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Iran's oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari spoke at the OPEC conference in Madrid today. He basically said that if attacked, Iran would respond fiercely and that such an attack would drive oil prices higher than anyone could imagine. But he also said:
Nozari, however, said Tehran would not cut oil deliveries and would continue supplying the market even if struck by Israel or the United States.Um...is it just me or is he saying, "Go ahead and attack us, we'll be rich!" Or maybe he's saying, "Thousands and thousands of our people will die, but those of us who make the decisions can wipe our asses with gold."
AP's George Jahn says:
Tehran is under U.N., U.S. and European sanctions because it has defied U.N. Security Council demands to suspend its uranium enrichment program. But with oil supplies tight and prices at unprecedented levels, the energy industry remains tempted by the possibilities of investing in Iran, OPEC's second largest oil producer and No. 2 in terms of the world's natural gas reserves.Is it possible that Bush, Olmert, and Ahmadinejad are all having a big threesome? If Iran could, as Nozari claims, continue to ship oil while at war, can you imagine the amount of money that bring in? I don't think we even have numbers that go that high. The energy industry powers the US government. It is so far fetched that the US would go to war just to get oil and make money?
So, perhaps this indirect announcement is Phase III in a twelve step plan to justify another Middle East campaign.
I can imagine how this was planned:
(Scene: a dark room with lush surroundings, a group of men hold drinks and cigars)
Ahmadinejad: So I'll act like a real asshole. Say bad stuff about Jews and the US and freedom.
Bush's handlers: And we'll say, "Whoa, this guy is dangerous! We should keep an eye on him."
Ahmadinejad: And then I'll start messing around with nuclear power and be real suspicious about it.
Bush's handlers: Then we'll threaten military action.
Ahmadinejad: This will cause me to act even creepier.
Bush's handlers: But how to keep the investors from getting nervous....hmmm...
Ahmadinejad: I have an idea....