|What's Cookin' George?|
Conspiracy theories are usually the province of left wing nutters who need
to invent reasons for their failures which avoid their own shortcomings.
In fairness, the ABC generally tries to avoid the temptation of using them,
instead relying on straight out lack-of-balance to promote their mid-left point
However the ABC's 7:30 Report (2002-09-09) has a good one. It suggests
that the US has a hidden Iraqi agenda which goes beyond the rapidly tiring
'regime change' mantra: a political reshaping of the Middle East.
Until now, the US hasn't
wanted to destabilize the Middle East, and hence hasn't wanted to destabilize
Iraq, which sits pretty will in the middle of it all. But this may be just why
they want to go in now.
Remember that the fanatical religion which spawned Al Qaeda and the
September-11 terrorists was Saudi-based. Saudi works very much like the corrupt
third world countries on the international welfare tit. In these countries, a
corrupt dictatorship survives by taxing foreign aid, and maintains just enough
military force to quell a revolution. Keeping their own people poor and
uneducated is essential for the elite to stay in power, so they do so.
Saudi is similar except that incoming money isn't aid - it's oil money, and
it's in large, not short supply. But the issues in keeping their people
misinformed and uneducated still apply. And just like the rest of the
Middle Eastern dictatorships, the House of Saud has to keep their people
focused on religious and external matters to draw attention away from their own
corruption. Unfortunately for the US, the massive amount of oil money injected
into Saudi trickles down through the channels of corruption. The result? Many
brainwashed ignorant religious zealots who are also very rich. They also have
gripe with the US, who props up the House of Saud to ensure their supply of
The US may have spotted the cruel irony of their own money being used to
finance terrorists attacks against them, and decided the House of Saud must go.
If communism was a cancer, then perhaps so is democracy. If it can start in
Iraq, maybe it can grow outwards, and destroy the Middle Eastern dictatorships
one at a time.
Previously the US has not wanted to stir the cauldron of hate in the Middle
East to avoid unnecessary blood spillage. Suddenly though, the US seems keen on
cooking up another Desert Storm. Perhaps Saddam's head is not the only thing on