Human conflict is as old as the story of Cain and Abel. But what are the reasons for human conflict? I know there are many from my researches that indicate causes stemming from one side to the other. As I thought about it overtime, human conflict behavior really stems from two distinct, although real perspectives. The book Resource Wars, the New Landscape of Global Conflict by Michael T. Klare supports what I believe is a two-perspective concept in human conflict behavior.
For most of the reporting I have witnessed throughout the world’s mass media outlets, the fight for control of oil has been a focus in the current Western conflicts in the Middle East. While the Middle East is not the only places where the West, especially the United States, purchase its oil, oil itself is not the only sought after resource. Resource Wars brilliantly exposes specific geographical regions of the world under constant conflict for critical natural resources such as precious metals, water, and of course, oil. The perpetuating struggle over these elements are critical the survival of many, but a way of control for the few. These are facts in this world and this fresh new insight about the changing world exposes truth about how conflict really has not changed in certain ways. This reporting is real life and provides material less often exposed by the mass media you may be used to observing. Resource Wars will keep you intrigued and may surprise you!
Resource Wars by Michael T. Klare, 2002 ISBN 978-0-8050-5576-4