Western countries now contain schools that teach Wahhabism to Muslim children. This shows that Western countries are trying to get into Saudi Arabia’ s good books by showing them that they care for their religion, even though their actual intention is maintaining the relationship with that Middle Eastern country just for the sake of its oil. However, there is also a possibility that the Western countries’ interest in the Middle East is purely ideological. America has indeed been in more than one tight spot on Middle Eastern matters. In addition, importing oil from the Middle East, which is very far for Western countries (especially America), can be costly.
On the other hand, it is said that America will have enough oil and gas by the year 2035 due to the rising production of oil, bioenergy and shale gas, and better fuel efficiency in transport. Although America currently imports sixty percent of its need for oil, this amount will fall down to thirty percent and it will become a net exporter by 2035. Moreover, the Middle East is not the only place where America currently imports oil.
Canada, Venezuela, and Mexico are also important suppliers of oil to America. There has also been a recent oil boom in one of the states of America, which certainly proves that the theory of America becoming an exporter of oil can be true (Rapoza). Oil has been one of the major attractions of the West ever since they started using it as a primary source of energy. The Middle East, which is abundant in oil, has thus been the victim of interference by various Western countries.
For instance, when oil became a necessity to Britain, it immediately started exploiting the Middle East. Moreover, when the Iranian oil industry was nationalized by the Iranian Prime Minister, America and Britain took action to make sure that they had access to Iranian oil. Similar to this incident is the attack of Britain and France on Egypt to take over the strategic Suez Canal which had been nationalized.
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