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THE REAL REASON WE ARE AT WAR!
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TIME MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 13, 2000 - Page 34
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

SADDAM TURNS HIS BACK ON GREENBACKS

Europe's dream of promoting the euro as a competitor
to the U.S. dollar may get a boost from SADDAM HUSSEIN.
Iraq says that from now on, it wants payments for its
oil in euros, despite the fact that the battered
European currency unit, which use to be worth quite
a bit more than $1, has dropped to about 82 cents.
Iraq says it will no longer accept dollars for oil
because it does not want to deal "in currency of the
enemy."

The switch to euros would cost the U.N. a small
fortune in accounting paperwork changes. It would also
reduce the interest earnings and reparations payments
that Iraq is making for damage it caused during the Gulf War,
a shortfall the Iraqis would have to make up.

The move hurts Iraq, the U.N. and the countries receiving
reparations. So why is Saddam doing it? Diplomatic
sources say switching to the euro will favor European
suppliers over U.S. ones in competing for Iraqi contracts,
and the p.r. boost that Baghdad would probably get in
Europe would be another plus.

-By William Dowell/ New York City

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Saddam Turns His Back on Greenbacks
By WILLIAM DOWELL/NEW YORK CITY
http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,998512,00.html

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The Euro And The War On Iraq
By Amir Butler
ATrueWord.com
info@atrueword.com
3-29-3
http://atrueword.com/index.php/article/articleview/49/1/1/

As Mark Twain once noted, prophecy is always difficult, particularly
with regards to the future. However, it is a safe bet that as soon as
Saddam is toppled one of the first tasks of the America-backed regime
will be to restore the US dollar as the nation's oil currency.

In November 2000, Iraq began selling its oil for euros, moving away from
the post-World War II standard of the US dollar as the currency of
international trade. Whilst seen by many at the time as a bizarre act of
political defiance, it has proved beneficial for Iraq, with the euro
gaining almost 25% against the dollar during 2001. It now costs around
USD$1.05 to buy one Euro.

Iraq's move towards the euro is indicative of a growing trend. Iran has
already converted the majority of its central bank reserve funds to the
euro, and has hinted at adopting the euro for all oil sales. On December
7th, 2002, the third member of the axis of evil, North Korea, officially
dropped the dollar and began using euros for trade. Venezuela, not a
member of the axis of evil yet, but a large oil producer nonetheless, is
also considering a switch to the euro. More importantly, at its April
14th, 2002 meeting in Spain, OPEC expressed an interest in leaving the
dollar in favour of the euro.

If OPEC were to switch to the euro as the standard for oil transactions,
it would have serious ramifications for the US economy. Oil-consuming
economies would have to flush the dollars out of their central bank
holdings and convert them to euros. Some economists estimate that with
the market flooded, the US dollar could drop up to 40% in value. As the
currency falls, there would be a monetary evacuation by foreign
investors abandoning the US stock markets and dollar-denominated assets.
Imported products would cost Americans a lot more, and the trade deficit
would be magnified.

It is foreign demand for the US dollar that funds the US federal budget
deficits. Foreign investors flush with dollars typically look to US
treasury securities as a means of secure investment. With a large
reduction in such investment, the country could potentially go into
default. Things could turn very bad, very quickly.

In May 2004 an additional 10 member nations will join the European
Union. At that point, the EU will represent an oil consumer 33% larger
than the United States. In order to mitigate currency risks, the
Europeans will increasingly pressure OPEC to trade in euros, and with
the EU at that stage buying over half of OPEC oil production, such a
change seems likely.

This is a scenario that America cannot afford to see eventuate. The US
will go to any length to fend off an attempt by OPEC to dump greenbacks
as its reserve currency. Attacking Iraq and installing a client regime
in Baghdad may have a preventative effect. It will certainly ensure that
Iraq returns to using dollars and provide a violent example to any other
nation in the region contemplating a migration to the euro.

An American-backed junta in Iraq would also enable the US to smash
OPEC's hold over oil prices. The US or its client regime could increase
Iraqi oil production to levels well beyond OPEC quotas, driving prices
down worldwide and weakening the economies of the oil producing nations,
thus lessening their likelihood of abandoning the dollar. It would have
the short term effect of reducing the profits of domestic oil companies,
but the long term effect of securing America's economic hegemony.

The frequently offered canard of the Left that this war is being fought
to secure oil revenues for American oil companies may have some truth to
it. However, a more plausible explanation may be that the Bush
administration is waging war to protect the dollar and smash the OPEC
hold over international oil prices. It's a war whose purpose is bigger
than Halliburton or Exxon: it's a war being fought to maintain America's
position in the world.

Attending the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, George Bush Senior told the
world that, "the American way of life is not negotiable". As cruise
missiles rain on Iraq, we are learning just how 'non-negotiable' that
way of life really is.


Amir Butler is executive director of the Australian Muslim Public
Affairs Committee (AMPAC), and writes for ATrueWord.com. He can be
contacted at abutler@atrueword.com.
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UN agrees to Iraq euro account

30-10-00 A United Nations committee gave Iraq the green light to open a euro-denominated bank account to handle deposits from oil sales -- a victory in Baghdad's campaign to stop using the hated American currency. The decision eased fears that Iraq would follow through on a threat to disrupt oil exports if its request to start collecting payment in the common European currency was denied.
The UN's sanctions committee on Iraq, made up of the 15 Security Council members, agreed it could not object to the request because it had no legal basis to block it. Nevertheless, the United Nations has warned that the switch could cost millions of dollars in lost interest and other revenue, diplomats and UN officials said.
The committee authorized its chairman, Dutch Ambassador Peter van Walsum, to draft a letter to the UN Secretariat giving it the go-ahead to create a euro-based account for Iraq, the officials and diplomats said. An account could be created soon.

Iraq informed the committee that it was extending its Nov. 1 deadline to create the euro account until Nov. 6. The United Nations already has a dollar-based escrow account at the French bank BNP Paribas in New York to receive payment for oil exported by Iraq through the UN oil-for-food program.
The program allows Iraq, under sanctions for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, to sell its oil provided the proceeds are used to buy humanitarian goods for its 22 mm people. Currently, Iraq exports about 2.3 mm bpd.
Earlier this month, Iraq requested the United Nations create a euro-denominated account so it didn't have to receive payment for its oil in American dollars, which it considers the currency of an "enemy state." The UN Treasury Department said the change would be cumbersome and costly since oil is bought and sold internationally in dollars and recommended the proposal be studied further since the financial implications were so great.

The UN sanctions committee requested a report in three months on the implications of the change, including its costs and benefits. French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte complained that the Treasury report omitted any mention of potential gains of using the euro, which France and 10 other countries use. He noted that a significant portion of the humanitarian supplies Baghdad purchases through the oil-for-food program comes from countries that use the euro.
"Transactions in this currency would reduce costs for exporters which currently have to factor in variations in the euro-dollar exchange rate," he wrote Undersecretary General for Management Joseph Connor. Levitte also complained that the Treasury report concluded it was up to the sanctions committee, which is deeply divided over Iraq, to approve the switch to the euro account. He said there was no reference in any UN resolution that requires the committee to be involved in such dealings.

Source: AP
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Dollar vs. Euro - Hegemoney.

The Federal Reserve's greatest nightmare is that OPEC will switch its international transactions from a dollar standard to a euro standard. Iraq actually made this switch in Nov. 2000 (when the euro was worth around 80 cents), and has actually made off like a bandit considering the dollar's steady depreciation against the euro.

The real reason the Bush administration wants a puppet government in Iraq - or more importantly, the reason why the corporate-military-industrial network conglomerate wants a puppet government in Iraq - is so that it will revert back to a dollar standard and stay that way." (While also hoping to veto any wider OPEC momentum for the switch from Iran - which is seriously considering switching to euros as their oil transaction currency as of Sept 2002 - and other OPEC members including Saudi Arabia whose regime appears increasingly weak/threatened from an internal coup).

This administration is acutely aware of this and in preparation for invading Iraq we will create a huge and permanent military presence in the Persian Gulf region, just in case we need to grab Saudi's oil fields as well as Iraq’s…

Saddam sealed his fate when he decided to switch to the euro in late 2000 (and later converted his $10 billion reserve fund at the U.N. to euros) - at that point, another manufactured Gulf War become inevitable under Bush II. Only the most extreme circumstances could possibly stop that now and I strongly doubt anything can - short of Saddam getting replaced with a pliant regime.

Big Picture Perspective: Everything else aside from the reserve currency and the Saudi/Iran oil issues (i.e. domestic political issues and international criticism) is peripheral and of marginal consequence to this administration. Further, the dollar-euro threat is powerful


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