The man that actually did demand Euro for his oil was Saddam Hussein in
2000. At first, his demand was met with ridicule, later with neglect, but as
it became clearer that he meant business, political pressure was exerted to
change his mind. When other countries, like Iran, wanted payment in other
currencies, most notably Euro and Yen, the danger to the dollar was clear
and present, and a punitive action was in order. Bush's Shock-and-Awe in
Iraq was not about Saddam's nuclear capabilities, about defending human
rights, about spreading democracy, or even about seizing oil fields; it was
about defending the dollar, ergo the American Empire. It was about setting
an example that anyone who demanded payment in currencies other than U.S.
Dollars would be likewise punished.