Wednesday, August 16, 2006

If you are going to take Khuzestan, then take Khuzestan

To paraphrase Napoleon, if you are going to take Khuzestan, then take Khuzestan. Karl Maier is on the right track about denying the mullahs the funding they need to keep their terrorists supplied, but destroying Iran's oil industry is a high price to pay for demonstrating to the world that the USA is not in Iraq for the Oil when we could otherwise take over Iran's oil industry on the cheap by liberating the Shia Arabs who constitute the majority in Iran's principal oil province, Khuzestan.

Taking Khuzestan with an Anglosphere+ Alliance (US-UK-Australia-Canada-India-NZ + Japan + Germany + the willing) would let the West shift those billions in funding to highways instead of nukes, engineering schools instead of madrassas, hospitals instead of barracks -- creating an infrastructure for peace. Laurent Murawiec has already outlined this shift in funding in his "Princes of Darkness," albeit in discussing the liberation of Saudi Arabia's Shiite Arabs from oppression by the Wahabbi imperialists rather than liberating Iran's Shiite Arabs from oppression by the Persian imperialists.

Actually, the US and its allies -- including Iraq -- have the forces available to liberate both Iran's Khuzestan oil province and Saudi Arabia's Hasa oil province, which would leave both Hezbollah and al-Quaeda dependent on their masters' savings accounts rather than new funds coming in every day. The terror masters would probably cut off the funding instantly, especially when they contemplate how their own populations will respond to their leaders' loss of the territories that generate all the oil revenues.

At the same time we announce we're liberating the Shiite Arabs in Khuzestan and Hasa and putting the oil revenues from those provinces into an international administration that will build infrastructure throughout the Middle East, we can offer the mullahs and princes safe exile if they don't resist, and shock and awe in Teheran and Riyadh and the Straits of Hormuz if they do. With that kind of offer on the table, backed by US air power in the region, you'd probably see meek acceptance on the part of the corrupt leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia when Alliance and Iraqi troops march in, and celebration on the part of their entire populations, not just the liberated Shia Arabs, who will finally see some concrete benefits from those vast oil revenues, rather than having them pissed away on luxuries for the elites, nuclear arms programs in Iran and Pakistan, terror programs all over the world, and all sorts of other misadventures. With honest administration and a focus on civil needs, nations throughout the Middle East could make real progress after the West's victory.

The control of Khuzestan and Hasa provinces is the key to determining whether oil revenues fund nukes and terror, or roads and schools. The mullahs and wahabbis have declared war on the West. In war, you attain victory by seizing your enemy's centers of gravity. Khuzestan and Hasa provinces are compact geographically, and populated by Shia Arabs with no love lost for their oppressors from distant Teheran and Riyadh. Let the world think that the West wants to steal oil revenues for our own domestic purposes rather than ensure that they fund infrastructure in the Middle East instead of war on the West. If we seize Khuzestan and Hasa, history will show that civil infrastructure arose in the Middle East and the Islamofascist war on the West ended.

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