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This is just a few selected events taken from a website (I’ll put the link at the bottom). Some of the events are verified, but not all the info. The U.S. involvement with the Middle East is sickening. All the things we’ve done to them, all the wars we’ve started and created. Our obsession with Israel is crazy. I just thought I’d share this. It’s even more astounding that George Bush Claimed America is “the most peaceful nation”. HA.
1932-34: Oil is discovered in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and U.S. oil companies obtain concessions.
1944: U.S. State Department memo refers to Middle Eastern oil as “a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.” During U.S.-British negotiations over the control of Middle Eastern oil, President Roosevelt sketches out a map of the Middle East and tells the British Ambassador, “Persian oil is yours. We share the oil of Iraq and Kuwait. As for Saudi Arabian oil, it’s ours.” On August 8, 1944, the Anglo-American Petroleum Agreement is signed, splitting Middle Eastern oil between the U.S. and Britain.
Between 1948 and 1960, Western capital earns $12.8 billion in profits from the production, refining and sale of Middle Eastern oil, on fixed investments totaling $1.3 billion.
March 9, 1957: Congress approves Eisenhower Doctrine, stating “the United States regards as vital to the national interest and world peace the preservation of the independence and integrity of the nations of the Middle East.”
1966: U.S. sells its first jet bombers to Israel, breaking with 1956 decision not to sell arms to the Zionist state.
June 1967: With U.S. weapons and support, Israeli military launches the so-called “Six Day War,” seizing the remaining 23 percent of historic Palestine—the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem—along with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Syria’s Golan Heights.
1979: U.S. President Jimmy Carter designates the Persian Gulf a vital U.S. interest and declares the U.S. will go to war to ensure the flow of oil.
September 22, 1980: Iraq invades Iran with tacit U.S. support, starting a bloody eight-year war. The U.S. supports both sides in the war providing arms to Iran and money, intelligence and political support to Iraq in order to prolong the war and weaken both sides, while trying to draw both countries into the U.S. orbit.
January 16, 1991: After a 6-month military buildup, the U.S.-led coalition launches “Operation Desert Storm.” For the next 42 days, U.S. and allied planes pound Iraq, dropping 88,000 tons of bombs, systematically targeting and largely destroying its electrical and water systems. On February 22, 1991, the U.S. coalition begins its 100-hour ground war. Heavily armed U.S. units drive deep into southern Iraq. Overall, 100,000 to 200,000 Iraqis are killed during the war.
1993: U.S. launches missile attack on Iraq, claiming self-defense against an alleged assassination attempt on former president Bush two months earlier.
1995: The U.S. imposes oil and trade sanctions against Iran, reinforcing sanctions in effect since 1979, for alleged sponsorship of ‘terrorism’, seeking to acquire nuclear arms and hostility to the Middle East process. (BBC, CSM)
January 2001: Tenth anniversary of the U.S. war on Iraq: sanctions are still in place and the UN estimates that 4,500 children are dying per month from disease and malnutrition as a result. The U.S. planes, which have flown over 280,000 sorties in Iraq over the past decade, continue to attack from the air. In the past two years, over 300 Iraqis have been killed in these bombings.
October 2001: U.S. begins bombing Afghanistan, as the first act of war in “Operation Enduring Freedom”—the U.S. “war against global terrorism.”
To Whom it May concern:
I’m sick of the government taking OUR money and throwing it away on guns, murder, blood, and violence. I’m tired of this war and the affects it has on this country, but I’m more tired at the fact that no one cares enough to do anything. I’m sick of all this money going into this billion dollar war, but what about our EDUCATION system?? There’s teachers getting laid off, schools are getting shut down, teachers are paying for supplies with their own money (and they already make shit for salary), and classrooms are almost doubling in size!
This and the next generations to follow will suffer the consequences if nothing is done! Tuition price is already increasing, classes are being diminished, but what about the future? What about the kids? Things will only get worse if nothing is done!!
I’m going to try and rally up some people this summer and attempt a protest for the summer. I want to make some shirts and picket signs… and come up with some slogans.
It’s about time someone stood up against the corrupt government in this country!
STOP THE WAR!!!
KEEP OUR SCHOOLS!! STOP THE CUTS!!!
Hope all is well with everyone else. Just wanted to get these thoughts out there.