At the time, I added it almost as an afterthought, but it seemed be the proverbial right piece at the right time, because a number of other sites picked it up. To this day, the article is still one of the biggest inbound links to RTH.
Part of its timing related to the strong US push to demonize Iran and accuse it of developing nuclear weapons. Many of the US government's rhetorical devices were remarkably similar to those used to mobilize public opinion against Iraq. (Later, I wrote a blog entry comparing the campaigns against Iraq and Iran and examining the case against Iran more closely.)
As we approach the launch date of the oil bourse, interest in Iran is picking up again. I just read an excellent overview of the role the US currency - and particularly the oil-for-dollars arrangement the US has with OPEC - plays in maintaining American hegemony.
The dollar hegemony that has allowed America to live far beyond its means for decades is under serious threat, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out, and what that means for the US economy - especially as Canada seems poised to elect a federal government determined to establish much closer economic and military ties with America.
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