Well heres another sad fact. Alternatives to oil are known.
This is some sort of neo imperialistic bullshit. Completely inhumane, this rivals the Belgians in the congo or the Spanish in south and central America, instead of rubber and gold its oil. Displacing and or Killing people for resources is complete barbarism. If we spent all the money we've blown on this war towards alternative types of fuel we wouldn't be in this mess. Its only a matter of time till oil becomes completely obsolete, its bad for the environment, its expensive, and the world's supply is depleting, war or not we're going to have to find a different route eventually. At risk of sounding like some sort of conspiracy theorist I'd like to point out that the Bush family accumulated their wealth from oil, and Dick Cheney was the chairman of halliburton, this is a culture of oil. Dick and Bush, along with their buddies in the oil industry are lining their pockets under the guise of patriotism and morality and a scared ill-informed populous.
Also, of course people in the middle east are "great, loving, kind, intelligent people." They're human, just like you and me. I'm sure a lot of them are asshole, and some of them are even extremists, just like here in American, or anywhere else. We're all human, religion, technology, and culture removed we all generally act the same way anywhere you look.