When gasoline was first discovered in the process of making axle grease for railroad cars and engines, it was largely poured out as waste. This lasted in fact for many years, and as far as the latest price hikes in petroleum prices and oil futures, the role of automobile fuel has indeed come a long way. In Iran, the pursuit of energy programs to enhance the status of that country on the world stage has had the effect of analysts asking each other whether or not Iran will constrict oil supplies if it does not get what it wants, and/or will it continue its rapid progression in the nuclear business employing its petroleum dollars to facilitate a rapid rise of the country as a nuclear power before any foreign military gains the resolve to interdict and abrogate this process?
That Iran has put its own self-interest above everyone else’s and that as a country its leadership wants the precious trappings of the postmodern great powers is no surprise to anyone who has looked at the public policy agenda in the last twenty years and how many, many countries have tried jumping on the energy bandwagon as led by OPEC in petroleum and other, privately held businesses in various regions in the nuclear business. This path through the various triangulations of any public policy energy issue or issues over the recent, and even more in the distant past, is cause for response to outwardly conniving and exploitative values that are unethical. The leadership of Iran has twisted itself into a pretzel in attempts to justify and then over-rationalize its current energy policy of selling gasoline at as high a price as possible, and purchasing with related funds as much nuclear technology as possible that will provide it with an easy gateway as a nuclear power and proliferator. It remains to be seen if this is constructive to or makes a contribution to the international community in the least, as there are actually very few people in business or in government who benefit from this policy. That the nuclear policy of Iran and its beneficiaries are in violation of basic nuclear non-proliferation rules and business rules does not appear to daunt anyone in Tehran, or in people or places it influences such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon or a number of rebel and revolutionary parties in Israel.
That the price of oil that goes through the Straits of Hormuz is now much higher even than it was a few weeks ago deeply disturbs the ordinary citizenry, not to mention the economy as an entirety, in places where gasoline and petroleum are expensive, like Central Europe. That these sorts of petrol politics affect Central Europe in this way constricts beneficial economic activities and growth in a very productive region, and does probably make the man in the street there quite resentful at being in the clutches of very foreign and un-European business people and politicians who are raking the European economy, especially that of Central Europe. What to do?