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The Oil-Gas War Over Syria, in Maps

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"" target=
"_blank">Eric ZUESSE
| 24.10.2016

Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency, though government-run, is
providing  "" target=
"_blank">remarkably clear and reliable diagrammatic descriptions of
the current status
 of the U.S – and –
fundamentalist – Sunni, versus Russia – and – Shia – and – NON –
fundamentalist – Sunni, sides, in the current oil-and-gas war in
the Middle East, for control over territory in Syria, for
construction of oil-and-gas pipelines through Syria supplying fuel
into the world’s largest energy-market: Europe. Russia is now the
dominant supplier of both oil and gas, but its ally Iran is a
Shiite gas-powerhouse that wants to share the market there, and
Russia has no objection.

Qatar is a Sunni gas-powerhouse and wants to become the main
supplier of gas there, and Saudi Arabia is a Sunni oil-powerhouse,
which wants to become the major supplier of oil, but Saudi oil and
Qatari gas would be pipelined through secular-controlled (Assad’s)
Syria, and this is why the U.S. and its fundamentalist-Sunni
allies, the Sauds, and Qataris, are using Al Qaeda and other
jihadists to conquer enough of a strip through Syria so that U.S.
companies such as Halliburton will be able safely to place
pipelines there, to be marketed in Europe by U.S. firms such as
Exxon. Iran also wants to pipeline its gas through Syria, and this
is one reason why Iran is defending Syria’s government, against the
U.S.-Saudi-Qatari-jihadist invasion, which is trying to overthrow
and replace Assad.

Here are the most-informative of Anadolu’s

The first presents the effort by many countries to eliminate
ISIS control over the large Iraqi city of Mosul. A remarkably frank
remark made in this map is “An escape corridor into Syria will be
left for Daesh [ISIS] so they can vacate Mosul” – an admission that
the U.S. – Saudi – Qatari team want the ISIS jihadists who are in
Mosul to relocate into Syria to assist the U.S. – Saudi – Qatari
effort there to overthrow and replace the Assad government:

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The second is about the Egyptian government’s trying to assist
the Syrian government’s defense against the Saudi – U.S. – Qatari
invasion of Syria, at Aleppo, where Syria’s Al Qaeda branch is
trying to retain its current control over part of that large city.
The Saud family are punishing the Egyptian government for that:

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Here is Russia’s proposed gas-pipeline, which would enable
Russia to reduce its dependence upon Ukraine (through which
Russia currently pipelines its gas into Europe).
Obama  ""
target="_blank">conquered and took over Ukraine in February 2014
via his coup that overthrew the democratically elected
neutralist Ukrainian President there

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In addition, there is the following map
from  ""

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That map shows the competing Shiia (Russia-backed) and Sunni
(U.S.-backed) gas-pipelines into Europe — the central issue in
the invasion and defense of Syria.

On 21 September 2016, Gareth Porter headlined "nofollow" href=
target="_blank">«The War Against the Assad Regime Is Not a
‘Pipeline War’»
, and he pointed out some errors in
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s account that had been published under the
headline «Syria: Another Pipeline War». Porter argued: «It’s
easy to understand why that explanation would be accepted by many
anti-war activists: it is in line with the widely accepted theory
that all the US wars in the Middle East have been ‘oil wars’ —
about getting control of the petroleum resources of the region and
denying them to America’s enemies. But the ‘pipeline war’ theory is
based on false history and it represents a distraction from the
real problem of US policy in the Middle East — the US war state’s
determination to hold onto its military posture in the
. Porter ignored the key question there, as to why «the
US war state» has a «determination to hold onto its military
posture in the region». Opening and protecting potential
oil-gas-pipeline routes are important reasons why. Clearly,
Kennedy’s documentation that the CIA was trying as early as 1949 to
overthrow Syria’s secular government so as to allow to the Sauds a
means of cheaply transporting their oil through Syria into Europe,
remains unaffected by any of the objections that Porter raised to
Kennedy’s article. The recent portion of Kennedy’s timeline is
affected, but not his basic argument.

Furthermore, any military strategist knows that «the US war
state» is intimately connected to the U.S. oil-and-gas industries,
including pipelines («oilfield services») as well as marketing
(Exxon etc.). And Porter got entirely wrong what that
connection (which he ignored) actually consists of: it consists of
U.S. government taxpayer-funded killers for those U.S.
international corporations.  ""
target="_blank">Here is how Barack Obama put it
, when
addressing graduating cadets at West Point, America’s premier
military-training institution:

Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves
capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach
worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes
compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global
forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market
economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to
ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states
and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice
a generation ago.

It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new
world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is
not whether America will lead, but how we will lead – not just to
secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and
prosperity around the globe.

He was saying there that America’s military is in service to
U.S.-based international corporations in their competition against
those of Russia, Brazil, China, India, and anywhere else in which
«rising middle classes compete with us». Those places are what
Gareth Porter referred to as «America’s enemies».

Economic competitors are «enemies». Obama thinks that way, and
even a progressive journalist such as Porter doesn’t place into a
skeptical single – quotation – mark – surround, the phrase
‘America’s enemies’ when that phrase is used in this equational
context. On both the right (Obama) and the left (Porter), the
equation of a government and of the international corporations that
headquarter in its nation — the treatment of the military as being
an enforcement-arm for the nation’s international corporations — is
simply taken for granted, not questioned, not challenged.

RFK Jr. was correct, notwithstanding some recent
timeline-errors. Syria is «Another Pipeline War», and Obama is
merely intensifying it. (On 9 November 2015, I offered
target="_blank">different account
 than RFK Jr.
provided of the recent history — the Obama portion — of the
longstanding U.S. aggression against Syria; and it links back to
Jonathan Marshall’s excellent articles on that, and to other
well-sourced articles, in addition to primary sources, none of
which contradict RFK Jr.’s basic view, «Syria: Another Pipeline

Another portion of Porter’s commentary is, however, quite
accurate: America’s ‘Defense’ (or mass-killing-abroad) industries
(such as Lockheed Martin) are not merely servants of the U.S.
government, but are also served by the U.S. government: «the US war
state’s determination to hold onto its military posture in the
region» is protection of the major market — the Middle Eastern
market — for U.S. ‘Defense’ products and services. It’s not only
America’s firms in the oil, gas, and pipelines, industries, which
benefit from America’s military; it is also America’s firms in the
mass-killing industries, that do.

To the extent that the public (here including Barack Obama and
Gareth Porter) do not condemn the presumption that «the business of
America is business», or that a valid function of U.S. – taxpayer –
funded military and other foreign-affairs operations is to serve
the stockholders of U.S. international corporations, the hell (such
as in Syria) will continue. Gareth Porter got lost among the trees
because he failed to see (and to point to) that forest.

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