Thursday, July 28, 2005

A Ride With Osama

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Image: WWII Car Pool Poster

I can't help but see the similarities between Osama Bin Laden, and Hitler. In this war on terrorism many fine men, and women have given their lives for this nation. Families are left without sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers.

But despite the sacrafices of those brave men, and women, back at home, in America, it seems that many hardly even notice that we are at war. And ironically, those who are most likely to plaster the bumpers of their mega-trucks, and super SUVs, with "W" stickers, and "Support Our Troop" stickers, are actually supporting our enemies!

Every dollars spent at the gasoline pump sends money to nations which directly support anti-americanism through sponsorship of Islamic fundamentalist schools busy preaching hatred of America, Jews, and Christians.

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Photo Al Jazeera: Saint Bin Laden

Millions of young hearts, and minds, throughout the Muslim world are being contaminated with hatred for our way of life. These children are the new recruits in the war against the West led by their saintly Osama Bin Laden.

The planet is depleting its remaining reserves of cheap, easily obtainable oil, at the very same time the developing nations are demanding ever more oil. Estimates are that oil production is now at its historic peak, and that no new major oil finds will alter the rapid decline in oil production. Prices will slowly increase, and the age of cheap oil will be a thing of the past. This will happen within the lifetime of most of those alive today.

With these facts in mind the United States needs to break free of its dependence upon fosil fuels for its main source of energy. The nation needs leaders who care about the nation they represent instead of representing oil interest who don't care about the people of this nation. In the meantime we, as consumers, need to make smarter choices when it comes to the automobiles we purchase.

More oil is used for the production of gasoline than any other use. The mega-truck, and SUV, phenomena is the most blatant example of the short term approach of american consumers. Not only do SUVs, and mega-trucks, present increased danger to those driving in passenger cars, but they are hugely wasteful of gasoline.

Almost no one who buys an SUV will actually use their SUV in off road driving! It's an image thing.

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Photo: Hummer dominates Iraq, oops, I mean a rock.

I keep wondering when this madness will end. Sadly, I suspect that americans won't stop purchasing huge gas guzzlers until oil is so high in price that we are forced to do so. But this shouldn't be our approach. It should be our love of country, our concern for the environment, and our desire to leave a better world to future generations, which guides our decisions - not our desire to look down upon others from our lofty SUVs, and Monster Trucks.

This JeromeProphet Essay Crossposted to The11thHour.

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