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Syria’s Pipelineistan: the Liquid Natural Gas War Between the United States of America and Russia (Part One)

“. . . There are a lot of every day human beings being marginalized by our very corrupt political system . . . [with] two political parties who are funded by predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers…” Dr. Jill Stein | US 2016 Presidential Candidate

Looking at all the illegal wars the United States of America, the rogue Empire of Chaos, has in progress, the most complex one is probably the Syrian war. So what could drive the U.S. to undertake such a crusade in this already battered part of the world? Why is the Rogue Empire of Chaos waging yet another war? Let’s follow the money trail and look at a few facts about Syria.

Since the 1980s, Syria has been depleting its resources of own crude oil. After peaking at 650,000 bpd (barrel per day) in 1995, crude oil production has plummeted to about 380,000 bpd in 2007. With declining output and rising consumer demand for petroleum products, Syria’s overall oil balance has turned negative in 2007, thus the need for Syria to orientate itself towards new sources of revenue.

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Image 1. Bashar Al-Assad Four Seas Strategy Project | Google Maps

In 2009, recognizing that the heady days of Syrian oil production of the 1980s were long gone and that the sector’s future lay in transit, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad announced a “Four Seas Strategy” (Image 1.) aimed at transforming the country into a regional hub for oil transportation between the Persian Gulf and the Black, Caspian and Mediterranean seas. Bashar Al-Assad started at taking steps to realize the country’s transit-center potential and bring the four seas strategy closer to reality.

In late 2010, Bashar Al-Assad’s government signed a memorandum of understanding with Iraq for the construction of two oil and one gas pipeline to carry gas and oil from Iraq’s Akkas and Kirkuk fields, respectively, to the Syrian port of Banias on the Mediterranean Sea. In July 2011 Iranian officials announced a $10 billion gas pipeline deal between Syria, Iraq and Iran that would transport gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field, the world’s biggest, through Iraq to Syria.

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Image 2. Tweet from Dr. Jill Stein | October 22. 2016 | 8:30 PM

Looking back at the 2016 U.S. Presidential election Geopolitical News recalls Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein as the only candidate who had the honesty to inform her voters about the real reason for the US-Syrian war (Image 2.). It’s about the United States of America and Russia controlling the Persian Gulf’s largest liquid natural gas field in the world. This gas field is shared between Qatar and its North Dome and Iran and its South Pars. Here are a few facts about the North Dome/South Pars gas field from Wikipedia:

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Image 3. Qatari North Dome and Iranian South Pars | Wikipedia

 

The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural-gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf. It is by far the world’s largest natural gas fieldIran and Qatar share ownership of the field. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the field holds an estimated 1,800 trillion cubic feet (51 trillion cubic meters) of in-situ natural gas and some 50 billion barrels (7.9 billion cubic meters) of natural gas condensates. On the list of natural gas fields it has more recoverable reserves than all other fields combined. It has significant geostrategic influence. This gas field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometres (3,700 sq mi), of which 3,700 square kilometres ,400 sq mi) (South Pars) is in Iranian territorial waters and 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi) (North Dome) is in Qatari territorial waters.

A “minute detail” that bothers the U.S. neocons is the fact that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has refused to support the Qatari pipeline in favor of the Iranian one sponsored and supported by Russia: one of the main reasons why the US and Europe are involved in a conflict of geopolitical and geo-strategic importance: the Syrian conflict is about who will control the export of Middle Eastern gas: the United States of America or Russia?

Brazilian reporter Pepe Escobar qualifies this war as “Syria’s Pipelineistan being a war of deals, not bullets.” Please notice that the LNG reserves of Qatari-Iranian North Dome South Pars gas fields have more recoverable reserves than all other fields combined.

It’s about the geopolitics of who is going to control the supply of LNG towards Europe and the world: Qatar and its US allies defending the Petrodollar or Iran and its Russian allies defending the Petroyuan? (Image 4.)

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Image 4. Persian Gulf: Qatar and Iran | Qatar: North Dome & South Pars: Iran | Google Maps

Pipeline One:  Petroyuan Russian side: Persian Gulf South Pars from Iran via Iraq, Syria, Lebanon; a project backed up by Russia (Gazprom), Iran and China.

Pipeline Two: Petrodollar U.S. side: Persian Gulf North Dome from Qatar, via Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria; a project supported by the United States of America and its allies: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates

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Image 5. Financial War Petrodollar vs Petroyuan

Who will win this financial war? (Image 5.) The United States and its European Allies with the Petrodollar or China and Russia with the Petroyuan?

This is the real dichotomy of the Syrian conflict.

Bruno P. Gebarski for Geopolitical News

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Post-Mortem Western Mainstream Media Propaganda vis à vis U.S. Presidential Election

Quotes:

  • “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. By violation of the Nuremberg laws I mean the same kind of crimes for which people were hanged in Nuremberg.” —Noam Chomsky
  • “In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”  —Quote often attributed to George Orwell author of the renowned novel:  Nineteen Eighty-four
  • What is history? The lie that everyone agrees on…”Voltaire

geopolitics_usa_f_hillary-clinton-the-dead-horsePresident Elect Of the United States, PEOTUS, Donald Trump’s 2016 victory has left the Western Mainstream Media (MSM) speechless but yet struggling to salvage some scrap of what is left of its credibility or lack of it. Rigged news is spewed constantly by Western neocon controlled-media-outlets uttering an endless array of war-mongering propaganda against PEOTUS, Russia and China. This neocon propaganda is topped up by a never ending cultural Marxist Leitmotiv.

In his essay What is Cultural Marxism, William S. Lind writes: “Cultural Marxism is a branch of western Marxism, different from the Marxism-Leninism of the old Soviet Union. It is commonly known as ‘multiculturalism’ or, less formally, Political Correctness. From its beginning, the promoters of cultural Marxism have known they could be more effective if they concealed the Marxist nature of their work, hence the use of terms such as ‘multiculturalism.‘” Cultural Marxism upholds, among other things, sexual lawlessness and the destruction of the traditional Judeo-Christian family structure: the foundation of any stable and functioning society.

geopolitics_f_daniele-ganse_us-nato-aggressions_english_01Both Democrats and Republicans parties are backed up by an oligopoly that controls its failing Main Stream Media (MSM) western propaganda with a succession of U.S.-NATO war-mongering geopolitical plots following each other at a breathtaking speed:

—Failed attempt to democratic candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton vote recount, which MSM rapidly brushed aside since more votes were “recovered” for PEOTUS than Hillary Clinton.

—Fake News narrative followed the failed attempt to the Democratic US vote-recount scheme.

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—Shortly after the Fake News narrative, the MSM oligopoly came up with the “Russia-rigged-the-elections-results” stunt in an attempt to oppose the alternative media with outlets such as former United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy Dr. Paul Craig Robert’s blog. As if mainstream media did own the credibility for delivering facts and neutral information to its sheeple: Yeah right!

Most U.S., British and French citizens, under the spell of Western democratic delusion, underestimate how crucial it is for the establishment to control the news thus their minds. Maintaining the right level of MSM propaganda upholds the sheeple’s support for U.S.-NATO inception of uprisings, coup d’états and wars : Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine being just a few of the most recent US-examples. Remember the 1915 U.S./British sinking of the Lusitania cover-up plot that eventually brought the U.S. into WWI? Assistant Editor to the Financial Times Dr. Gillian Tett reminds us of the importance of controlling the masses’ opinion: “Most societies have an élite; an élite [who] tries to stay in power, and the way they stay in power is not merely by controlling the means of production, to be Marxist: i.e. controlling the money, but by controlling the cognitive map, the way we think. And what really matters in that respect is not so much what is actually said in public, but what is left undebated, unsaid.”

—The ongoing U.S and Western neocon war-mongering against Russia and China could have reached the next level with the assassination of the Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov who was shot dead as he was delivering a speech at the opening of an exhibition called “Russia in the Eyes of Turks” at an art gallery in Ankara. Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich suggested that “the cold-blooded killing of Andrei Karlov, who died after being shot five times in the back, was a ‘planned action'”. He continued: “Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition. It can be ISIS, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan. But maybe – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign NATO secret services are behind it.”

—Finally, a Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea shortly after takeoff from Sochi on its way to Latakia, Syria, on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said.

geopolitics_f_usa_donald-trump_presidential-leverageAs author Fred Branfman wrote in his remarkable book Voices from the Plain of Jars, “One of the most shattering revelations about the [Laos] bombing was discovering why it had so vastly increased in 1969, as described by the refugees. I learned that after President Lyndon Johnson had declared a bombing halt over North Vietnam in November 1968, he had simply diverted the planes into northern Laos. There was no military reason for doing so. It was simply because, as U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Monteagle Stearns testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in October 1969, ‘Well, we had all those planes sitting around and couldn’t just let them stay there with nothing to do.'”

One of the worst pieces of neocon U.S. propaganda to be published on the East Coast, besides the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is The Washington Post and its daily disgorge of war-mongering titles such as “Intelligence community investigating covert Russian influence operations in the United States.” According this Washington Post article, “U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.”

Well, is not this what one of the worst Washington neocon representatives, Hillary Rodham Clinton, gushes on a regular basis: “. . . And we will make sure the Iranians and the world understand that the United States will act decisively if necessary, including taking military action. There will have to be consequences for any violation by Iran and that, the nuclear option should not at all be taken off the table: that has been my position consistently . . . And Russia has to support the international community’s effort sincerely or be held to account . . . That Russia or China will pay a price, because they are holding up ‘progress’ blockading it that is no longer tolerable.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton

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In a very insightful article, The New York Times’ Media Bias, author Noam Chomsky perfectly refers to the U.S. empire hegemonic aspiration: “The [U.S] media reflects, uncritically, the approved doctrine: that the U.S. owns the world, and it does so by right.”

Bruno Pierre Gebarski

  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy (Part One)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy (Part Two)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | September 11th 2001 and the Rise of U.S. Neocons (Part Three)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | Preemptive Strike & Neocons Mainstream Media Propaganda (Part Four)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | Oligarchy and Neocons Destructive Agenda (Part Five)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | Oligarchy and Neocons Destructive Agenda (Part Six: coming soon)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | U.S.-NATO Serbian Genocide (Part Seven: planned)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | Iraq the War for Oil and Control of the Middle East (Part Eight: planned)
  • U.S. Exceptionalism and U.S. Global Terror Management Strategy | Iraq the War for OIL and Control of the Middle East (Part Nine: planned)

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