Morgan Stanley makes the case for a swift war
Whilst I was travelling home on the Victoria Line late on Wednesday, a couple of drunk besuited men in their late twenties / early thirties got on the train. They were waving around a print-out of a PowerPoint presentation, and were arguing about it. Eventually one got off, and the other settled down to make annotations on the report.
Reading over his shoulder I saw that the presentation appeared to be from Morgan Stanley, the financial services company, and the title of the presentation was "Iraq conflict scenarios".
There was a diagram in the presentation. Although I couldn't read all of the text, the axis "Peace in the world" was opposed to "Globalisation withering".
Here was big financial business at work in the West planning the post-conflict landscape of the Middle East purely on a financial basis. It made it absolutely clear that for the globalised West there is no moral case for war, just a need to ensure financial security for increased globalisation.
Another page posed the various scenarios. The favoured option was "a quick war" - again, not because it would mean less people would die, but because it would be cheaper and the disruption to the global market less.
I would have seen more, but ironically sitting between us was a teenager wearing a t-shirt of anti-capitalist band "System Of A Down". Unironically, my view was obscured by the globally branded paper McDonaldsTM cup he was drinking global brand Coca-ColaTM from.