By Eric D. Graham BASN columnist
Updated: September 22, 2012

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—Another election; another war.

But, the American people shouldn’t be surprised.

One, because, according to the Bible, “you shall hear of wars and rumors of war, but see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (Matthews Chapter 24:6)

Secondly, as Black people, we must understand that war is the force that gives America, its meaning.America, in fact, needs another war to fuel its economy, especially during this recession. America also needs war to maintain its world dominance.

And, America definitely needs war to for fill its addiction for oil.

America, in essence, is likening to a heroin addict, who’s looking for its next fix.

And we know, an addict is irrational.

And unfortunately, without hesitation, will “lie, steal, and even kill” in order to get that next high.

If anyone disagrees with this comparison, all they have to do is take a quick look at the world map. Because it’s no coincidence, that the map on “terror” in the “so-called Middle East” and Central Asia, is practically interchangeable with the map of oil.

Why? Because there’s everlasting profits to be made in these strategic parts of the planet.

According to David Ignatius, of the Washington Post, “Oil is a kind of original sin in American politics. It’s a big, messy (sometimes dirty) business and it has touched everyone and everything in our political system, from the days of Rockefeller to Bush and Gore.”

Now, President Obama, despite his HOPE and CHANGE, finds his hands filthy with this black substance. As a result, the U.S.Military has become an oil defense force, which has built fortresses around oil production in the Middle East, the Caucasus, West Africa, and also along pipelines routes and oil transportation sea lanes.

Why? Because, Harry Kissinger said it best: If you control the energy, you control the nations.

In other words, oil is the symbol of US global power.

Therefore, regardless of, who is elected or “selected” president of the United States, it will be the motivate behind America’s foreign policy with the rest of the world. We see evidence of this now, currently in Iraq, Afghanistan and even with our dealings with Iran.

And, while many Christians would like to believe America’s loyalty to Israel and its fight against radical Islam is the reason why they find themselves in another conflict overseas, its, really, the love for oil that drivesits military presence in that region of the world.

The politics of America’s oil dependence, in fact, is ingrained and possessed with a culture of red, white and blue assumption of entitlement and has produced machismo philosophy “of invade and take it.”

It’s a new form of Manifest Destiny redefined where the motto of GOD, GOLD, AND GLORY has been replaced with GOD, OIL AND OCCUPATION.

Sadly, oil has always been a central motive behind the West’s attempts to invade or overthrow governments in the Persian Gulf, especially in Iraq and in Iran, whether it was Germany, Great Britain, Russia, or America.

Oil has literally made foreign and security policy for decades. Just since the turn of this century, it has provoked the division of the Middle East after World War I; aroused Germany and Japan to extend their tentacles beyond their borders; the Arab oil embargo; Iran versus Iraq; and the Gulf War. This is all clear. “confirmed Bill Richardson

Despite this obvious truth, many Americans still believe the war in the “so-called Middle East” is driven by their “hatred” for “us” and “our” freedoms, especially after the devastation of 9/11. This interplay of imperialism and evangelism, however,produces a type of Theocracy, which is very dangerous and deceptive.

“This war is not against America because we are Americans.” said Michael Scheuer, former CIA agent and bin Laden Unit Chief (1996-1999).

“It is motivated by activities of our government and its alliance in the Muslim world. Certainly, Israel is an enormous problem for the United States and an enormous motivator for the Islamis, who are active around the world, including in America and Canada and Britain.” Scheuer explained.

“But it is not only that, it is our support of a Saudi police state, exploitation at low prices….of Muslim oil, our presence on the Arabian peninsula, military activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia.”

Now, with the US on the brink of war with Iran, the question remains, will America’s lust for oil lead her to more death and destruction?

Mark Twain brilliantly answers this complicated question when he wrote,

“The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first….The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: “It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.”

“Next, the few will shout even louder…Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admire it…” Twain continued.

“Next, the statesmen will invent cheap lies…and each will be glad of these lies and will study them because they soothe his conscience,; and thus he will bye and bye convince himself that the war is just and he will thank God for a better sleep he enjoys by his self-deception.”

If Twain is correct, will (you), or better yet (we) fall for the next lie conjured up by this current administration, whether it is a nuclear threat against Israel or an failed assassination plot against a Saudi ambassador in Washington?

Time will tell.

So, prepare yourselves for another war.