Worth reading, if you are behind on your Middle Eastern history
This story by Robert Fisk (@ Hi! Pakistan) covers a lot of ground.
Please read it if you are at all rusty on your Middle Eastern history of the last 100 years.
To ignore the trillions of dollars of oil money in the development of the politics of the Middle East is the Conservative blindness.
To recognize that 99.99% of the people involved in the current regimes are locals, is a Liberal one.
Carter, or the media in interpreting him, could not convey the relevance of the OPEC oil-price fights.