By F. William Engdahl
This e-book is a gripping account of the murky international of the foreign oil and its function in global politics. Scandals approximately oil are widely used to such a lot folks. From George W. Bush's election victory to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US politics and oil get pleasure from a controversially shut courting. the U.S. economic climate depends the inexpensive and limitless offer of this unmarried gasoline. William Engdahl takes the reader via a heritage of the oil industry's grip at the global economic system. His revelations are startling.
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Deutsche Bank held a minority 9 per cent share of Deutsche Petroleums Verkaufgesellschaft, hardly a decisive interest. Germany in 1912 had no independent, secure supply of oil. But geologists had discovered oil in that part of Mesopotamia today called Iraq, between Mosul and Baghdad. The projected line of the last part of the Berlin–Baghdad rail link would go right through the area believed to hold large oil reserves. Efforts to pass legislation in the Berlin Reichstag in 1912–13 to establish a German state-owned company to develop and run the new found oil resources independently of the American Rockefeller Engdahl 01 chap01 25 24/8/04 8:17:54 am Figure 1 Text of the remarkable 1899 agreement secured on behalf of the British government with Sheikh Mubarak al-Sabah of Kuwait.
Mackinder described how the more far-thinking of the British establishment viewed their Palestine project in 1919: If the World-Island be inevitably the principal seat of humanity on this globe, and if Arabia, as the passage-land from Europe to the Indies and from the Northern to the Southern Heartland, be central to the World-Island, then the hill citadel of Jerusalem has a strategical position with reference to world-realities not differing essentially from its ideal position in the perspective of the Middle Ages, or its strategical position between ancient Babylon and Egypt.
Oil had proved to be at the center of geopolitics. By the end of the First World War, no major power was unaware of the vital strategic importance of the new fuel, petroleum, for future Engdahl 01 chap01 38 24/8/04 8:17:58 am Oil Becomes the Weapon, the Near East the Battleground 39 military and economic security. At the end of the war, fully 40 per cent of the British naval fleet was oil fired. In 1914, at the onset of the war, the French army had a mere 110 trucks, 60 tractors and 132 airplanes.
A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order by F. William Engdahl