http://www.crisishq.com/why-prepare/world-war-3-preserving-petrodollar/ "Excerpt from a May 5, 1996 interview: Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes show, asks Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the U.S. sanctions against Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?“ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright replies: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.” What exactly was it that was worth killing 500,000 kids for? Let’s see if you can spot a pattern here. Iraq… In November 2000, Iraq began selling its oil exclusively in euros. This was a direct attack on the petrodollar and it wasn’t going to be tolerated. In response, the U.S. government with the assistance of the mainstream media began to build up a massive propaganda campaign, claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was planning to use them. In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Once the U.S. had control of the country, oil sales were immediately switched back to dollars. This is particularly notable due to the fact that switching back to the dollar meant a 15-20% loss in revenue due to the euro’s higher value. It doesn’t make any sense at all unless you take the Petrodollar into account."