Written by Candas Emcioglu

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By launchingrepparttar new euro in 1999,repparttar 125865 EU challengedrepparttar 125866 US in an indirect manner by offeringrepparttar 125867 world an alternative currency to do business in. Although a rapid transition from dollars to euro would be a disaster for virtually every economy inrepparttar 125868 world, and not evenrepparttar 125869 Europeans would desire such a sudden change, a gradual transition was possible, and perfectly feasible, inrepparttar 125870 long run.

Taking into considerationrepparttar 125871 possible consequences ofrepparttar 125872 EU's euro challenge forrepparttar 125873 future ofrepparttar 125874 US, it would be too naive to assume thatrepparttar 125875 economic rivalary betweenrepparttar 125876 dollar andrepparttar 125877 euro would take place without any friction or conflict of interests. The influencial players that have a tremendous effect onrepparttar 125878 outcome of this economic game of chess arerepparttar 125879 oil and natural gas exporting countries. As early as November 2000, Iraq becamerepparttar 125880 first oil producing country to switch from dollars to euro, and hence, also becamerepparttar 125881 first to experiencerepparttar 125882 wrath ofrepparttar 125883 US military might. Analysts all overrepparttar 125884 world recognized that such a disobediance to American hegemony would be severly punished. It would be illogical to assume thatrepparttar 125885 US would simply tolerate Saddam’s decision and would riskrepparttar 125886 possibility of an economic disaster. Allowing Iraq to switch from dolars to euros would send a clear message torepparttar 125887 other oil producing economies and that would create a domino effect.

It is certainly not a coincidence thatrepparttar 125888 Russian leader Vladimir Putin has annoucedrepparttar 125889 "possibility" of selling Russian oil for euros, while Iran has been actively working onrepparttar 125890 establishment of a new trading market in France forrepparttar 125891 OPEC and Middle Eastern producers, which could potentially endrepparttar 125892 dominance that London’s International Petroleum Exchange and New York’s NYMEX currently enjoy.

Asrepparttar 125893 dollar is no longer a stable currency with its more reliable alternative in euro, one can easily see whyrepparttar 125894 “War On Terror” is nothing but a catchy phrase designed to foolrepparttar 125895 public. The world is onrepparttar 125896 verge of adopting a new, and perhaps healthier financial structure, and needs to decide howrepparttar 125897 transition fromrepparttar 125898 old order torepparttar 125899 new one will take place. Regardless of what we are being fed byrepparttar 125900 mainstream media, there is a rather different reality underrepparttar 125901 appearances, and what is happening inrepparttar 125902 world today has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism or jihad.

Don’t believerepparttar 125903 hype!

Istanbul, TURKEY

Without Country

Written by Terry Dashner

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If this sounds like a novel tale, it is. You might recall reading it in high school. Nolan isrepparttar fictitious army officer in Edward Everett Hale’s story, “The Man without a Country.” Although it is fiction, nevertheless, it echoes certain truths. Any person who slanders his country simply because he cares to, that person inevitably will live to regret it. I want to take this thought one step further and say this: Any person who thinks he can live better without America has never traveled extensively outside it or fought on a battle field to preserve its precious liberties. (I will assumerepparttar 125864 risks involved in making this blanket statement.)

Funny thing, I don’t think any American citizen—not even Michael Moore—is willing to give up American wealth, security, fame, freedom or any other UNIQUE American liberty to leave and never return because America is too capitalistic, too conservative, too Bush Republican, or too far gone. I’d stake money on this if I were a gambler. So, maybe things aren’t really as bad as these lovers ofrepparttar 125865 spot light would have us think. Maybe they just want some attention. After all, those who giverepparttar 125866 least, complainrepparttar 125867 loudest for more.

Keeprepparttar 125868 faith. America stayrepparttar 125869 course. You will be rewarded for your greatness in liberatingrepparttar 125870 oppressed.

Pastor Terry Dashner Veteran ofrepparttar 125871 US Navy Retired police officer Husband and father of three grown children

Writes daily devotions for his church.

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