bullied so
many countries for so many decades around the world, that many will
see a chance to kick the bully back. The US cannot accept even 5% of
the world's dollars -- it would crash the US economy dragging much
of the world with it, especially Britain .

To survive, as the Scottish Socialist Voice article stated, "the US ,
needs to generate a trade surplus to get out of this one. Problem is
it can't." This is spot on. To do that they must force US workers into
near slavery, to get paid less than Chinese or Indian workers. We all
know that this will not happen.

What will happen in the US ? Chaos for sure. Maybe a workers
revolution, but looking at the situation as it is now, it is more
likely to be a re-run of Germany post-1929, and some form of
extreme-right mass movement will emerge.

Does Europe and China/Asia have the economic independence and strength
to stop the whole world's economies collapsing with the US ? Their
vaults are full to the brim with dollars.

The US has to find a way to pay for its dollar-imperialist
exploitation of the world since 1945. Somehow, eventually, it has to
account for every dollar in every vault in the world.

Bombing Iran could backfire tremendously. It would bring Iran
openly into the war in Iraq , behind the Shiite majority. The US
cannot cope even now with the much smaller Iraqi insurgency. Perhaps
the US will feed into the Sunni v Shiite conflict and turn it into a
wider Middle-East civil-war. However, this is so dangerous for global
oil supplies. Further, they know that this would be temporary, as some
country somewhere else, will establish a euro-oil-exchange, perhaps in
Brussels .

There is one `solution' -- scrap the dollar and print a whole new
currency for the US . This will destroy 66% of the rest of the
world's savings/reserves in one swoop. Imagine the implications? Such
are the desperate things now swimming around heads in the White House,
Wall Street and Pentagon.

Another is to do as Germany did, just before invading Poland in
1938. The Nazis filmed a mock Polish Army attack on Germany , to win
hearts and minds at home. But again, this is a finger in the dam. So,
how is the US going to escape this time? The only global arena of
total superiority left is military. Who knows what horrors lie ahead.
A new world war is one tool by which the US could discipline its
`allies' into keeping the dollar in their vaults.

The task of socialists today is to explain to as many as possible,
especially our class, that the coming crisis belongs purely to
capitalism and (dollar) imperialism. Not people of other cultures, not
Islam, not the axis of evil or their so-called WMDs. Their system
alone is to blame.

The new Iranian Oil Bourse, the IOB, is situated in a new building on
the free-trade-zone island of Kish , in the Persian Gulf . It's
computers and software are all set to go. The IOB was supposed to be
up and running last March, but many pressures forced a postponement.
Where the pressure came from is obvious. It was internationally
registered on 5th May and supposed to open mid-May, but its opening
was put off, some saying the oil-mafia was involved, along with much
international pressure. Just google `pertroeuro', and the story lies
before you.

From now on, anyone in the know will wake up every morning and, even
before coffee, will check out the latest exchange rate between the
euro and dollar.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Solid article. Personally, I think the proposed North American currency, the 'amero', has been in works for a while. Implementation hinges on Opec at this point.