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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Date of Publication: February 25, 2016
Year of Publication: 2016
Author(s): Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. provides a detailed history of US involvement in the Middle East, how oil interests shaped those actions, and why the mass violence occurring in Syria and across the region is yet another example of a ‘pipeline war’.
Among the other unassessed prices of the world’s addiction to oil are social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis overseas, and the loss of democracy and civil rights abroad and at home.
As we focus on the rise of ISIS and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores.