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June 04, 2008



I strongly agree that the world should research oil alternatives. We should take this issue very seriously. However the article simplifies many political and economical problems into an oil issue. I would like to comment that the Middle East problems (and thus the problem of the world’s political peace and economical instability) are mostly caused the illegitimate existence of Israel. The oil is a motivation rather directly the cause of the problems. Israel was injected inside the body of the Arabs courtiers, not because of the oil. Instead of killing the Jewish, as the Germany did, UK decided to throw them out of Europe, and the best is to position them between Europe and Arabs, used like a wall. Of course in order for Israel to keep all support from Europe and the USA, oil is used as a motivation rather than a direct cause (the conflict with Iraq and Iran are examples). Although Sudam accepted to give the Iraqi oil to the USA with very cheap price, in order to stay in power, but the USA refused this because the Israeli lobby in the Wight House wanted to destroy Iraq for the advantage of Israel. Same motivation will be used for Iran, etc.
such conflicts are creating strong resistance by the Arab people (not the governments, which are little toys, installed and maintained by the USA). Sometimes this resistance has leftish faces (1960-1980), and sometimes has other religious faces (1990- ). I do expect the next face will be more nationalistic-revolutionary face. In other words, whatever the face of the resistance, the cause is stays the same: Israel. To be more precise, the history shows that they weren’t any conflict between the Jewish and the Arabs. The conflict is not with the (Jewish), it is with the Israel and any country supporting it.

Another issue, I am really against that some courtiers get very cheap oil, like the USA or even the golf countries. When I see people driving big cars (because the oil in their countries is very cheap) I wonder how their governments think!! Cheap oil means more consumption….

Wael Al Saad

am glad to meet you. when people start to think about integral solution there will be no place for conflicts. The question weather governments are ready to release power of lobby and build bottom-up tipping synergy?

Personally I am pushing for the spirit of "Integral Palestine" settled by "Global Palestine Generation"


another thing ... when a person or a country defines themself in terms of an opposite, then to make peace with that opposite is hugely threatening to the original identity and is to be avoided at all cost. israel has to oppose palestine or it wont be israel, literally, ontologically

fossil fuels are not a problem, it is the inablity to expand one's identity to include a larger we.

how to do that is nearly a metaphysical problem


good comment ... though up 'til now i have never encountered a government or an organization that will do what it should do, they only do what will maintain the status quo .... it is a very rare trait in individuals, as well

israel, notice how the first meeting obama had after his speech was with aipac? forget any change there

Adam Lindemann

Very very wise words, thank you for writing them.

Cédric Ringenbach

Great vision, Nova. The good point with renewable energies, which generally come out of the flow of photons from the sun, is that you cannot consume today the flow of tomorrow, then you cannot steal next generations’ piece of the cake.

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