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94,773.  In the Middle East, the major concern was (and remains) the incomparable energy reserves of the region, primarily in the Arabian peninsula.  These were to be incorporated within the US-dominated system.  (Middle East & Energy & Oil)  Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy p53

 

94,775.  The United States did not then need Middle East oil for itself.  Rather, the goal was to dominate the world system, ensuring that others would not strike an independent course.  (Middle East & Energy & Oil)  ibid.

 

94,778.  The Nixon Doctrine had established Iran under the Shah and Israel as the 'cops on the beat' in the region.  ibid.

 

94,779.  Few issues in world affairs are so important as control of the world's energy system – or so threatening to world peace ... As long as it was possible, the ‘Soviet threat’ was brandished to justify US actions to ensure its dominance over Middle East oil.  (Middle East & Energy & Oil)  ibid.     

 

94,816.  1985-6, the US and its Israeli ally was responsible for the most serious acts of international terrorism in this region, not to speak of the leading role of the United States in international terrorism elsewhere in the world, and in earlier years.  The worst single terrorist act in the region in 1985 was a car-bombing in Beirut that killed eighty people and wounded 250.  (Middle East & Lebanon & Terrorism & Empire US)  ibid.  

 

95,042.  For many years, the US has stood virtually alone in blocking a diplomatic settlement in the Middle East ... Given US power, its opposition amounts to a veto.  Accordingly, the peace process has been effectively deterred.  (Middle East & Israel)  ibid. 

 

95,043.  The prevailing judgement has been that enhancement of Israeli power contributes to US domination of the region.  For such reasons, the US has always blocked attempts at diplomatic resolution.  (Middle East & Israel)  ibid. 

 

95,044.  The basic terms of the international consensus on the Arab-Israeli were expressed in a resolution brought to the Security Council in January 1976, calling for a settlement on the pre-June 1967 borders.  (Middle East & Israel)  ibid.

 

95,045.  Lying behind these gambits is the belief that US-backed Israeli violence has finally brought the Palestinians to heel.  (Middle East & Israel & Palestine)  ibid.

 

95,047.  The US veto effectively terminated any UN role in the peace process.  (Palestine & Israel & Middle East)  ibid. 

 

95,048.  The Israeli rejection clearly showed that the basic problem is not Palestinian rights per se, but rather the fact that recognizing them would end Israeli control over the territories.  (Palestine & Israel & Middle East)  ibid.

 

95,049.  The available evidence indicates that the US kept to the international consensus until February 1971, when it rejected the Jarring-Sadat initiative.  US isolation increased in the mid-1970s as the consensus shifted to recognition of a Palestinian right of self-determination.  Coincidently, it was in February 1971 that George Bush became part of the executive apparatus as UN Ambassador.  A compliant bureaucrat, Bush has adhered to US rejectionism throughout, and gives no indication of any departure today.  (Palestine & Israel & Middle East)  ibid.  

 

95,055.  Control over Middle East energy provides leverage in world affairs and guarantees a substantial flow of capital to the economies of the United States and Britain.  (Middle East & Energy & Oil)  ibid.

 

 

81,072.  By curious accident of history and geography, the world’s major energy resources are located pretty much in Shiite regions.  They’re a minority in the Middle East, but they happen to be where the oil is, right around the northern part of the Gulf.  (Middle East & Oil & Energy)  Noam Chomsky

 

 

107,157.  Since about 1970 the United States has stood virtually alone in the international arena in blocking diplomatic efforts to bring about a negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict through peaceful means.  Noam Chomsky, ‘Protecting Corporate Power Against Democracy’, lecture July 1995 Youtube 

 

 

108,741.  Kissinger won out: we followed the policy of stalemate.  Since that time the United States has been alone in the world outside of Israel in blocking every move towards a political settlement.  It’s vetoed UN security council resolutions … year after year.  (Israel & Palestine & Middle East)  Noam Chomsky, lecture BMFA 18th February 1993 

 

 

94,774.  A stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history ... probably the rich economic prize in the world in the field of foreign investment.  US State Department  

 

 

94,780.  In the past, when the United States was confronting the Soviet Union and competing for influence with Moscow in the Middle East, the stake in whose allies controlled what oil reserves had a military and strategic dimension.  But today, with the Soviet Union cooperating in the crisis, that argument has lost much of its urgency.  (Middle East & Oil)  Thomas Friedman, The New York Times diplomatic correspondent

 

 

20,725.  Do you think the Americans are acting out of concern for others?  Those pigs only want control of the Middle East oilfields!  They couldn’t give a shit if 10,000 people died!  (GBH Films & Empire US & Middle East)  The Baader Meinhof Complex 2005 [Der Baader Meinhof Komplex] starring Moritz Bleibtreu & Martina Gedeck & Johanna Wokalek & Nadja Uhl & Simon Licht & Alexandra Maria Lara & Susanne Bormann & Bruno Ganz et al, director Uli Edel

 

 

58,160.  The Middle East.  Home of the world’s greatest religions.  And scene of one of the world’s bloodiest and more enduring conflicts.  The roots of this conflict lie in one of the swiftest, most spectacular and most devastating wars of the twentieth century.  (Israel & Middle East)  Days that Shook the World: Battle for the Holy City

 

58,161.  June 6th 1967: Israel’s war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan is entering its second day.  (Israel & Middle East)  ibid.

 

58,162.  Gamal Abdel Nasser, president of Egypt has long been considered the leader of the Arab world ... The darling of the Muslim masses.  (Israel & Middle East)  ibid.

 

58,163.  Theirs is not the only temple in Jerusalem.  (Israel & Middle East)  ibid.

 

 

64,875.  The Middle East was a battlefield for most of the twentieth century.   One of the hardest fought wars of all was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel.  (Battle & Middle East)  Peter & Dan Snow, 20th Century Battlefields: Middle East 6/8, BBC 2013

 

64,876.  The October war of 1973: Israel had won total control of the skies.  (Battle & Middle East)  ibid.

 

64,877.  For the Arabs the Six Days War was an utter disaster.  (Battle & Middle East)  ibid.

 

64,878.  One of the biggest tank battles in history.  (Battle & Middle East & Tanks)  ibid.

 

 

81,065.  We are doing everything we can to bring peace and stability to the Middle East.  Tony Blair

 

 

81,066.  The Middle East with two-thirds of the world’s oil ... is still where the prize ultimately lies.  Dick Cheney

 

 

81,067.  Reuters: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Warns of Perfect Storm in Middle East.  Sky News caption 5th February 2011

 

 

81,068.  A war was fought by a small nation surrounded by enemies.  Secrets of War: Shadow of the Six-Day War

 

81,069.  After six days the war was over.  On the seventh day the Israelis awoke to the realities of a new Middle East.  ibid.

 

 

81,070.  So I think we should stay focused on the real problem in the Middle East.  It’s not Israel.  It’s these dictatorships that are developing nuclear weapons with the specific goal of wiping Israel away.  Benjamin Netanyahu

 

 

81,071.  The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.  (Middle East & Obama)  Barack Obama  

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