Amsterdam News

66 - NO.2 SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1975 -- A-T AMERICA'S LARGEST WEEKLY This issue Published in four sections

Kissinger's Threat: Do Blacks Fit In?


It was a little more than a year ago that
I felt obliged to write an article in this
newspaper expressing my concern over
Washington's unbecoming eagerness to
support Israel's requests for billions of
dollars of supplementary military aid to
assist it in the most recent installment of
its quarter-century old war with its Arab

I warned at that time that the proespect
of sending US troops to fight for Israel
raised a number of ugle spectures within
the Black community, especially in view
of the high percentage of Black troops who
now constitute a part of the American
military establishment. Fortunately,
we were spared an armed intervention by
Washington during that crisis, although
the Arab-Israeli dispute remains
unresolved and the potential for a renewal
of major fighting continues to be high.

White Ameria's tendency to pick up a
gun whenever it can't have its way con-
tinues unabated, hwever, and this week
we were treated to a carefully or-
chestrated sabre-rattling coming from the
very portals of the White House it-
self. We had hoped that the era of gun-
boat diplomacy had ended but we were

Veiled threat

Henry Kissinger, with the admitted
authority of the President, had raised the
prospect of military action by the U.S. if
the OPEC countries fail to make their oil
available to the non-oil-producing coun-
tries on terms which we find to be

This statement was clearly meant to be
a veiled threat to the oil producing
countries, and was so interpreted by them.

Who are the OPEC countries and why is
Washington threatening to launch an
attack on them?

The letters OPEC stand for

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Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, and its members are relatively
industrialized Third World nations.

One of the major US suppliers in OPEC
[illegible] Nigeria, which currently sells in excess
[illegible] barrels of oil per day to this

All of the OPEC countries suffer from
[illegible] underdevelopment of their
economies, largely as a result of a long
history of open or disguised colonialism
and exploitation by Europe and the United

Decline of west

Their recent success in wresting
control of their petroleum resources from
the international oil companies and in
establishing a more just price for it con-
stitutes a first step in a long overdue
reallocation of wealth and power in the
[illegible] - a reallocation away from the
industrialized West which has for so long
[illegible] a phenomenally high standard of
[illegible] as a result of its ability to exploit the
[illegible] and the resources of others, and
[illegible] those who had been the West's

There is indeed a "Decline of the West"
[illegible] place, but it is most accurately
[illegible] as a convulsive lurch in the
[illegible] of greater equity among nations.

The movement is neither smooth nor
[illegible]. During this first year of
[illegible], the newly rich OPEC countries
[illegible] displayed very little sensitivity to nor
[illegible] for the many Third World
nations who are being rendered even
more destitute by the new oil pricing

They have exhibited remarkably little
understanding of our Black community
here in America. The Arab nations
demonstrated some political solidarity
with the Africans at the United Nations in
votes on South Africa but these were
largely quid pro quo stances traded off for
African support on the Palestine question.

But despite this somewhat disap-
pointing first year performance, the
overall thrust of the OPEC effort is a
correct one in that it offers the first
significant attack on the intolerable mat
distribution of income which has
characterized the modern world. (The
U.S., for example, has recently been
consuming 40 percent of the world's an-
nual production although it has only 6
percent of the world's population).

Pretext lacking

Althought we do not find it surprising
that the President and Dr. Kissinger
would wish to prevent this re-distribution
from taking place, we wonder what sort of
justification they can find for opposing it.
Even using our own country's practices as
a yardstick, there is no mechanism to
oblige someone to sell his products to
another, and certainly not to sell them at a
price set by the buyer.

Washington's threat to use force to take
the oil thrust presages a complete break
down of the remaining badace of a
national morality in this country. Even the
flimsy pretext used to justify our in-
tervention in Vietnam (a pretext which
Washington still remains unable to
clarify) is lacking.

We will suffer

And where do we Blacks fit into this
complicated scenario? Well, as
Americans we can expect to suffer along
with others as the U.S. standard of living
ceases to rise.

The sobering thought here is that, if we
Blacks are ever to get a larger piece of the
pie for ourselves it will have to be by
reducing the slice held by the white
community, because the pie won't be
growing larger every year as it has done in
the past.

Another sobering thought is that the
armed forces are still gettting Blacker
every day. If the U.S. goes to war this
year, it won't be a case of American
Blacks shoting Arabs to save Jews, but of
American Blacks shooting Nigerians in
order to take their oil.

It's not a pretty scenario and it's time
for we Black folks to get our thoughts
together - before someone else gets them
together for us!

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