It’s Not Just the Oil. The Middle East War and the Conquest of Natural Gas Reserves

I would like to study these maps a bit more. I wonder whether Oil and Gas Reserves are still so very important..

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Are the Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Really About Oil?

The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others.

Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11.

The Sunday Herald reported:

Five months before September 11, the US advocated using force against Iraq … to secure control of its oil.

The Afghanistan war was planned before 9/11 (see this and this).   According to French intelligence officers, the U.S. wanted to run an oil pipeline through Afghanistan to transport Central Asian oil more easily and cheaply. And so the U.S. told the Taliban shortly before 9/11 that they would either get “a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”, the former if they greenlighted the pipeline, the second…

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6 thoughts on “It’s Not Just the Oil. The Middle East War and the Conquest of Natural Gas Reserves

  1. Oil and gas were important. The world crisis is now about what to do about all those oil and gas trillions locked up by just a few people.
    Wars cannot be fought anymore over the next generation of solar and wind generated energy. Sun, waves, and wind are not owned by just a few countries.
    I am sure some will think up fighting more wars.


      Have a look at this article, Gerard, where it says:

      “The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall; Austria’s OMV; France’s Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom.”

      Now, the Americans want to impose sanctions on Russia, so that they cannot sell gas to Europe anymore. If it really comes to that, it amounts to war. I hope a war like this can be prevented.

      1. I still think that solar and wind power will make oil and gas more and more obsolete. No doubt, wars will continue. Someone will claim ownership of the sun.

      2. As far as I know, Gerard, in Germany a lot is being done for renewable energy, but so far solar and wind is not enough for all their energy needs. On top of it they try to get rid of nuclear power stations, which also takes quite a bit of time. Anyhow these pipelines from Russia are probably still needed for some years to come. Not only Germany is angry with America that they try to interfere. In American eyes apparently no European nation is supposed to do business with Russia! They just do not want to see that countries decide for themselves who they want to do trade with. Free trade agreements, whatever is this, I wonder . . . .

  2. The current sanctions against Qatar relate largely to their rich natural gas reserves. Between them Russia, Syria, Iran and Qatar could control nearly 100% of the world’s natural gas reserves.

    1. Australia has some gas reserves too, Stuart. For instance we sell it cheaply to Japan, and here in Australia we have to pay more for it than the Japanese do.

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