This past week marked the six year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war and somehow I missed it. Despite the claims of Dubya and Company, the war was never about terrorism or weapons of mass destruction, no, the war was always about securing our rights to the oil that happens to lie under the sand. Iraq is home to one of the world's great oil reserves and the US-Iraq war was the first of what promises to be more wars for those last few precious barrels of black gold. In a little over a century, the World (well, mostly the West) has used up over half the fossil fuels that took hundreds of millions of years to form.
The oil, coal and natural gas that fueled the orgy that was the 20th century will increasingly become harder and more expensive to come by. Make no mistake about it, the powers that be will do everything in their power to keep the system running but no amount of war, exploration or drilling will make one bit of difference and from here on out, our economies will decline, our populations will starve and our standard of living will go back to what it was during the 18th and 19 centuries. In a finite world, infinite growth simply isn't possible. So, to commemorate our six year anniversary in the Middle East, lets salute our brave men and women who have given their lives for the non-negotiable American way of life. It's all so tragic.