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    "It is the Oil, Stupid!" by Joseph Clifford

    The Russians got into their Vietnam right after we got out of ours? Isn't
    that strange?

    We supported Bin Laden and the Taliban for years, and viewed them as
    freedom fighters against the Russians? Isn't that strange?

    As late as 1998 the US was paying the salary of every single Taliban
    official in Afghanistan? Isn't that strange?

    There is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than in Saudi Arabia,
    but you need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil out. Isn't
    that
    strange?

    UNOCAL, a giant American Oil conglomerate, wanted to build a 1000 mile
    long
    pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea.
    Isn't
    that strange?

    UNOCAL spent $10,000,000,000 on geological surveys for
    pipeline construction, and very nicely courted the Taliban for their
    support in allowing the construction to begin. Isn't that strange?

    All of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with
    UNOCAL
    in 1998. Isn't that strange?

    1998-1999 the Taliban changed its mind and threw UNOCAL out of the
    country
    and awarded the pipeline project to a company from Argentina. Isn't that
    strange?

    John Maresca VP of UNOCAL testified before Congress and said no pipeline
    until the Taliban was gone and a more friendly government was
    established.
    Isn't that strange?

    1999-2000 The Taliban became the most evil people in the world. Isn't
    that
    strange?

    Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior
    American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan
    would go ahead by the middle of October. Isn't that strange?

    9/11 WTC disaster.

    Bush goes to war against Afghanistan even though none of the hijackers
    came
    from Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?

    Bush blamed Bin Laden but has never offered any proof saying it's a
    "secret". Isn't that strange?

    Taliban offered to negotiate to turn over Bin Laden if we showed them
    some
    proof. We refused; we bombed. Isn't that strange?

    Bush said: "This is not about nation building. It's about getting the
    terrorists." Isn't that strange?

    We have a new government in Afghanistan. Isn't that strange?

    The leader of that government formerly worked for UNOCAL. Isn't that
    strange?

    Bush appoints a special envoy to represent the US to deal with that new
    government, who formerly was the "chief consultant to UNOCAL". Isn't that
    strange?

    The Bush family acquired their wealth through oil? Isn't that strange?

    Bush's Secretary of Interior was the President of an oil company before
    going to Washington. Isn't that strange?

    George Bush Sr. now works with the "Carlysle Group" specializing in huge
    oil investments around the world. Isn't that strange?

    Condoleezza Rice worked for Chevron before gong to Washington. Isn't that
    strange?

    Chevron named one of its newest "supertankers" after Condoleezza. Isn't
    that strange?

    Dick Cheney worked for the giant oil conglomerate Haliburton before
    becoming VP. Isn't that strange?

    Haliburton gave Cheney $34,000,000,000 as a farewell gift when he left
    Haliburton. Isn't that strange?

    Haliburton is in the pipeline construction business. Isn't that strange?

    There is $6 Trillion dollars worth of oil in the Caspian Sea area. Isn't
    that strange?

    The US government quietly announces Jan 31, 2002 we will support the
    construction of the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. Isn't that strange?

    President Musharref (Pakistan), and Karrzai, (Afghanistan -Unocal)
    announce agreement to build proposed gas pipeline from Central Asia to
    Pakistan via Afghanistan. (Irish Times 02/10/02) Isn't that strange?

    "It's the Oil, Stupid!"

    Mr. Joseph Clifford contributed above article to
    Media Monitors Network (MMN)
    from James Town, Rhode Island, USA

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