Friday, December 08, 2006

T. touching down–

Personally, I'm not the least bit surprised about the OPEC decision. Going back a couple of years, I’ve read any number of articles trickled out by academics, journalists (and conspiratorialists), all who've claimed that –911, and potential WMDs aside– the real reason the U.S moved against Saddam Hussein was to keep him from selling Iraq’s oil for Euros. Read The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq by William Clark, for instance. Whether the premise has any real truth to it, the report feels like a pitch for an Oliver Stone film.

Anyway, the news is never good, is it.

In yet another related development, I don’t know if anyone remembers how back in 2004 Iran announced that it planned to establish an oil-trading market for Middle Eastern and OPEC producers? Well, I'm thinking, no wonder the U.K. is playing according to Coalition rules now: The Brits don’t want to see London's International Petroleum Exchange get wiped out by Iranian competition.

Okay, We Didn't Start the Fire, It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I feel fine). Worlds collide and what can you do about it?

Hey, have any of you guys read Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis? It’s about a girl growing up and coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Really good stuff.