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How did the United States become the Nanny Empire that protects the dirty oil necessary for the destruction of the global climate system and the global ecosystem?
How did the United States become the Nanny Empire that enables, protects, and encourages the minions of Oil-Qaeda, whose business it is to pollute the natural systems that must be healthy and thriving before human civilization can be healthy and thriving?
How did dirty oil become "the lifeblood" of the U.S. economy (The Fleets & Terrorism Follow The Oil), then become the drug used to execute current civilization (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch)?
How can a global theatrical tragedy last so long (The Peak of Sanity - 3)?
And why is Nanny America bombing stuff near Erbil, Iraq ?
All this does sound so very World-War-Two-ish after all:
Notice the following quote from a book, published in 1944, commenting on U.S. exceptional propaganda of that time, aptly describing the McTell News generated perception and concept of a "national enemy":(Myth Addiction Is Establishment's LSD - 3). Let's go back to a time before World War I and II when NATO did not exist, and the U.S. was not one of the Nanny States of Oil-Qaeda.
The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims, while incidentally capturing their markets; to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples, while blundering accidentally into their oil wells.(As We Go Marching, by John T. Flynn, 1944, page 222). Some experts expect Iraq to "accidentally" become the largest supplier of oil now, since we blundered "accidentally into their oil wells".
II. Act One
Act One of this theatrical tragedy was the decision of The British Empire to switch from one dirty fossil fuel (coal) to another dirty fossil fuel (oil) to be used in its gunboat diplomacy engines in its Naval Fleet (Viva Egypt - 2, The Universal Smedley - 2).
What made that decision relevant to today's post's title (which includes "NATO" and "Nanny America") is that Britain had plenty of coal under its own land, but the new dirty fossil fuel, oil, was at that time not under the lands of Britain (ibid).
That dirty fossil fuel, oil, was at that time under the lands of the Middle East (ibid).
Therefore, control of the Middle East region became the new Western Foreign Policy (ibid).
III. Act Two
Act Two was World War One --a war among empires:
Before the conflict began, empires ruled the world. The British Empire was at its peak. The Ottoman Empire controlled almost all the Middle East. [The Russian Empire] was run by a czar. The modern ideas of nationalism and owning a passport as we know it today simply did not exist.(WW I, emphasis added). That oil war, which broke out soon after big oil deposits were discovered in the Middle East, substantially shaped the world today (A Closer Look At MOMCOM's DNA - 2).
By the end of the war, Europe’s power structures had completely changed. The Ottoman Empire broke up, and the Sykes-Picot treaty redrew the Middle East [e.g. Persian Empire] with consequences we deal with today. The Bolsheviks overthrew the czar, and the Soviet Union succeeded the Russian Empire.
IV. Act Three
That oil war also led to Act Three, the rise of the U.S. oil-based Empire:
The fighting essentially annihilated European economies, paving the way for the U.S. to become an economic powerhouse. Yet the U.S. was(ibid, emphasis added). Thus, Act Three was the U.S. becoming the main fighting force in the oil wars because of the relevant demise of the empires of that time.
seen as a political teenager. The idea of turning to the Americans to play a decisive role in a global conflict was unheard of before then.
MOMCOM becomes OIL Nanny
The war effort shattered traditions of daily life. For the first time in history, women en masse left the home and went to work.
However, when women returned from the factories each day, many did not have husbands to return to.
In Britain, for example, nearly 1.2 million women ages 25 to 34 were still not married by 1921 because so many young men died in battle.
It is also why the recent Ukraine crisis involves NATO and the United States:
When Russia seized Crimea in March, it acquired not just the Crimean landmass but also a maritime zone more than three times its size with the rights to underwater resources potentially worth trillions of dollars.(The Peak Of The Oil Wars - 10). The NATO Nanny pushed Europe in the wrong direction on that one.
Russia portrayed the takeover as reclamation of its rightful territory, drawing no attention to the oil and gas rush that had recently been heating up in the Black Sea. But the move also extended Russia’s maritime boundaries, quietly giving Russia dominion over vast oil and gas reserves while dealing a crippling blow to Ukraine’s hopes for energy independence.
Russia did so under an international accord that gives nations sovereignty over areas up to 230 miles from their shorelines. It had tried, unsuccessfully, to gain access to energy resources in the same territory in a pact with Ukraine less than two years earlier.
V. Act Four
This NATO vs Russia tension is leading to Act Four, which is the cracking and splitting of the interests of Europe from U.S. interests.
Much of that is a result of Russia being a player as a supplier of oil to Europe.
Gabor Steingart (the publisher of Germany’s leading financial newspaper Handelsblatt) writes:
"In view of the events in Ukraine, the government and many media have switched from level-headed to agitated. The spectrum of opinions has been narrowed to the width of a sniper scope. The politics of escalation does not have a realistic goal – and harms German interests.(The West On The Wrong Path, emphasis added). One facet of that splitting and cracking is that the Europeans were not willing to join U.S. invasions in recent times.
The politics of escalation show that Europe sorely misses a realistic goal. It’s a different thing in the US. Threats and posturing are simply part of the election preparations. When Hillary Clinton compares Putin with Hitler, she does so only to appeal to the Republican vote, i.e. people who do not own a passport. For many of them, Hitler is the only foreigner they know, which is why Adolf Putin is a very welcome fictitious campaign effigy. In this respect, Clinton and Obama have a realistic goal: to appeal to the people, to win elections, to win another Democratic presidency.
Angela Merkel can hardly claim these mitigating circumstances for herself. Geography forces every German Chancellor to be a bit more serious. As neighbors of Russia, as part of the European community bound in destiny, as recipient of energy and supplier of this and that, we Germans have a clearly more vital interest in stability and communication. We cannot afford to look at Russia through the eyes of the American Tea Party.”
Germany and Britain have not wanted to get into the bombing of Syria or the new bombing Iraq being done by the dwindling "coalition of the willing."
That is why the U.S. is bombing stuff near Erbil, Iraq on its own (Erbil Oil Conference, The Real Reason The US Is Bombing Iraq, Oil and Erbil).
And why al Maliki is acting out like Karzai had been acting out, before "the ISIS" went all rogue and mavericky to bite the hand that had been feeding it.
NOTE: in this post, the use of the word "oil" can include "natural gas" when appropriate in the context.
The point of this post is to point out a long history of reliance and/or addiction to fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) as well as the consequences for so doing.
A "reliance" that can and has morphed into "addiction" and war in times past.
And still can and does, even to the point of "going nuclear" (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch - 2).
Long Time Gone, by Crosby Stills & Nash (lyrics here):