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Oil: Blood of the Earth

Program #HIRD001. Recorded in London, England on July 28, 2007.

Since the end of WWII, a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy is control of the world's oil. And since much of the oil was in the Middle East, the U.S. began a concerted effort to dominate the region. First, it displaced the old imperial powers, Britain and France. Then it established a series of military bases, and client regimes subordinate to Washington. Today, the Persian Gulf is patrolled by aircraft carrier battle groups with their cruise missiles and F-16s. These vast armadas, positioned off of Iran, carry out what are euphemistically called "routine naval exercises." Imagine if the Iranian navy, which barely exists, and certainly has no aircraft carriers, had ships off of Seattle carrying out "routine naval exercises" what the American response would be?

Speaker(s):

Dilip Hiro

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian , he's the author of more than 20 books including Secrets and Lies and The Iranian Labyrinth. His latest is Blood of the Earth.

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