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  •  This is all about oil (again) and Iran (10+ / 0-)

    Here we are, again, triangulating in order to elbow out Iran's power. Here is a good article in HuffPo that explains some of the intrigue:

    More than a year ago, Iran, Iraq and Syria signed an agreement for the construction of a pipeline supposed to transport gas from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea in order to supply Europe.

    Meanwhile, Qatar transports its gas through the Strait of Hormuz and is therefore dependent on Iran for its exports (with LNG tankers which then need to pass through the Suez Canal). The Emirate had plans to build a gas pipeline through Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. But, Bashar al-Assad blocked this project, preferring to sign an agreement with his Iranian ally, but above all, to preserve its long-term energy deals with Russia.

    As a result, Europe -- which is largely dependent on the Russian giant Gazprom for its energy needs -- has an interest in seeking a competitor to lower its growing gas bill. We understand that a Sunni power could protect a Qatar-Saudi Arabia-Jordan-Syria pipeline to diversify its sources. Besides, this path would allow Europe to further isolate Iran by preventing it getting supplies from a "Shia pipeline" Iran-Iraq-Syria.

    Consequently, the centerpiece is Syria and geostrategic realities explain why the Syrian people have become the victims of this bloody proxy war. The different geostrategic interests in Syria explain the positions of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and the deadlock. It also explains the difference in the framing by world powers that are competing and advancing their own national interest on the Syrian theater.

    "You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying."Edward Snowden -6.62, -6.92

    by CanyonWren on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:28:34 AM PDT

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