What happened in Syria in the last couple of years was made to be a big media circus. Of course, this year we have newer issues to focus on with Ukraine’s social uprising and Venezuela’s protests. What happened in the Syria, however, signalled to a bigger issue at play and that is the renewal of … Read More
What happened in Syria in the last couple of years was made to be a big media circus. Of course, this year we have newer issues to focus on with Ukraine’s social uprising and Venezuela’s protests. What happened in the Syria, however, signalled to a bigger issue at play and that is the renewal of larger historical conflict: the Cold War. As with the conflict in Syria, the underlying issue remains a struggle to retain power. In the case of Russia, it is to maintain control over a very strategic partner that has been Ukraine, and it is not only because both countries share culture, language and a history, but it is also because Ukraine does have the second largest military infrastructure in the region, second only to Russia. But the biggest reason why there is a big stake in Ukraine is because of their strategic geographical placement in the middle a gas pipeline system. Not coincidentally, there was a similar ignition in the Syrian conflict, when no later after Bashar al-Assad had a signed an agreement with Iran and Iraq to build, the Iraq-Iran-Syria pipeline in July 2011, as I have detailed in this video, the protests in Syrian began only months after this agreement was signed. Not strangely, al-Assad reported the presence of “thugs” as the mainline provocateurs of the protests, as well as the militia loyal to Al-Qaeda. Whether this is true or not, the point is there are some similarities that seem to signal to a common pattern. Although it is not uncommon, especially lately, that government leaders tend to put labels on protesters such as: “fascists” (as it has been said in Venezuela by president Maduro) and “thugs” or “terrorists” (as Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan, Morsi Gaddaffi, and Putin), now we are seeing ousted president Turchynov had also talked about “fascists” being behind the protests in his country. We must look at these issues globally, when approaching the Ukraine situation, there is certainly a stake for access to a natural resources, in Venezuela (as I explained in this video), there seems to be a serious motivation for a change in power and one cannot ignore the fact that Venezuela has the biggest oil reserve in the world. Therefore in looking at this situation, aside from seeing as a revolution – as the mainstream media like to paint it – this is not just an issue of power change, a corrupt president and democracy, there is a repeating pattern here and powers that be have an interest that needs to be discussed. So, when we consider all of these, we must ask: Who is really behind all of this madness we have been witnessing, not only in Ukraine and Venezuela lately, but also in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen before?
Is it really about democracy?
Or is it about a larger chess game being played? Where the players are making all of the moves? They remain invisible to most of the world and this not to say the players are Obama or Putin. If you think about it for a second, the other question to ask is: Who owns these pipelines or oil wells? Do government own these properties? Do we as taxpayer in our respective countries have a direct stake on the oil wells? Nope, it is the large oil companies and energy tycoons, investment firms and bankers. The media plays a big role to hide all of these motivations, they would like to point to the uprisings as a revolution, a beacon of hope, a natural disaster etc. Anything but to objectively present the events and allow for public opinion to understand the issue from a less visceral point of view. As I write this post, the moves are being made, Russia has allegedly been present in Crimea, Ukraine and Putin is vowing to execute a military presence to “help” stabilize the situation, while Obama has basically threatened “consequences” for Russia if they decide to proceed with their intentions. As if, the U.S. is all for leaving countries to make their own decisions. We will have to see if this indeed escalates to a larger conflict, though we can only watch and wait for reason and truth to help halt a path of destruction that runs free in the interest of power and profit.