But the price of oil continues it ominous rise. This should surprise no one. The US has strong armed Europe and Japan into boycotting Iran. So there is less oil to buy in the open markets and ergo, the price goes up. Since this tidbit of vital information is hidden from the American People, they have no idea that our own actions are causing our own agony. I marvel at this sort of self-abuse. The lack of curiosity about cause and effect lies at the heart of our present problems. Many people are kept in the dark by people at the top and there is little desire to discover what is really going on.