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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:36 AM
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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IA17Ak02.html

Jan 17, 2007


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The Pentagon's energy-protection racket
By Michael T Klare

It has once again become fashionable for the dwindling supporters of President George W Bush's futile war in Iraq to stress the danger of "Islamo-fascism" and the supposed drive by followers of Osama bin Laden to establish a monolithic, Taliban-like regime - a "caliphate" - stretching from Gibraltar to Indonesia.

Bush himself has employed this term on occasion over the years, using it to describe efforts by Muslim extremists to create "a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom". While there may indeed be hundreds, even thousands, of



disturbed and suicidal individuals who share this delusional vision, the world actually faces a far more substantial and universal threat, which might be dubbed "energo-fascism", or the militarization of the global struggle over ever-diminishing supplies of energy.

Unlike Islamo-fascism, energo-fascism will, in time, affect nearly every person on the planet. Either the US will be compelled to participate in or finance foreign wars to secure vital supplies of energy, such as the current conflict in Iraq; or we Americans will be at the mercy of those who control the energy spigot, like the customers of the Russian energy juggernaut Gazprom in Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia; or sooner or later we may find ourselves under constant state surveillance, lest we consume more than our allotted share of fuel or engage in illicit energy transactions. This is not simply some future dystopian nightmare, but a potentially all-encompassing reality whose basic features, largely unnoticed, are developing today.

These include:...........
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:59 AM
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1. Bush angered his Saudi buddies
when he used the term "islamo-fascism" because it hit too close to home.

Bush is more successful when he uses vague and unspecific terms (like "the terrorists") because it covers up the fact that all of his allies in the ME are autocratic states.
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Bruce McAuley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 11:48 AM
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2. I like petrofascism better, rolls off the tongue easier...
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