Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Trickling down to the mainstream media...

More of the underlying truth coming out in the media (that Gemini (mainstream media) - Sagittarius (ultimate truth) polarity). This article ran in the Sun newspapers recently. Thank-you Eric Margolis, and thank-you Sun editors for running this one.

Makes me feel a little better, considering I made a "No Blood for Oil" shirt way back in 2002 and wore it around to public meetings and such. Most people thought I was nuts back then, but I knew I wasn't...

This article also speaks about something else I've been bitching about for years...that the Canadian (and other) soldiers who are dying in Afghanistan trying to bring "freedom and democracy" to the area are, sadly, serving and dying to secure American oil interests by stabilizing an area in the path of the oil pipeline. Not to mention, freeing up American soldiers for the Iraqui effort.

To date, the estimates are that 1.2 million (MILLION!!) Iraquis have been killed since George Bush Sr.'s war there...and around 4,000 American soldiers and 100 Canadian soldiers have died in the most recent war.



PARIS -- The ugly truth behind the Iraq and Afghanistan wars finally has emerged.

Four major western oil companies, Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP and Total are about to sign U.S.-brokered no-bid contracts to begin exploiting Iraq's oil fields. Saddam Hussein had kicked these firms out three decades ago when he nationalized Iraq's oil industry. The U.S.-installed Baghdad regime is welcoming them back.

Iraq is getting back the same oil companies that used to exploit it when it was a British colony.

As former fed chairman Alan Greenspan recently admitted, the Iraq war was all about oil. The invasion was about SUV's, not democracy.

Afghanistan just signed a major deal to launch a long-planned, 1,680-km pipeline project expected to cost $8 billion. If completed, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) will export gas and later oil from the Caspian basin to Pakistan's coast where tankers will transport it to the West.

The Caspian basin located under the Central Asian states of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakkstan, holds an estimated 300 trillion cubic feet of gas and 100-200 billion barrels of oil. Securing the world's last remaining known energy El Dorado is a strategic priority for the western powers.

But there are only two practical ways to get gas and oil out of land-locked Central Asia to the sea: Through Iran, or through Afghanistan to Pakistan. Iran is taboo for Washington. That leaves Pakistan, but to get there, the planned pipeline must cross western Afghanistan, including the cities of Herat and Kandahar.


In 1998, the Afghan anti-Communist movement Taliban and a western oil consortium led by the U.S. firm Unocal signed a major pipeline deal. Unocal lavished money and attention on the Taliban, flew a senior delegation to Texas, and hired a minor Afghan official, Hamid Karzai.

Enter Osama bin Laden. He advised the unworldly Taliban leaders to reject the U.S. deal and got them to accept a better offer from an Argentine consortium. Washington was furious and, according to some accounts, threatened the Taliban with war.

In early 2001, six or seven months before 9/11, Washington made the decision to invade Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and install a client regime that would build the energy pipelines. But Washington still kept sending money to the Taliban until four months before 9/11 in an effort to keep it "on side" for possible use in a war against China.

The 9/11 attacks, about which the Taliban knew nothing, supplied the pretext to invade Afghanistan. The initial U.S. operation had the legitimate objective of wiping out Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. But after its 300 members fled to Pakistan, the U.S. stayed on, built bases -- which just happened to be adjacent to the planned pipeline route -- and installed former Unocal "consultant" Hamid Karzai as leader.

Washington disguised its energy geopolitics by claiming the Afghan occupation was to fight "Islamic terrorism," liberate women, build schools and promote democracy. Ironically, the Soviets made exactly the same claims when they occupied Afghanistan from 1979-1989. The Iraq cover story was weapons of mass destruction and democracy.

Work will begin on the TAPI once Taliban forces are cleared from the pipeline route by U.S., Canadian and NATO forces. As American analyst Kevin Phillips writes, the U.S. military and its allies have become an "energy protection force."


From Washington's viewpoint, the TAPI deal has the added benefit of scuttling another proposed pipeline project that would have delivered Iranian gas and oil to Pakistan and India.

India's energy needs are expected to triple over the next decade. Delhi, which has its own designs on Afghanistan, is cock-a-hoop over the new pipeline plan.

Russia, by contrast, is grumpy, having hoped to monopolize Central Asian energy exports.

Energy is more important than blood in our modern world. The U.S. is a great power with massive energy needs. Domination of oil is a pillar of America's world power. Let's be realistic. Afghanistan and Iraq are about oil, nothing else.


M. Simon said...

So you have to ask yourself: Is it possible that the enviros are the cause of the oil war?

No Blood For Oil or No Drilling For Oil?


The high price of oil is hurting the poor around the world. If the oil companies can bring more oil on line they will be doing a service to the poor of the world.

It is so sad seeing the true (if inadvertent) benefactors of humanity getting such a bums rush.

If the oil companies do not sell you refined products just where do you expect to get them from? Joe's Plumbing Supply and Garden Shop?

Willow said...

Erm...not sure I'm totally clear on your points, but from what I'm understanding, I think they are quite short-sighted.

I believe we should be advancing green energy...not fighting and killing for an increasingly scarce and environmentally toxic substance (that is in the hands of rich multi-nationals, not the people).

I'm also not completely sure how the high price of oil is hurting "the poor." Most of the truly poverty-stricken people on the planet don't drive. As far as oil being tied to the functioning of the econmomy...well, that is the old economy, which is increasingly unstable and will become more so. I'm furthering the evolution...not clinging to the dinosaur age. We have to look beyond oil at this the next stage.