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Myths, Lies and Oil Wars Paperback – July 1, 2012
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F. William Engdahl is is an internationbal best-selling author whose books on geopolitics and economics have been published in twelve languages. Included are A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics; Gods of Money; Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation and Full-Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order. he may be contacted at www.williamengdahl.com
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This book is a "weapon of mass awakening."
After having read 2 chapters of this book (chaps 10 & 11), I had to write Mr. Engdahl immediately to thank him profusely for having written it. It isn't every day that you read something that causes pervasive societal beliefs, which are simply not true but are nonetheless widely accepted as being true, to be held up to the light of pure logic and little-known history (read: intentionally suppressed history), definitively showing that those beliefs are false.
Works such as this cause the proverbial scales to fall from one's eyes.
So how rare is it that one comes across a book that causes the scales to fall from your eyes with regard to TWO or even THREE such widely-held false societal narratives?
This is such a book. Indeed I very rarely write book reviews - this is actually the first one I've done for Amazon and the only other one I've done in the last 5-6 years was for another "awakener" of a book, Nancy Turner Banks' brilliant AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire.
In Myths, Lies and Oil Wars, F. William Engdahl, in a relatively short (225 pages) span, using little-known, thoroughly referenced true history, masterfully lifts the curtain on the myths of (1) the origin of hydrocarbons, (2) "Peak Oil" (the myth of scarcity) and (3) the now pervasive false construct that humanity itself is a "cancer upon the earth" - this last false construct being the over-arching lie for which Man-Made Global Warming (now "Climate Change") was devised by Rockefeller think-tanks as an environmental scare tactic to support the BIG LIE.
As a former staunch believer in the "Peak Oil" construct, I have read a majority of the PO literature by Heinberg, Simmons, Campbell, Astyk, Martenson, Kunstler, et. al., and was thoroughly convinced of its validity until 3-4 years ago when I started to expand my horizons.
Engdahl concentrates his true history here on the "world of oil" and the mechanisms of social control and economic manipulation relevant to that world. But if one is already somewhat versed in "deep politics," the social and economic control mechanisms he exposes are applicable to other areas as well. The principal tool in the tool-box of the social manipulators is almost always fear.
But whatever the background, one cannot objectively read this book without being vastly better-informed on topics extremely important to our current situation and, indeed, the survival of our very being as free humans.
"Control the food and you control the people. Control the oil and you control the nations" is a statement that has been attributed to Henry Kissinger. The premise of the book is summed up by the latter part of Kissinger's statement, the control of oil or more generally the control of energy.
Engdahl maintains that the geopolitical events we have been witnessing is part of the Pentagon's "Full Spectrum Dominance" plan. A cornerstone of the plan is the control of oil at the source. Much of the world's proven oilfields are in the Middle East. For the next two decades the Mideast oilfields is expected to provide Asia with most of its oil.
Engdahl begins laying out the history of conflicts over oil and provides insightful revelations into conflicts that benefited the Oil majors by reducing the world supply of oil. Case in point the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980's. The oil exports from these two nations was drastically reduced during wartime leading to higher prices.
Another example Engdahl lists is the fact that David Rockefeller lobbied the Carter Administration to allow the Shah of Iran into the U.S. for medical treatment knowing that it would cause a crisis with the Ayatollah Khomeini's Iranian government and how Rockefeller's Bank was able to benefit after the U.S. froze the assets of Iran.
Other topics covered include:
The "Peak Oil Fraud" and the pseudo-science of its creator King Hubbert.
The fact that in Russia the Abiotic theory of oil formation is accepted as the leading theory for the last fifty years resulting in Russian Geoligist finding oil in places that western dogma says it shouldn't be.
The rapid rise of China is a source of much concern in Washington. The economic rise of China must be contained and in no way can Russia and China be allowed to join forces. Many tacticians have emphasized the importance of not allowing the rise of a unified Eurasian power. A Eurasian power would be in a position to challenge the dominance of the Anglo-American Empire.
According to the info the Engdahl provides China's weakness is its lack of oil. Engdahl illustrates how the Pentagon has been encircling Russia and China and the events we are seeing is Washington's attempt to knock China out of Africa where China was making steady inroads signing economic alliances with African nations that the Anglo-Americans were exploiting.
Engdahl makes the case that the Iraq war was about control of the oil at the source.
The invasion of Afghanistan was about a controlling Caspian sea oil and gas.
Engdahl offers an explanation for NATO alliances with the former Soviet States of Ukraine and Georgia.
What really was behind the Russian invasion of Georgia? The consequences for Russia.
The establishment of joint ventures between U.S. oil companies and former state run oil enterprises in Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
Why did the U.S. move Afghani Mujahideen into Chechnya and start a proxy war along a vital Russian pipeline?
Engdahl provides the information needed to connect the "dots" of seemingly unrelated conflicts to form a vivid picture of the "New World Order" being assembled in the 21st Century.
I highly recommend this book along with all of Engdahl's other works. Engdahl wrote two other books that are especially pertinent to "Myths, Lies, and Oil Wars"
The first is "A Century of War, Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order" which I consider as a prequel to "Myths, Lies, and Oil Wars"
The second is "Full Spectrum Dominance, Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order" which describes the encircling of Russia, the color revolutions, and much more.
These three books together will surely enlighten the lay person to the machinations of the U.S. Empire. Another point I should mention is, Engdahl's works are concise and thoughtful hitting on the important points while remaining entertaining and not overwhelming the reader with a thousand plus page tome.
A Century of War: : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order