The false proxy wars by the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, against Assad

Syria, a  conflict Washington tried so hard to push to the background now dominates the Worldwide  conversation .  Six months ago you could go through long meetings with US officials without once mentioning Syria. Back then negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program were the dominant priority in Washington; Syria’s four-year civil war was a hopeless mess that the US administration had little interest in responding to. Now rather Syria is back, with a vengeance, its strategic significance for the US negative approach has been exposed by the revival of cold war power struggles in the Middle East and the serious anxiety over resulting  refugees in Europe. A conflict that Washington tried so hard to push to the background now dominates the conversation.  Europe’s  next migration crisis has also had a serious impact on strategic thinking on war against Syria .  The US  they had falsely  argued, that Russia will soon discover that it is sinking into a Syrian quagmire and sue for peace. But predicting Mr Putin’s moves based on what seems rational in Washington, would be  really imprudent. As Putin rather is looking more like a hero everyday
The USA regards itself as “at war” with terrorism and in times of war, the truth gets buried. This happens frequently.
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t is still mostly all about who gets the oil and who will sell it to whom.
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The US, as an inheritor of the old colonial powers, and other forces such as France and Britain are seeking to impose hegemony on the middle east. They want the region to be under their political, military, security, economic and cultural control .They are after the region’s oil, gas and riches . “Washington launches proxy wars against those countries that seek to become independent and strong.” All of America’s talks about human rights and democracy are meaningless because the biggest dictatorships in the Middle east are sponsored by the US.” The ongoing war is not for the sake of reforms, democracy, human rights, poverty or countering ignorance but it is rather aimed at subjugating those who rejected the US scheme,  called the New Middle East . US President Barack Obama is one of the leading proponents of the country’s military interventions and arms industry because he lacks any morals or principles. “Obama’s not taking a principled position; Obama’s not taking a moral position; if anything after eight years it should be very clear [that] he has no principles and he has no morals,”  Obama is a major supporter of the war machine, he is a supporter of the military-industrial complex, he’s a supporter of defense contractors,. The United States spends more on its military than any other nation in the world. The US spent $610 billion on defense in 2014, followed by China with $216 billion and Russia with $84.5 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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The Arctic is believed to hold up to 25 percent of the planet’s untapped oil and gas supplies, and Russia, the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the territory. Russia’s had submitted a bid for vast Arctic territories that could contain large quantities of oil and gas to the United Nations. In 2007, Moscow staked a symbolic claim to the Arctic seabed by dropping a canister containing the Russian flag on the ocean floor from a submarine at the North Pole. The Kremlin also has moved to beef up Russian military forces in the Arctic. The effort has included the restoration of a Soviet-era military base on the New Siberian Islands and other military outposts in the Arctic. Moscow has justified the activity by claiming that the new facilities are vital to protect shipping routes that link Europe to the Pacific Rim. Earlier this year, the military conducted sweeping maneuvers in the Arctic that involved 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft. As part of the drills, the military demonstrated its capability to quickly beef up its forces on the Arctic
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The reason the US and Canada they now are telling Ukraine to join NATO and lose Russia.. Russia’s energy and over the next decade Canada’s Alberta Crude and the U.S. production of shale oil and gas rises and so even the United States becomes a major energy exporter. By 2020, according to administration estimates, the United States could be able to export more than 90 billion cubic meters off LNG annually, or about half of the gas Russia now supplies to Europe. There it is..
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 It has been suggested that the interest in assisting or opposing Syria is connected to the recent major oil find in the Golan Heights. The multi-national coalition that is currently fighting ISIS can rapidly turn against Israel over oil.as   Israeli  the oil find will inflame the region. “The oil discovery in Israel, it is said to be that it could be huge.  .” Syria , is already claiming that the oil belongs to Syria. “The oil deposit lies in the Golan Heights, which is internationally recognized as Syrian territory but has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 war between Israel and Arab states.” The Islamic State terror group is reportedly making gains in the Golan Heights region  There are around 500-700 Islamic State fighters currently active in the Syrian Golan Heights towns of Jamlah and Ash-Shajarah, which are adjacent to the Israeli border. Israel has expressed concerned about the increasing regional presence of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, who are seeking to set up a new terror front in the Golan Heights.

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It has always been a fight about Political influence, Power dominance and oil in Ukraine, Syria, other parts of Africa is a goal of many Nations including the US, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia. Making Money by selling oil had been a major goal by the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia etc… Hindering the sale of oil by the other countries is part of the proxy wars mentality ongoing today. That is a reason Syria is important to many.
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Iran wants to build a pipeline through Syria to reach the European market.. Saudi Arabia wants to build a pipeline through Syria to reach the Asian market.. The ISIS terrorists want control the rich oil fields to expand Islam.
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The US hopes to lift a forty-year-old ban on overseas oil sales. The House voted to lift the 40-year-old ban on oil exports, fueling a clash with President Barack Obama and which is unlikely due to presidential veto and Senate opposition. More than two dozen Democrats did support the bill, but that’s not enough to override a potential Presidential veto. Lifting the oil export ban would lower, not raise prices in the U.S. First, not all oil is the same. The main reason to export would be to solve mismatches between domestic crude oil quality and the capacity of refineries to handle different grades of crude. Second, fuel prices move in tandem with the world price of crude oil. Removing the ban would not affect the amount consumed in the U.S. OIL Prices dropped also because U.S. production nearly doubled over the past six years. Further increases in U.S. exports on world markets should bring global prices down a bit more. There is no ban on exports of refined products, which means that U.S. consumers already pay the world price for gasoline. Lifting the ban on crude exports would result in a higher price for U.S. crude producers and a lower markup on gasoline for U.S. refiners. The price of gas to consumers could even go down due to greater efficiencies from getting each refinery its ideal blend of crude, filling tankers both ways with imports and exports, and boosting U.S. crude production.
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Now many of the geopolitical players directly and indirectly involved in the Syria conflict also happen to be the world’s leading oil producers and an oil price spike could be also good news to oil-dependent Russia, who has been struggling with lower oil prices in the past year. Not just for Russia the loss in revenues has caused crude exporting countries intense economic and financial pain. Pegged to the US$, Saudi crude, priced in US$ will become more expensive for the Chinese. It will reduce demand for Saudi crude and/or make the crude of other exporters—e.g. the Russians—whose currencies float.
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So who is your friend, who is your enemy, and who is your ‘frenemy’ ? the conflict over oil It could change in a day.
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The Oil competition is likely to intensify in the next few months as Iran, which supplied between five and 10 percent of Europe’s crude before 2012, is set to return with medium volumes when Western sanctions on Tehran are lifted. “The Saudis want to secure the market share before Iran comes back,” ISIS makes millions of dollars from the sale of oil in the territory that it controls in northern Syria and northern Iraq. Although the Saudis were okay with lower oil at first because they were able to tap into resources, now they’re starting to feel the strain due to the past year’s aggressive spending binge on military campaigns and their aim to keep citizens “content.”
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After an eight year hiatus from issuing sovereign debt, the Saudi government announced a plan during the summer to borrow $28 billion in 2015 and launched the borrowing with a $5 billion offering in August. The Ministry of Finance has banned contracts for new projects, hiring and promotions, and purchase of vehicles or furniture in the fourth quarter, while the newly created Council for Economic and Development Affairs must now approve all government projects worth more than $27 million. The Saudi government also is preparing to privatize airports and contemplating seeking private financing for infrastructure projects. Increasing financial and military support for the Syrian conflict would certainly add to the strain. “Saudi Arabia is prepared to significantly step up its financial and military support for the anti-Assad rebels as part of a broader campaign to roll back Iranian influence,” But “with Saudi Arabia’s own military campaign in Yemen nearing the six-month mark, Syria could prove to be an increasingly costly second front and comes amidst increasing signs of financial distress, including up to $70 billion in withdrawals from overseas asset managers.”
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The Baltic state of Lithuania, once a Soviet republic, is also looking to diversify its energy supplies. Lithuanian energy minister Rokas Masiulis told Reuters on Wednesday that the country is in talks with U.S. liquefied natural gas company Cheniere Energy Inc over possible imports as it tries to cut its dependence on Russian supplier Gazprom. “For the first time in many years the European market looks more interesting than the Asian market for the Saudis, Iran. So Middle Eastern producers are looking to take that opportunity.
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Saudi Arabia is looking at storing crude in Gdansk so that it can supply eastern European customers more quickly, just as it has done for years for western European clients from ports in the Netherlands or Belgium. One trader said supplies from Gdansk could be sent to Germany to compete with Russian crude sent down the Soviet-built Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. . Since the false proxy wars by the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the uprising against Assad turned into a sectarian and Oil war, Saudi Arabia has backed the mediumly Sunni opposition while Iran and Russia have stood by the Syrian dictator. . Saudi Arabia and the United States both oppose the Assad regime while the latter seek to dissuade Russia from further aggression in Eastern Europe without risking a war there. Saudi Arabia, for must also worry about Russia’s increased involvement in the region. Vladimir Putin recently deployed fighter jets and troops to Syria to prop up Assad’s government — by targeting the very rebels the Saudis have supported.
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Reuters reports that Russia has for years been muscling in on Asian markets where Saudi Arabia was once the unchallenged dominant supplier. “But now Riyadh is retaliating in Moscow’s backyard of Europe with aggressive price discounting.” Some oil refiners in Europe are cutting their longstanding use of Russian crude in favor of Saudi grades as the world’s top exporters fight for market share. it is a commercial battle for customers as both exporters ramp up their output despite weak world oil prices.”
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The militant group known as the Islamic State or ISIS controls huge amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria. And ISIS finances much of its military operations from siphoning and selling the greatest commodity in Iraq and Syria: oil. Some estimates put proceeds from the ISIS theft at $1.5 million a day. IS controls at least eight power plants, including three hydroelectric plants and the largest gas processing plant in Syria, a country where 90 percent of the grid comes from gas. And how is it possible that they have this kind of an industry of oil in the middle of the war where different countries are attacking them? So, the ISUS can only really go after refining processes or everything after the extraction.
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And the ISIS has used that to its advantage. Basically, it’s taken over oil fields and has used employees who already were working at those fields to continue production. What ISIS did was just take over production that was already ongoing and improve it. ISIS sells this oil to everyone there or to Turkey. But we found most of the oil is being bought by the people that ISIS controls, or even their neighbors who are technically at war with them. The Syrian opposition is at war with ISIS.
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If you live in other parts of Syria that are controlled by the opposition fighting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, you actually have to buy oil from ISIS. Your hospitals, your tractors, everything that makes your life run is fueled by ISIS oil. a lot of this oil stays inside Syria and Iraq and is bought by regular people on these markets.
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So the oil makes it out of ISIS’s territory, particularly to the rebel regions in northwestern Syria, and then they take the fuel – the refined fuel – and they find every way you can think of to get in over the border to Turkey. They’ve even made pipelines, and they kind of use these hand pumps to pump it in a tube under the border. Some people carry it on boats over a river that runs along parts of the border or mules. The other problem is how much do you pressure your allies like Turkey and Iraq to stop things like smuggling? And you have an entire population of people who see this as a great way of making money in desperate conditions. So it’s a really difficult situation.
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They fight ISIS at the same time that they actually have to buy their fuel because they have no other option and the hospitals are all powered by generators using oil from ISIS. They would like to bomb routes where you can see trucks going by with oil, but their coalition partners, like the it’s Americans say we don’t want to do that. They don’t want to turn what are essentially civilian traders, oil smugglers against them. . What the ISIS has done is allowed locals to buy their fuel. They don’t actually control the entire system. They only control the extraction and sell crude oil. Locals are the ones who refine it and sell it on and they’re benefiting from it because they don’t really have any other economic opportunities right now all this brings to the forefront again just how convoluted and messy this whole conflict is.
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Today, the U.S., Israel, the Saudi Kingdom, Turkey, and a few other countries are similarly pouring ever more investment into groups of fighters (some of the same groups as fought in Afghanistan, including al-Qaeda) trying to change a regime in Syria. There is every reason to believe that if regime change succeeds, the winners will be al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. But not for lack of trying by the West, and its Saudi, Israeli, and Turkish allies. Regime change has been the goal, but only chaos has been the result. The West’s bombs are rather instruments of chaos.

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Combating international terrorism has long been one of the top priorities of Russia’s foreign policy. Russia remains the only international player whose military actions in Syria have a legal basis in the form of the request of the government in Damascus. Russia’s actions are already bringing tangible results on the ground. Several hundred air strikes have allowed to degrade significantly Isis command and logistical infrastructure. This is in stark contrast with the widely recognized and admitted inefficiency of the US-led coalition. Syria is about Russia’s international standing, it is also a long-term play for higher oil prices and, ultimately, a flow of oil dollars into Russia Syria is home to Russia’s only naval base in the Middle East and has long been a buyer of Russian arms and a supplier of regional intelligence. It can then play the “godfather”, dispensing cheap oil from previously Isis-held areas to his allies in the region. The more he can entrench himself in the Middle East, the more he can exert control over energy markets. With Iran and Iraq in his sphere President Vladimir Putin can begin to force Europe to rely on him again for supplies.
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A prolonged war in the Middle East would serve Putin’s interests perfectly. The deeper and more widespread the conflict, the more world oil and gas prices are likely to rise, helping him stage an economic recovery at home and render the sanctions useless. . Ushering in better times at home is also Putin’s aim Russian Federation to Meet With Saudi Arabia Over Global Oil Market – Energy Minister. Over the past decade, Russian Federation has diverted as much as a third of its oil exports to Asia by building big pipelines into mainland China and its Pacific coast. “The Saudis want to secure the market share before Iran comes back”.
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Russia is not retreating from Ukraine. It seems to prioritize the strategic imperative of keeping this crucial Russian borderland out of Europe and NATO over whatever economic pain the West is able to inflict upon it. Russia it has now opened another front in Syria. . As President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Russia as a major player in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is starting to attack on Russia’s traditional stomping ground by supplying lower-priced crude oil to Poland. and others. European traders and refiners confirm that Saudi Arabia has been offering its oil at significant discounts, making it more attractive than Russian crude. And, even though most eastern European refineries are now technologically dependent on the Russian crude mix, In the 1970s, Saudi Arabia sent half of its oil to Europe, but then the Soviet Union built export pipelines from its abundant West Siberian oil fields, and the Saudis switched to Asian markets. The Saudi share of the European crude market kept dropping; in 2009, it reached a nadir of 5.9 percent. Russia’s share peaked at 34.8 percent in 2011.
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In recent years, Saudi Arabia slowly increased its presence, reaching a 8.6 percent share in 2013, As for the Saudis, they need to expand outside Asia where demand is falling. Saudi Arabia is delaying payments to government contractors as the slump in oil prices pushes the country into a deficit for the first time since 2009. Companies working on infrastructure projects have been waiting six months or more for payments as the government seeks to preserve cash. The Delays have increased this year and the government has also been seeking to cut prices on contracts.. Saudi Arabia is tackling the slump in crude, which accounts for about 80 percent of revenue, by tapping foreign reserves, cutting spending and selling bonds.
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Now that the Saudis are involved in a ruthless price war for market share — not just with U.S. shale oil producers but with all suppliers who are not members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting countries — they are moving into Russia’s traditional market. . In the Asian markets, Russia became a serious competitor to the Saudis. In May, Russian crude supplies to China even temporarily surpassed those of Saudi Arabia. . Oil competition is an undercurrent in Putin’s Middle Eastern policy. The Russian leader hopes that when its ally Iran re-enters the global oil and gas market, Russia will somehow share in the profits, perhaps through new pipelines across Syria. He also wants to stop the Saudis from establishing export routes in Syria.
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Saudi-Moscow find it difficult for the world’s two largest producers to reach an agreement on cutting production,” Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two dominant global crude exporters, each daily export over seven-plus mmbbls (including condensates and NGLs) While both publicly profess willingness to discuss market conditions, neither has shown any real inclination to reduce output—in fact, both countries seem committed to keeping their feet pressed to their crude output pedals. In the course of 2015, both have raised output and exports over 2014 levels—Saudi Arabia by ~500 and 550~ mbbls/day respectively and Russia by ~100 and ~150. The Saudis have repeatedly cut pricing to undercut competitors to maintain market share in the critical U.S. and China ..

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America makes the claim that Corrupted Russia today is dominated by corrupted oligarchs who run Russia.. and how much different is it in the US? Saudi Arabia, or Ukraine? or in Israel too?
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Israel has been governed by an oligarchy. These are self-styled lords of the manor who have power over civil and military sectors, and share the spoils of rule between themselves. The subjects can talk, but have no influence. Israel has been transformed from the only democracy in the region, to a democracy where power is held by only a few. Most Americans probably don’t know that the 2nd most unequal “rich” country is the close ally and client state of Israel, whose own oligarchs own a significant slice of the Israeli economy. https://putin1hero.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/852/

 

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