What do we really want. Democracy in Libya or cheaper petrol?

By Dark Politricks

The revolutions spreading across Northern Africa and the Middle East are a cause for concern for Westerners due to our dependence on oil. Whilst we should never put a price on freedom it is clear that many commentators are doing just that.

If it’s not scare mongering about the Muslim Brotherhood and a Middle Eastern Islamic caliphate springing up to wage war on the west and Israel it’s worries about the price of petrol going up due to blockades, instability or just speculators doing what they do best, taking advantage of the common man to make lots of wonga.

Whilst it’s true that the price of oil has already increased and looks like it will continue to do so we should try and look beyond the short fall in our pockets and be happy that millions of people who have spent decades suffering under the rule of despots propped up by our governments are now free.

Whilst this might be easier to say than actually do it should be clear to most of us that we are all screwed anyway. The house of cards we call our economy is a massive fraud, we are already experiencing high levels of inflation, the banks have stolen all our money and to top all that if you believe in the Mayan prophecy then we are all probably going to die next year anyway!

As David Mitchell just put it on the 10 O’Clock show “Do we want democracy in Libya or cheaper petrol?” Should we bemoan the extra hike in fuel that has been rising constantly for the last few years or should we try and enjoy these little bits of humanity managing to break through the chains that oppress it whilst we can.

The people who are liberating their countries at the moment are not going to be as concerned about our desire for cheap fuel as we are and there is a good chance that many will see us as collaborators in their oppression who have spent the last half century putting cheap fuel above their human rights.

It’s not very hard to see how anti-western sentiment has grown over the years and we should try and do ourselves and future generations of westerners a big favour by breaking the habit of a lifetime by not meddling in the affairs of others for a while.

These people have a lot to dislike us for including:

-Propping up the dictators that have subjucated them for many years using the expensive arms our companies sell them to crush and torture them into submission.

-Breaking our “ethical” foreign policy (what a joke) to do oil deals in the desert that saw convicted terrorists go free and BP a great opportunity to make lots of money.

-Feeding their countries with huge loans through the IMF and World Bank and then robbing their countries natural resources in return and removing their capability for self sufficiency through free trade.

-The war in Iraq that many people still consider an illegal act. Pre-emptively attacking an ex ally because of unfounded suspicions was the straw that broke the camels back for many people.

-Our countries unwavering support for Israel. Whilst Hilary Clinton, Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy and the rest make moralistic speeches about respecting the protesters Human Rights and attack the disproportionate use of force being used to crush their dissent we can only imagine the silence that would speak a thousand words if it were Palestinians demanding their natural unalienable rights instead of Libyans or Egyptians. We only have to look at our response to the Gaza conflict to see why many in this part of the world see our leaders for the hypocrites we know them to be.

We have a long history of meddling in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries. From our conspiracy with Israel and France to take control of the Suez canal in the 50’s to the CIA sponsored coup in Iran. When Saddam Hussein was gassing and massacring Iranians he was our best friend and ally but look how that turned out. We have made deals with devils and then broken them when it suited us.

Despite anything our leaders may be saying at the moment our “civilised” western nations were propping up Middle Eastern strong men, dictators and despots because they were prepared to subdue their own populations to support Israeli regional dominance and protect our oil supplies.

This might be about to end and we should all be prepared for a rocky few years as no-one can predict the future. However here in the UK we are already paying £1.30 for a litre of unleaded petrol and over 50% of this is pure tax that goes straight into the Chancellors coffers.

Any increase in the price of fuel will also increase the amount of tax paid in fuel duty and in these tight times of austerity measures and budget cuts can we really expect our political leaders to do the honourable thing and reduce the slice of the pie they get in tax to help the common motorist?

I won’t be holding my breath for a positive answer but we should remind ourselves that David Cameron was promising us all a fuel stabiliser before the election to do just that. Whilst this coalition has been good at breaking their respective electoral promises and using their joint governance as the excuse the current uncertainty and rising oil prices are an opportunity for our leaders to prove that they are in fact able to keep their word for once.

Just so you know how much of the price of fuel is actually handed over to the government in tax the following graph should illustrate this quite nicely.

Price of petrol breakdown diagramPrice of diesel breakdown diagram

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