My name is Ernst Schroeder, and since I have some Iranian friends from school and review your online magazine occasionally, I thought I'd pass on the following three page quote from a book I read a few months ago entitled, "A Century Of War : Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order", which was written by William Engdahl, a German historianm . This is a book about how oil and politics have been intertwined for the past 100 years.
I submit the below passage for direct publishing on your website, as I think the quote will prove to be significant for anyone of Persian descent.
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"In November 1978, President Carter
named the Bilderberg group's George Ball, another member of the Trilateral
Commission, to head a special White House
Their scheme was based on a detailed
study of the phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism, as presented by British
Islamic expert, Dr. Bernard Lewis, then on assignment at
The coup against the Shah, like that against Mossadegh in 1953, was run by British and American intelligence, with the bombastic American, Brzezinski, taking public 'credit' for getting rid of the 'corrupt' Shah, while the British characteristically remained safely in the background.
During 1978, negotiations were under
way between the Shah's government and British Petroleum for renewal of the
25-year old extraction agreement.
By October 1978, the talks had collapsed over a British 'offer' which
demanded exclusive rights to
In retrospect, the 25-year partnership with the [British Petroleum] consortium and the 50-year relationship with British Petroleum which preceded it, have not been satisfactory ones for Iran ... Looking to the future, NIOC [National Iranian Oil Company] should plan to handle all operations by itself.
London was blackmailing and putting
enormous economic pressure on the Shah's regime by refusing to buy Iranian oil
production, taking only 3 million or so barrels daily of an agreed minimum of 5
million barrels per day. This
imposed dramatic revenue pressures on
British Petroleum reportedly began
to organize capital flight out of
Reflecting on his downfall months later, shortly before his death, the Shah noted from exile,
I did not know it then - perhaps I
did not want to know - but it is clear to me now that the Americans wanted me
out. Clearly this is what the human
rights advocates in the State Department wanted ... What was I to make of the
Administration's sudden decision to call former Under Secretary of State George
Ball to the White House as an adviser on
With the fall of the Shah and the
coming to power of the fanatical Khomeini adherents in
Indications are that the actual
planners of the Iranian Khomeini coup in
There was never a real shortage in
the world supply of petroleum.
Existing Saudi and Kuwaiti production capacities could at any time have
met the 5-6 million barrels per day temporary shortfall, as a
Unusually low reserve stocks of oil held by the Seven Sisters oil multinationals contributed to creating a devastating world oil price shock, with prices for crude oil soaring from a level of some $14 per barrel in 1978 towards the astronomical heights of $40 per barrel for some grades of crude on the spot market. Long gasoline lines across America contributed to a general sense of panic, and Carter energy secretary and former CIA director, James R. Schlesinger, did not help calm matters when he told Congress and the media in February 1979 that the Iranian oil shortfall was 'prospectively more serious' than the 1973 Arab oil embargo.
The Carter administration's
Trilateral Commission foreign policy further ensured that any European effort
Carter's security adviser, Zbigniew
Brzezinski, and secretary of state, Cyrus Vance, implemented their 'Arc of
Crisis' policy, spreading the instability of the Iranian revolution throughout
the perimeter around the Soviet Union.
Throughout the Islamic perimeter from
-- William Engdahl, A Century of
War: Anglo-American Oil Politics
 In 1978, the Iranian Ettelaat published an
article accusing Khomeini of being a British agent. The clerics organized violent
demonstrations in response, which led to the flight of the Shah months
 Comptroller General of the
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