In a way, it’s kind of a compliment. In his conspiracy paranoia, he is ascribing all kinds of foreknowledge to the West. For example, the Balfour Declaration on a Jewish homeland occurred in 1917. Oil prospecting in the Mideast gained momentum in the 1930s, with especially spectacular oil fields discovered in the late ’30s. When the State of Israel was established, U.S. oil production was still going strong, and would not reach peak production for about another 22 years.
But if it was all about the oil, one would think that we in our nefarious conspiring would plunk a Jewish state where, you know, there’s actually oil. “‘West implanted Israel into ME to control oil’,” from the Jerusalem Post, January 29:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that western powers had implanted the Israeli regime into the Middle East as part of a scheme to gain control of the region and its resources.
“Why did they install the Zionist regime (Israel)? To gain control over oil, as well as the popular and revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East,” Iranian news agency Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a speech at a youth conference in Tehran.
“It is clear that this was a historical scheme,” he added.
Ahmadinejad’s comments came as UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran on a visit aimed at shedding light on suspected military aspects of Tehran’s atomic work.
Iran said on Sunday it was very optimistic over the visit, but warned it would curb cooperation if the experts became a “tool” for outside powers….
The moment they feel uncomfortable, that is what they will claim.