The cold war between the United States and Russia is alive and ongoing by proxy now in Syria, and it is over control of oil and natural gas delivery. Syria holds one of the most geographically strategic locations in the region for potential oil and gas export pipelines from U.S. allies: Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia into Turkey, and eventually Europe. If that pipeline were to be a reality, Russia’s oil and gas dominance over Europe would be put to an end, along with its economy.
Mnar Muhawesh, from Mint Press News, an online independent news source, exposed the facts about the real cause of the war in Syria in her article, “Refugee Crisis & Syria War Fueled by Competing Gas Pipelines.”
According to Muhawesh, recent WikiLeaks revealed that the US State Department had plans dating back to 2006 to overthrow Syrian president Bashar Al Assad. Furthermore, in order to protect his Russian ally’s interest, Al Assad refused to sign an agreement allowing Qatar and its allies—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE—to extend a natural gas pipeline through Syria into Turkey, and Europe. As a result, Qatar and its allies along with the U.S. agreed to revive the plans—as revealed by WikiLeaks—to overthrow the Assad regime, and replace it with a more western-friendly figure.
The aim was masked under a plan to implement democracy in Syria, and it engaged Muslim sectarianism to replace Syria’s Shiite minority dictatorship, the Assad regime, with a leader elected by the Syrian people. The Assad regime is known for its excessive brutality in response to revolution attempts. Qatar and its allies were banking on it. When a few hundred civilians came out to protest in the city of Daraa, south of the capital Damascus, they were brutally suppressed. From then on, the peaceful protestors became armed protestors, and the weapons along with foreign fighters flowed into Syria. With no shortage of oil revenues, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Turkey funded, armed, and trained the protestors along with incoming fighters from all over the world in the name of overthrowing Al Assad, a Shiite dictator aligned with Russia and Iran.
While there is plenty of coverage in the corporate media about the violence in Syria, the refugee crisis that is reaching North America and sweeping Europe, that coverage has failed to address the economic interests and strategic gas pipeline motivations of the U.S. and its allies in toppling the current Syrian leadership. Instead, corporate news coverage has classified the conflict as a war for democracy that has been hijacked by Sunni-Shiite interests. For example, Oren Dorell of the USA Today identified “more than a dozen” factions involved in the Syrian conflict—including groups categorized as pro-government, anti-government, anti-Islamic State, and “other fighters”—but he did not address the oil interests that, ultimately, underpin the conflict.
Source: Mnar Muhawesh, “Refugee Crisis & Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines,” Mint Press News, September 9, 2015, http://www.mintpressnews.com/migrant-crisis-syria-war-fueled-by-competing-gas-pipelines/209294/.
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