You better believe it, dear people! The modern wars are usually fought for fuel to keep the world going. Instead of using the fuel from our own lands, we want to take control or at least have easy access to it in parts of the world far away from ours and we are willing to kill, destroy and bring total havoc to other nations in our quest for oil. Only humanitarian reasons for going to war? My arse! Humanitarian reasons and Israel’s welfare might be on the list …. but neither are at the top.
The first vid is from March, 2012.
Nafeez Ahmed writing at The Guardian
….Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern. Massacres of civilians are being exploited for narrow geopolitical competition to control Mideast oil, gas pipelines.
Whatever the case, few recall that US agitation against Syria began long before recent atrocities, in the context of wider operations targeting Iranian influence across the Middle East.
In May 2007, a presidential finding revealed that Bush had authorised CIA operations against Iran. Anti-Syria operations were also in full swing around this time as part of this covert programme, according to Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. A range of US government and intelligence sources told him that the Bush administration had “cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations” intended to weaken the Shi’ite Hezbollah in Lebanon. “The US has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria,” wrote Hersh, “a byproduct” of which is “the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups” hostile to the United States and “sympathetic to al-Qaeda.” He noted that “the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria,” with a view to pressure him to be “more conciliatory and open to negotiations” with Israel. One faction receiving covert US “political and financial support” through the Saudis was the exiled Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.
According to former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, Britain had planned covert action in Syria as early as 2009: “I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business”, he told French television:
“I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was preparing gunmen to invade Syria.”
The 2011 uprisings, it would seem – triggered by a confluence of domestic energy shortages and climate-induced droughts which led to massive food price hikes – came at an opportune moment that was quickly exploited. Leaked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor including notes from a meeting with Pentagon officials confirmed US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces since 2011 aimed at eliciting “collapse” of Assad’s regime “from within.”
So what was this unfolding strategy to undermine Syria and Iran all about? According to retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to “attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years”, starting with Iraq and moving on to “Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.” In a subsequent interview, Clark argues that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
Much of the strategy currently at play was candidly described in a 2008 US Army-funded RAND report, Unfolding the Future of the Long War (pdf). The report noted that “the economies of the industrialized states will continue to rely heavily on oil, thus making it a strategically important resource.” As most oil will be produced in the Middle East, the US has “motive for maintaining stability in and good relations with Middle Eastern states”:
“The geographic area of proven oil reserves coincides with the power base of much of the Salafi-jihadist network. This creates a linkage between oil supplies and the long war that is not easily broken or simply characterized… For the foreseeable future, world oil production growth and total output will be dominated by Persian Gulf resources… The region will therefore remain a strategic priority, and this priority will interact strongly with that of prosecuting the long war.”
In this context, the report identified several potential trajectories for regional policy focused on protecting access to Gulf oil supplies, among which the following are most salient:
“Divide and Rule focuses on exploiting fault lines between the various Salafi-jihadist groups to turn them against each other and dissipate their energy on internal conflicts. This strategy relies heavily on covert action, information operations (IO), unconventional warfare, and support to indigenous security forces… the United States and its local allies could use the nationalist jihadists to launch proxy IO campaigns to discredit the transnational jihadists in the eyes of the local populace… US leaders could also choose to capitalize on the ‘Sustained Shia-Sunni Conflict’ trajectory by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes against Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world…. possibly supporting authoritative Sunni governments against a continuingly hostile Iran.”
Exploring different scenarios for this trajectory, the report speculated that the US may concentrate “on shoring up the traditional Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan as a way of containing Iranian power and influence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.” Noting that this could actually empower al-Qaeda jihadists, the report concluded that doing so might work in western interests by bogging down jihadi activity with internal sectarian rivalry rather than targeting the US:
“One of the oddities of this long war trajectory is that it may actually reduce the al-Qaeda threat to US interests in the short term. The upsurge in Shia identity and confidence seen here would certainly cause serious concern in the Salafi-jihadist community in the Muslim world, including the senior leadership of al-Qaeda. As a result, it is very likely that al-Qaeda might focus its efforts on targeting Iranian interests throughout the Middle East and Persian Gulf while simultaneously cutting back on anti-American and anti-Western operations.”
The RAND document contextualised this disturbing strategy with surprisingly prescient recognition of the increasing vulnerability of the US’s key allies and enemies – Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Egypt, Syria, Iran – to a range of converging crises: rapidly rising populations, a ‘youth bulge’, internal economic inequalities, political frustrations, sectarian tensions, and environmentally-linked water shortages, all of which could destabilise these countries from within or exacerbate inter-state conflicts.
The report noted especially that Syria is among several “downstream countries that are becoming increasingly water scarce as their populations grow”, increasing a risk of conflict. Thus, although the RAND document fell far short of recognising the prospect of an ‘Arab Spring’, it illustrates that three years before the 2011 uprisings, US defence officials were alive to the region’s growing instabilities, and concerned by the potential consequences for stability of Gulf oil.
These strategic concerns, motivated by fear of expanding Iranian influence, impacted Syria primarily in relation to pipeline geopolitics. In 2009 – the same year former French foreign minister Dumas……….
Here’s more to further make similar claims about oil being the overall factor for the Syrian crisis.
Michael Snyder writing at EconomicCollapse blog:
Why has the little nation of Qatar spent 3 billion dollars to support the rebels in Syria? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won’t let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Why is Saudi Arabia spending huge amounts of money to help the rebels and why has Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan been “jetting from covert command centers near the Syrian front lines to the Élysée Palace in Paris and the Kremlin in Moscow, seeking to undermine the Assad regime”? Well, it turns out that Saudi Arabia intends to install their own puppet government in Syria which will allow the Saudis to control the flow of energy through the region. On the other side, Russia very much prefers the Assad regime for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that Assad is helping to block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe, thus ensuring higher profits for Gazprom. Now the United States is getting directly involved in the conflict. If the U.S. is successful in getting rid of the Assad regime, it will be good for either the Saudis or Qatar (and possibly for both), and it will be really bad for Russia. This is a strategic geopolitical conflict about natural resources, religion and money, and it really has nothing to do with chemical weapons at all………
More proof below. This paper was written more than a year ago.
Charalampos Tsitsopoulos writing at EuropeanEnergyPolicy:
…. Since last March, Syria has been the theatre of internal strife, violence and bloodshed. Although, naturally, much ink has been spilled on the regional and international repercussions of the events, the reaction of the international community and the future of the Syrian regime, the answer might very well be interlocked with the country’s energy needs. Recent events might also bear heavily on regional energy politics and a scenario where the regime’s final response is a reflection of its energy security state is not at all unlikely, as Syria’s location is strategic in terms of regional security and prospective energy transit routes.…………
…….Apart from domestic concerns, however, the recent strife in Syria also has an international and regional dimension in terms of energy politics. In the context of President Al-Assad’s ‘Four-Seas Policy’, Syria is projected to become a ‘regional transit hub for gas’, linking the Mediterranean, the Caspian, the Black Sea and the Arab Gulf, in a region seen as ‘the center of the world’. The future of Syrian politics will to a large extent define whether this vision is sustainable. As one of the countries projected to partake in the project, Turkey, is the potential destination of a significant project: the extension of the Arab Gas Pipeline from Syria’s Aleppo to Turkey’s southern city of Kilis that could later link to the prospective Nabucco project, if such a pipeline is ever materialized.
There are more plans for pipelines passing through Syria to Turkey and ending in Europe. Interestingly, Turkey’s integration with Syria is of more importance to the former, as its position is more strategic. Turkey has grown increasingly alarmed at Syria’s dealing with the uprising, has hosted opposition conferences and has stepped up its criticism of President Asad’s tactics. The latter has refused to concede any right to the Turks and, to the contrary, has toughened its stance vis-a-vis Turkey. As Bouthaina Shaaban, Asad’s Media Advisor, has recently stated during a visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davuto?lu, ‘if Davuto?lu is coming to Syria to deliver a decisive message, then he will hear even more decisive words in relation to Turkey’s position’.
All this means that although Syria is important for Turkey’s goal of becoming a transit hub, a further escalation of the row between the two in combination with the prospect of European energy sanctions might bring about alterations to the region’s energy map. In addition, as noted by Turkish daily Zaman, if Turkey and Syria fall out, Turkey is likely to move closer to the US-Israeli axis……….
Imagine what will happen if the West as much as dares to antagonize the new rulers of Egypt. That country can close its Suez Canal and starve the world of its supply of oil from all the hellholes in that region depending on that waterway for transporting their black shit to the dhimmi Western world. The West will never learn what it means to be self-sufficient …. dependence on Arab oil is an addiction we seem to be very content with all around.
Tarek El-Tablawy writing at Bloomberg:
..…Egypt Boosts Suez Security as Foiled Attack Shows Risks. Egyptian authorities moved to bolster security along the Suez Canal after a foiled attack on a ship traversing the waterway that handles about 8 percent of world trade spotlighted new threats confronting officials after Mohamed Mursi’s ouster.
The failed Aug. 31 attack on the Panama-registered Cosco (1919) Asia didn’t damage the ship or its cargo, Suez Canal Authority head Mohab Mamish said in a statement yesterday. The military dealt “decisively” with the attempt, he said, without giving details.
The maritime incident underscored the threats in the country as the military-backed government pursues an offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood and militants following Mursi’s July 3 ouster. More than 1,000 people have died, most of them supporters of the toppled Islamist leader who were killed in a single week in August amid clashes with security forces.
“Events like this increase the confusion and cause international embarrassment,” said Adel Soliman, head of the private Strategic Dialogue Forum research institute. “You have a state of turbulence in the street under which anything can happen.”
The waterway and the ships transiting it are completely secure, the state-run Middle East News Agency said today, citing Ossama Askar, commander of the Third Field Army………
don’t you know we are far too busy and deeply involved in saving brown Muslims from killing other brown Muslims and replacing one set of dictators with a brand new set, the kind we can control who will okay our plans to lay oil and gas pipelines in the countries where the dictators we got rid of, pooh-poohed our plans? So … please stop your pleas for helping black Africa uplift itself. Okay? Message received? Do you capiche?
….The Southern African Development Community has had to revisit its plans to raise funding for its ambitious regional development plan in the wake of a cold-shoulder from western nations and multilateral finance institutions.
“Nobody has come forward to fund any of the projects we have outlined. I have been to Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries,” SADC deputy executive secretary for regional integration Joao Samuel Caholo told IPS.
“What is holding us back as SADC is our inability to fund our own priorities and programmes. Therefore, a sustainable funding mechanism has to be established if we are to show that we are committed and progressing.”
However, development experts have questioned whether SADC is sufficiently mature to handle ambitious projects such as the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP), which is estimated to cost 500 billion dollars.
The RIDMP aims to rebuild the region’s deficit road, rail and ports infrastructure, increase its power-generation capacity, and establish communication and weather systems. Access to water, and providing the infrastructure for its distribution is also a priority.
“SADC has the potential and we are asking for the goodwill of all member states. Let them put in the seed money,” said the outgoing executive secretary.
The long-awaited SADC Development Fund will be modelled on the European Investment Bank and other regional funding ventures. SADC countries will initially contribute 1.2 billion dollars or 51 percent. The private sector and international partners will contribute the remaining 37 and 12 percent respectively.
Contributions will be over a five-year period starting in 2013 based on a country’s affordability, institutional capacity and other criteria, which Caholo was reluctant to divulge.
“If after five years a country fails to pay its contribution, its shares will be recalled and distributed among the complying states so that the 51 percent shareholding by African states is maintained,” Caholo said.
However, a member state will still be able to access funds for its development projects as outlined in the RIDMP…….
As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town centre’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping a low profile are beginning to assert themselves anew.
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the […]
by “Kilgore Trout” [a/k/a "Kilgoar"]
As originally posted on: The Internet Chronicle
August 27, 2013
DAMASCUS — Much of Syria has been transformed into a “Sea of Glass” after sources reported an enormous nuclear blast Wednesday. President Obama addressed the American people from the Oval Office, saying, “We cannot permit the use of weapons of mass destruction against innocent civilians anywhere in the world. The Assad regime has been annihilated and can no longer threaten the peace and stability of the world.”
Early estimates suggest as many as 5 million Syrians died
instantly, and nuclear fallout specialists suggest that nearly a million will die slow, painful deaths from cancer and mutations. People around the globe have taken to the streets in mourning for the civilians killed by the Assad regime’s vile chemical attacks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a furious statement to President Obama, “Next time we’re looking for a new source of oil and have to drop a nuke, the world should know who to blame. Obama has set the precedent, and now we’re just looking for our first target. The Russian people are as thirsty for oil as the Americans, and we have even more powerful nukes!”
OTTAWA — Calling the development and export of Canada’s resources “nation building,” federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says Canada must seize a once-in-a-lifetime energy opportunity or watch the associated economic benefits disappear. As the minister trumpets the need to […]
In Saint John New Brunswick, Mr. Harper exclaimed that with TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline, “We’re not just expanding our markets for our energy projects … We are also at the same time making sure that Canadians themselves benefit from those projects and from that gain energy security.”
Instead of always promising energy security to the United States, it’s refreshing to finally hear Mr. Harper talk about energy security for Canadians. This country is vulnerable to the next international oil supply crisis because it still imports almost half the oil Canadians use.
I haven’t listened to the podcast as yet …. but I know it will be fun.
Podcast from TelegraphUK:
…. Just when you thought the debate over fracking couldn’t get any more heated, the Telegram has crammed Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, into a small studio with James Delingpole. Plus our global economics guru Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Then it’s on to the serious stuff. Dr Tim Stanley and Dr Damian Thompson discuss whether Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who can possibly attain the bouffant heights of Jon Pertwee.
to help us throw away the yoke of Arab oil dependence. This kind of environmentalist is the kind we can hope will succeed in every way possible.
Margaret Wente writing at Globe&Mail:
….You’ve probably never heard of flax fuel . But Toronto is using it to power city transit vehicles. The local Steam Whistle brewery uses flax fuel, and so does the Rogers Centre. Flax fuel can operate in any diesel engine and emits no greenhouse gases. It’s a clean alternative to petro-diesel, and it even competes on price.
Flax fuel is the brainchild of Jon Dwyer, a 29-year-old green energy entrepreneur. Like many people his age, he’s passionate about environmentalism and sustainability, and he wants the work he does to reflect his values. He also thinks the environmental movement has got it all wrong. Environmental initiatives will never succeed so long as they depend on government subsidies, he believes………..
……..Mr. Dwyer’s mini-factory, located on Toronto’s Port Lands, is a model of efficient low-tech engineering. It takes flax seed (of which Canada has an abundant supply) and turns it into three products: flour, biodiesel and animal feed. The flour is used to enrich a variety of foods with omega-3, a fatty acid that’s prized for its nutritional benefits. The animal feed also contains omega-3. ………
………..Mr. Dwyer’s mini-factory, located on Toronto’s Port Lands, is a model of efficient low-tech engineering. It takes flax seed (of which Canada has an abundant supply) and turns it into three products: flour, biodiesel and animal feed. The flour is used to enrich a variety of foods with omega-3, a fatty acid that’s prized for its nutritional benefits. The animal feed also contains omega-3. ….
…….All around the world, renewable green schemes, subsidized with vast amounts of public money, have crashed and burned. Germany has spent more than €100-billion on solar subsidies, with next to nothing to show for it. Another notorious example is ethanol, a biofuel derived from corn, which by law has to be blended into gasoline. The ethanol mandate has driven up both food and gas prices, and makes no sense environmentally. Even Al Gore has apologized for supporting it. (The corn lobby loves it, though.)…….
…….The environmentalists who will change the world are not the ones who believe that business is a dirty word and capitalism is evil. They’re the ones who understand how things actually work. They aren’t fooled by mirages like electric cars, because they understand that electric cars, from the paint on in, are made of oil. “I’m not anti-oil,” Mr. Dwyer says. “Oil created the middle class. Until we create alternatives to it, we shouldn’t criticize.”………
……….As one disillusioned B.C. environmentalist wrote me recently, “There are many here who would make a valiant effort to chain themselves to a tree, but make little effort to get up every day and work at a job that may make a difference.” I have no idea how Jon Dwyer’s green business will pan out (although having met him, I’d say he will definitely succeed at something). But I do know we need more people like him……..
Yotam Marom, a political organizer, activist, educator, musician, and writer based in New York City, explains how the “Armageddon” narrative around climate change fuels denial.
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The TSB said it plans to take a closer look at the fluid that sloshed inside the railroad tankers that erupted into towering fireballs when the train derailed
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday that while he thinks new pipeline projects are a good idea in principle, individual proposals will undergo “rigorous” review. “I think the reality of anybody who looks at the business (is) that […]
This past weekend, activists in Vancouver, Washington dropped a banner off a bridge protesting fossil fuel exports on the Pacific Coast. While the action was directly responding to an approved oil export terminal in the Port of Vancouver, Wa…
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Halliburton has plead guilty to destroying evidence in the investigation surrounding 2010′s Gulf of Mexico Oil spill, the largest accidental oil spill in history. This case represents a major milestone in how the world understands environmental damage,…
The end of cheap oil is inevitable and it’s clear that at least one oil-producing nation gets that. Unlike Canada, which seemingly wants to destroy half a province, Saudi Arabia (with the second-largest oil reserves) is looking to invest a lot of money into fossil-fuel-free energy. Saudi Arabia wants it’s domestic energy consumption to eventually be 100% renewable so this $109 billion investment is proof they are on their way there. Hopefully other countries that export oil like Canada and Venezuela will take inspiration and learn about the future of energy from Saudi Arabia.
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If built, TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would force Americans to pay as much as 40 cents more per gallon for gasoline in some parts of the country, according to a new report by the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog.
The post Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Raises American Gas Prices: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
OTTAWA — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says Transport Canada is making “little or no advancement” in fixing some key safety risks plaguing air, rail and marine transportation. The annual Transportation Safety Board report, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, […]
OTTAWA – Transport Canada agreed less than two years ago with an audit that found serious weaknesses in its oversight of the transportation of dangerous products – including oil – by road, air, rail, pipelines and shipments on water. The […]
This morning, I dealt with indignant HarperCons on Twitter, while they didn’t take my advice about the validity of claims by a certain tweeter not shy of bending the truth a lot to fluff his dear leader.
Sorry for what you’re about to see, because if you drill down a little more into these timelines, you won’t get those minutes back in your life.
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They have tried everything to fix the oil spill. Garbage. Giant containment units. Golf balls. They even (briefly, I hope) considered nuking it. There was one solution they hadn’t considered, though. Until now. Kevin. Costner. Not content to just build baseball fields and rob from the rich anymore, the intrepid thespian has turned to solving […]