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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

<b>All about oil?</b>

EDITOR: It's obvious what's going on in Egypt: The CIA is creating Egypt's instability upon which rising oil prices can be blamed.

Sound far-fetched? Consider: The Egyptian military is the largest recipient of U.S. aid and isn't averse to taking part in keeping the world's economy humming.

It has a good excuse: throwing out a Muslim Brotherhood president. The Brotherhood has been banned from Egyptian politics for decades: It is anti-Israel and anti-West. Like the Taliban, al-Qaida and other Muslim conservatives, the Brotherhood has no place in a region struggling to fit into a singular global society which we are becoming and which is becoming "westernized."

Since much oil comes through the Suez Canal, what better excuse for rising oil prices than chaos in Egypt?

We don't have to think about peak oil (why else are we pushing fracking and mining tar sands, pushing electric cars and solar power?) that is already making economic recovery difficult.

Hats off to the CIA. It's always thinking of our welfare.

STEPHEN BARR

Santa Rosa

<b>Food stamps and poverty</b>


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