A mad scramble for minerals is in the offing. The resulting competition could produce chaos in world politics. The voracious demand for increasingly scarce supplies of raw materials by the major free-world industrial powers – in North America, Western Europe, Australia and Japan-has intensified worldwide competition for them. Nations have gone to war over mineral deposits. The same metals that fuel national economies have fueled national conflicts. And now, a new and potentially grave element in the global mineral hunt has been added – resource control. A first-rate lesson in resource control has already been taught by the world's oil producing states. Their example has not been lost on nations which find themselves with rich deposits of other much-sought mineral wealth. One American news source put it bluntly:
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