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What if Texas or California Decides to Secede from the United States of America?

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Few Americans have thought about how America would react if Texas or California wanted to secede from the union and set themselves up as separate countries. This is not the first time states have talked of seceding. During the phony "oil crisis" of the early 1970s, Oklahoma and Texas, both oil rich, were talking about seceding from the union. It was short lived, but it did get headlines for a while. I can assure you that Washington, DC and the rest of the country would not allow it.

Then, how is it that America feels it can support the oil-rich area of Darfur to secede from Sudan? America is all for it, but if the shoe was on the other foot, we'd have a fit and go to war to prevent it.

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, has been under increasing international pressure to free the "non Arabs of southern Sudan," but the truth is, there are many Arabs living in southern Sudan. Add to that the propaganda by many that the whole thing is about "human rights." This may be partially true; however, America's interest is in the oil that lies under the ground of Darfur.

Since America will help Darfur break away and set up the republic of Southern Sudan or some such name, America will get first shot at the oil -- oil that all of Sudan needs for its survival. Thus, it is clear to me that this is not about "human rights," but once again is about money, power and the worship of the "golden calf." For the golden calf is the real god of America, not democracy nor the true God of the heavens.

This reminds me a bit of when Cheddi Gowon, an Ibo Christian, wanted to take the coastal oil-rich area and secede from Nigeria. Gowon was a general who led the rebellion against the national government of Nigeria in an effort to break the Ibo area away from Nigeria because of the oil discovered in their area. Both the Hausas -- Muslims who live in the north of Nigeria and who have basically led the nation since its independence -- and Yorubas who are animists and live on the coast parallel to the Ibos -- protested and a civil war followed.

Gowon was assisted in his rebellion with cash and arms from both Shell and Gulf Oil. However, Gowon's rebellion was put down, and Nigeria stayed intact as a nation. The Nigerians kept their country together and the Western oil companies and the West were thwarted in this grab for the oil that belonged to all of Nigeria.

It's possible that southern Sudan may secede, but the oil rights should belong to all of Sudan -- not just to the south. If this does not get worked out, then there may be a bloody civil war, perhaps like the American Civil War, but on a bloodier scale because the West will certainly come in, as will the Israelis, who also want their hands on the oil and who have it in for Arabs and Muslims, in order to help the anti-Khartoum forces.

No doubt there are human rights abuses in Sudan, as there are all over the world, but for us to help split countries up for our own gain is also immoral. Look what happened in Timor when it split from Indonesia. Suddenly, American and Australian companies went in and began cutting down the forests and taking minerals from the ground for their own profit with cheap Timorese labor. This is what we term "democracy," so that we can go in and rape countries for our own benefit.

The same thing happened in Russia. Mikhail Gorbachev wanted to go slow with changes after peace with America. However, President Reagan wanted to get our corporations in as soon as possible, so he helped push Gorby out and put Boris Yeltsin in because it was known that Yeltsin could be bought cheaply.

And it was money well spent. Yeltsin let American corporations in who raped Russia, and helped set up the Jewish oligarchs -- who sent their profits out of Russia into American and Israeli banks, thereby almost bankrupting Russia -- until Vladimir P utin came in and put a stop to it. That's why, to this day, Mikhail Khodorovsky -- one of the biggest of the swindling oligarchs left over from the Yeltsin/American period of rape of Russia -- remains in prison.

Ah, "democracy" -- an enchanting word, but too often misused by corporations to get in and to rape a country. What would America do if Texas or California decided to secede? My only words are -- America, learn to walk in the shoes of others rather than telling others what to do.
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Sam Hamod, Ph.D. is a graduate professor; he has taught courses in creative writing, politics, religion, mass media and intercultural relations. He has one of the very few PhDs awarded by The Writers Workshop of The Univ. of Iowa, has published 12 (more...)
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