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One unpublicized reason for the war in Iraq is the danger that the euro may replace the dollar as the world's currency of choice for international trade.

Iraq Switches from Dollar to Euro

On November 6, 2000, while Americans were distracted by the controversial Florida presidential vote count, the Iraqi government switched from dollars to euros to sell oil. Until that point, the dollar had been THE currency of international trade. With the American military, the mightiest the world has ever known, prevailing, our tax dollars will again go to work funding US corporations to rebuild Iraq from the rubble, and the dollar will be restored as the currency exchanged for Iraqi oil. But one consequence of the war may be other oil-producing nations replacing dollars with euros. Such a changeover was believed possible before the war. Some insiders now believe it's inevitable. Even if the US military conquers every major oil-producing nation on the planet, it will not restore the goodwill that elevated the dollar in the first place. The Bush Administration has blown that goodwill away for the foreseeable future.

Chart #1 shows where the planets were November 6, 2000, when Iraq switched to euros, compared to where they were when the US was born on July 4, 1776. It shows that the US natal Uranus, associated with unprecedented surprises, was afflicted that day by Pluto, Chiron and Venus in Sagittarius, and by Jupiter in Gemini. The US Mars at 21 Gemini 57 is also impacted by the opposition from Sagittarius. Mars and Uranus are the primary influences of conflict and the unprecedented.

Another indication that Iraq's switch to euros and the war could have a major impact on the US is the t-square formed by Jupiter in Gemini, Mars in Virgo and Pluto in Sagittarius. This combination speaks of a rising intensity toward major change (Pluto), expanded by Jupiterian enthusiasm and Martian assertiveness.

Once the Supreme Court decided that George Bush would be the next American president, dealing with the implications of Iraq's switch to euros fell on his watch. Each new president changes the mood of the country. It soon became evident that the new mood Bush brought was militant independence. By the time of the attack of 9/11, Bush had already alienated the governments of other nations by demonstrating his disregard for the Kyoto Treaty and other international agreements. Following 9/11, the people of the world became overwhelmingly sympathetic with and supportive of Americans as we dealt with that tragedy. When Bush sent US military forces into Afghanistan to take out Al Qaeda and, if possible, bring Osama bin Laden to justice, world public opinion was solidly behind the USA.

Truth as Casualty of War

The Bush Administration then linked 9/11 to Saddam Hussein and set its sights on the invasion of Iraq to get rid of Hussein and bring American style democracy to the people of Iraq. That, at least, is the stated aim of the war. With that decision, world public opinion swung 180 degrees from overwhelming approval to overwhelming disapproval of Bush. Within the borders of the US, the corporate media worked hard to persuade us that a majority of Americans were in favor of Bush's war. Given the number and intensity of antiwar demonstrations, however, many doubted the media. Some were reminded that it was back in 1917 during World War I that Senator Hiram Johnson made his much-quoted statement: "The first casualty when war comes is truth." Despite strong objections in the United Nations and public opinion outside US borders, Bush mounted his invasion. Few doubted the American military would prevail. Some feared that Iraq was the first of other conquests in the Middle East and elsewhere that the Bush Administration is planning. One thing is sure: the Bush Administration has brought an intoxicating war-like mood to America. Not since World War II have Americans been so focused on all the excitement and busyness that add up to preparing for and mounting all-out war.

At home, there is fear of another terrorist attack more devastating than 9/11, and abroad there is shock and horror at what the Bush Administration has ordered done in Iraq, and fear of what his next move might be. Will he order US troops to do likewise in Iran? Syria? The Palestinian Territories?

It can help us understand Bush's impact on our lives to review his birth chart. Chart #2 is a biwheel showing where the planets were when Bush was born compared to where they were on the USA's "birthday," July 4, 1776. The US natal Sun and Bush's natal Sun are conjunct in Cancer, with both square planets in Libra: Bush's Chiron, Moon and Jupiter conjunct the US Saturn in Libra. This combination does not inspire economic confidence. Indeed, the economy has worsened since Bush took office.

Bush was born during World War II shortly after Uranus had circled back to Gemini where it had been when the US was born in the American Revolution, and 84 years later during the Civil War. Bush's natal Uranus is conjunct the US Mars, aligning these two warrior energies. His Mars is square the US natal Uranus. This Mars-Uranus combination is rare and volatile. With his Sun conjunct the US Sun, Bush is "as American as apple pie." His Mars-Uranus combination with the US Mars-Uranus indicates he brings contentiousness or worse. He showed himself to be a sturdy competitor as candidate and now he is perceived by military personnel as the best Commander in Chief ever. Outside the US A, he is widely seen as the worst threat to world peace and stability ever.

In the short run, the war in Iraq is expected to mean less expansive gasoline at the pump. But violence begets violence. It's human nature to extract revenge. Since no other nation has an army comparable the USA's, the world will seek alternative means. And the most logical—and least violent—is the replacement of the dollar by the euro. If outraged world opinion moves international traders out of dollars and into euros, the impact on the American economy will be horrendous. For detailed information about this, I recommend The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq by W. Clark. Although written before the war started, Clark's essay is well researched, solidly reasoned and clearly written.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from www.hopepubs.com, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores. Robert is a memmber of the International Society of Astrological Research, the International Society of Business Astrologers, and the American Federation of Astrologers. He is also a novelist, and the latest edition of his most famous book One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding can be purchased at most online bookstores. His other novels may be obtained from used or rare book dealers. He has written one other nonfiction book: Voodoo Contra, about the conradictory meanings of that ominous word.

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