A striking feature of the past decade has been a new form of war. This war, a controversy carried to extremes, apparently will not remain isolated. This conflict may be seen as a predecessor of future battles for survival, for instance a "non-renewable resources war." Such wars are not concerned with territorial boundaries; they have a much wider economic effect. They involve the entire civilized community.

The energy conflict presently has gone beyond the crisis stage. Not only is a forthcoming peace beyond the horizon, the war itself is becoming increasingly aggressive. The fact that the weapon is an exhaustible resource bound to disappear within twenty years explains the resolve of oil-producing countries to achieve economic superiority in only one generation.