Addition to Blog Post, “Religion, Oil, and the Middle East

Here’s a paragraph I’ve added to my blog post, “Religion, Oil, and the Middle East” that further develops my point concerning the overriding significance of oil in US Middle East policy:

In the June 2, 2016, issue of the London Review of Books, Naomi Klein comments on the overriding significance of oil in US Middle East policy: “[O]il,. . . . unlike renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar, are not widely distributed but highly concentrated in very specific locations, and those locations have a bad habit of being in other people’s countries. . . . This is why the project of Orientalism, of othering Arab and Muslim people, has been the silent partner of our oil dependence from the start. . . . [When] nations and peoples are regarded as other–exotic, primitive, bloodthirsty, as Said documented in the 1970’s–it is far easier to wage wars and stage coups when they get the crazy idea that they should control their own oil in their own interests. In 1953 it was the British-US collaboration to overthrow the . . . elected government of Muhammad Mossadegh after he nationalized the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP). In 2003, exactly 50 years later, it was another UK-US co-production–the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. . . . [I]n the Middle East, Western fighter jets. . . . [and] bombs follow oil”.

You can read the complete post here.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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