In Wester Europe, the shock of the oil price rise and the embargo of suplies was equally dramatic. From Britain to the Continent, country after country felt the effects of the worst economic crisis since the 1930's. Bankruptcies and unemployment across Europe rose to alarming levels.(...)
But for the less developed economies of the world, the impact of an overnight price increase of 400 per cent in their primary energy source was staggering. The vast majority of the world's less developed economies, without significant domestic oil resources, were suddenly confronted with an unexpected and unpayable 400 per cent increase in the cost of energy imports, to say nothing of the cost of chemicals and fertilizers derived from petroleum. (...)
India in 1973 had a positive balance of trade, a healthy situation for a developing economy. But by 1974, India had total foreign exchange reserves of $629 milions with which to pay -in dollars - an annual oil import bill of almost double that, or $1.241 million. (...)
But while Kissinger 1973 oil shock had a devastating impact on world industrial growth, it had an enormous benefit for certain established interests - the major new York and London banks, and the Seven Sisters oil multinationals of the United States and Britain. By 1974, Exxon had overtaken General Motors as the larges American corporation in gross revenues. Her sisters, including Mobil, Texaco, Chevron and Gulf, were not far behind.
The bulk of the OPEC dollar revenues, Kissinger's "recycled petrodollars", was deposited with the leading bank of London and New York, the banks which dealt in dollars as well as international oil trade.»
- William Engdahl, "A Century of War"
Em Abril de 1974, catalisado pelo choque petrolífero em epígrafe (que eu próprio testemunhei, não estou a falar de cor), Portugal engrenou numa estranha negociata: para comprar uma rifa da democracia de pacotilha, penhorou, senão entregou mesmo numa bandeja, a independência nacional.
E o resto é conversa para boi dormir. Agarrado à chucha da ideologia (e não estou apenas a falar da garotada de esquerda).
Entretanto, nos gloriosos tempos que correm, contabilizem o preço do petróleo em 2002, antes da invasão do Iraque e o preço em que ele flana agora, após a "invasão do Líbano" e o que mais virá. Quanto às fantasias, florilégios e hooliganismos psicopolíticos, poupem-me. Já sei que a vossa matilha é a melhor do mundo e a vossa claque a campeã vitalícia.