We went to war for a number of reasons, most of which are irrelevant to this discussion. Oil, however, was almost certainly one of those reasons. But we didn't go to war to avoid the volatile price swings of oil markets, but to secure long-term access to a geostrategic resource. Oil is (second perhaps to water) the most important resource in the world. The middle east is one of the most important sources of oil in the world. To a certain extent it doesn't matter what the price of oil is because the global economy is almost entirely reliant on it. Until there is a satisfactory replacement, oil will be a preeminent issue in international security for some time to come.