Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Never discuss religion or politics in the tavern, but if you do, don't get fooled

I had an interesting discussion last night in the bar about the consequences of a US pullout in Iraq. A good friend, no admirer of the Bush Administration, said that it could lead to countries such as Turkey or Iran invading Iraq. My comment was so what. The great experiment in democracy building in the Middle East is a failure. The oil is the only thing left to defend.

However, not too many insurgents blow up oil wells; they prefer mosques, marketplaces, and police stations. Middle Eastern countries need to sell oil as much as we need to buy it.

From a purely self-interested point of view, the US should not worry about from whom they buy their oil. Chavez, a democratically elected leader, or the next dictator of Iraq will do just as nicely. Winning the global capital game does not depend on such niceties as whom one sleeps with. It never has. It never will. Come on all you global capital aficionados, winning the game is what is important. Isn’t it?

What never ceases to amaze me is how some people who extol the virtues of global capitalism mire themselves in petty regional politics. Saudi Arabia is the paradigm example of a repressive and reactionary regime with whom it is easy to do business. People pay lip service to its excesses, but those same people never take their blinkers off when discussing the issues.

Just say no to religiously motivated Middle Eastern conflict. After all, there is no god in the first place. Once we kill each other off, destroy the species, nobody will care because there is just us in the universe, an accident born from a sequence of random events.

Live as long and as well as you can. You will never get another chance. Let your fellow humans have the same chances as yourself to do the same.


At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't worry about the 0 comments to your posts. I still read you continuously. In fact, from the US.

My wife and I just spent a lovely week in your city Chicago. What an elegant, robust, and lively place - that has the feel of a real metropolis. And then with the splendor of Frank Gehry right in the center of the Millenium Park. It was such a joy to "drink with your eyes". We enjoyed so much art, too. It now has a place in our hearts. We have owned it.

PS: We are skyscraper-aficionados.

All the best,


At 8:24 AM, Blogger Lynn said...


I am glad you enjoyed your stay in Chicago. I love living here. How long will you be traveling?

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes, I can understand why you love your hometown, although I guess winter can be tough.

We're on a month long vacation here, and now find ourselves in Kansas City looking forward to the impressive modern museums here and some interesting architecture - but innovative highrises - no!

Keep blogging, my friend.


At 2:42 PM, Blogger -epm said...

I agree with you.

There is no end to those who claim clairvoyance and will tell you with the certainty of fact that this or that will happen. All I know is, these people have been universally and absolutely WRONG on every prediction and prognostication they've made. There assertions should be the butt of jokes, not the foundations for foreign policy.

I say let's see what happens. Pull out. Bring the boys home and let the Middle Eastern chips fall where they may. Chances are there will be enough sectarian and tribal crap flying around to keep al Qaeda tied in knots. With out the U.S. there to serve as a rallying point for unifying otherwise disparate elements in fanatical hate, chances are al Qaeda will become target of indigenous loathing.

There. See, I made a prediction. It must be true...

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

epm -

We've been betting the come line long enough. Time to bet the don't come and see what happens.


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