The Real Reason for War in Syria: Pipeline Control


The Real Reason for War in Syria: Pipeline Control

Dear Readers,

Almost a year ago, I said we should be afraid – and prepared – for war.

A few of my readers said that I was a fear monger; that I was using scare tactics to influence my readers.

But here we are almost a year later and war is exactly what is happening.

While citizens on this side of the world are cheering for a recovery fueled by cheap credit (that eventually has to be paid back with higher interest rates), much of the world is in chaos.

Emerging markets are now feeling the pain of inflation, while developed countries reap the temporary rewards of the printing press.


This is what I wrote last year on September 23, 2012:

I am about to share with you a timeline of events that will not only shock you, but also give you a whole new perspective of the world’s financial system.

For years I have been writing about our economic decay and the growing financial war. The threats I mention are real. The facts are real. And the dangers are real.

Triggers are waiting to be pulled. You’re seeing it all over the news:

  • Coordinated attacks against Western embassies in the Middle East.
  • The assassination of a U.S. Ambassador at the hands of an anti-American terrorist in the Libyan US Embassy.
  • Iran and Iraq on the brink of war, with cruisers, aircraft carriers and minesweepers from 25 nations converging on the Strait of Hormuz in defense.
  • Iran makes a serious threat of World War Three

You’re seeing this all over the news, but can you connect the dots?

Connecting the Dots

The United States has just announced an open-ended QE3; printing billions of dollars every month as they see fit. This reckless money creation, a weapon by the US to balance trade deficits, is causing havoc worldwide.

(If you missed the last few issues (from 2012) of the Equedia Letter, GO HERE to catch up – it is very important you understand what’s at stake.)

Countries around the world are feeling the effects of this currency war. It’s created higher food prices in Egypt and stock bubbles in Brazil. Printing by the Fed leads to higher unemployment in developing economies as their exports become more expensive to Americans. While higher food prices means a lower standard of living for first world nations, it’s a matter of survival (see America’s Gold Wiped Out.) for smaller developing nations.

As a result of the currency war and the reckless abandonment of sound fiscal policy by the United States, countries around the world are beginning to leave the dollar in droves. The capital markets are now hanging sitting on the edge of a major fiscal cliff.

Imagine what would happen to our markets if the Russians decided to launch a resources assault (they control the world’s biggest gas company, producing 17% of the world’s gas), the Chinese retaliates and launches a currency assault, and Iran triggers World War III.

Can our capital markets withstand a culmination of these events?

The threats are extremely real. I urge you to read everything below and judge for yourself. Open your eyes.

A Shocking Timeline of Events

  • January 1, 2006: Russia cuts off all gas supplies passing through Ukrainian territory
  • October 28, 2008: RIA Novosti reports Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed that Russia and China should gradually switch over to national currency payments in bilateral trade.
  • November 15, 2008: Reuters reports that Iran has converted financial reserves into gold to avoid future problems.
  • November 19, 2008: Guangzhou Daily reported that China’s central bank is considering raising its gold reserve by 4,000 metric tons from 600 tons to diversify risks brought by the country’s huge foreign exchange reserves of dollars.
  • March 23, 2009: People’s Bank of China reported that Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China calls for the establishment of a new international reserve currency to replace the dollar.
  • March 30, 2009: Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that Russia and China are coordinating proposals on a new global currency that could replace the US dollar as a reserve currency to prevent a repeat of the global economic crisis
  • March 31, 2009: The Financial Times (FT) reports that China, which is pushing to end the dominance of the dollar as a worldwide reserve, has agreed a currency swap with Argentina that will allow it to receive renminbi instead of dollars for its exports to the Latin American country.
  • April 26, 2009: AFP reports that China is calling for the reform of the world monetary system.
  • June 16, 2009: Reuters reports that the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China called for reform of international financial institutions, sweeping changes to the United Nations to give a bigger role to Brazil and India and a “stable and predictable” currency system.
  • November 3, 2009: Bloomberg reports that India has purchased $6.7 billion worth of IMF gold to diversify out of the dollar, as ballooning U.S. debt and low interest rates weaken the currency.
  • June 29, 2010: Reuters reports that a new United Nations report released calls for abandoning the U.S. dollar as the main global reserve currency, saying it has been unable to safeguard value.
  • November 7, 2010: World Bank president Robert Zoellick says that the G20 should consider a new financial system that considers employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values.
  • November 24, 2010: China Business Daily reports that China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade.
  • December 15, 2010: Bloomberg reports that both China and Russia have called for the dollar’s role in global trade to be diminished since the global financial crisis, and Russia is promoting the ruble as a reserve and trading currency within the former Soviet Union. Moscow’s Micex exchange started trading the yuan against the ruble for the first time today, as Russia and China seek to reduce the use of dollars in trade.
  • May 4, 2011: Financial Times reports that Mexico has quietly purchased nearly 100 tonnes of gold bullion, as central banks embark on their biggest bullion buying spree in 40 years.
  • July 24, 2011: Financial Times reports that Iran and China are discussing using a barter system to exchange Iranian oil for Chinese goods and services, as U.S. sanctions have blocked China from paying at least $20 billion for oil.
  • August 1, 2011: Reuters reports that South Korea’s central bank bought 25 tonnes of gold over the past two months in its first purchase in more than a decade, saying the time was ripe to boost its gold holding.
  • August 17, 2011: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that he plans to nationalize the gold sector. He’s also ordered the repatriation of 90 percent of Venezuela’s gold reserves held abroad, returning the country’s gold reserves back to Caracas.
  • December 26, 2011: The Japanese government reports that Japan and China will promote direct trading of the yen and yuan without using dollars and will encourage the development of a market for companies involved in the exchanges.
  • December 28, 2011: India and Japan sign new $15bn currency swap agreement
  • January 7, 2012: Iran and Russia replaces the U.S. dollar with their national currencies in bilateral trade.
  • January 17, 2012: Reuters reports that the People’s Bank of China said China and the United Arab Emirates have signed a currency swap agreement.
  • February 21, 2012: Bloomberg reports that the Turkish central bank said China and Turkey have signed a three-year currency swap agreement
  • March 22, 2012: BBC reports that China and Australia have signed a currency swap agreement in a bid to promote bilateral trade and investment.
  • March 30, 2012: Bloomberg reports that Iran and its leading oil buyers, China and India, are finding ways to skirt U.S. and European Union financial sanctions on the Islamic republic by agreeing to trade oil for local currencies and goods including wheat, soybean meal and consumer products. Iran also has sought to trade oil for wheat from Pakistan and Russia, according to media reports from the two countries.
  • June 1, 2012: Asia Times reports that Japan and China have started direct trading of their currencies, the yen and the yuan, on the inter-bank foreign exchange markets in Tokyo and Shanghai in an apparent bid to strengthen bilateral trade and investment between the world’s second- and third-largest economies. It is the first time that China has allowed a major currency other than the dollar to directly trade with the yuan.
  • June 7, 2012: Reuters reports that Kazakhstan’s central bank will increase the share of gold in its foreign exchange reserves.
  • June 22, 2012: Financial Times reports that Brazil has provided a vote of confidence in China’s efforts to promote the renminbi as a reserve currency by becoming the biggest economy yet to agree a swap deal with Beijing.
  • June 26, 2012: Xinhua reports that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced the establishment of China-Chile strategic partnership and the completion of negotiations on investment-related supplementary deals to a bilateral free trade agreement. Wen suggested that the two sides launch currency swaps and expand settlement in China’s renminbi. Wen then states that China is also ready to discuss and sign currency swap agreements with more ECLAC countries (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean).
  • August 1, 2012: Bloomberg reports that The Bank of Korea, which has the world’s seventh-biggest foreign-exchange reserves, boosted gold holdings for the third time since June last year, joining central banks from Russia to Kazakhstan in buying bullion to diversify assets.
  • September 4, 2012: The European Commission launches an anti-trust case against Gazprom, opening the formal legal probe based on “concerns that Gazprom may be abusing its dominant market position in upstream gas supply markets.”
  • September 21, 2012: Reuters reports that Brazil threatened a further clampdown on speculative foreign capital, firing a warning shot in a “currency war” its finance minister blamed on money-printing by Western central banks. Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Brazil would not allow its currency, the real, to strengthen as a result of aggressive monetary stimulus by the United States and other developed nations.
  • September 23, 2012: Tehran’s military officials continue to threaten Israel with annihilation should it strike nuclear facilities; Senior commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps says Iran will not start war, but “warn that US involvement in conflict will trigger WW3.”

The threats and events mentioned above are not simply extreme worst-case scenarios, but a maelstrom of events happening all over the world. I give you strong examples that China, Russia, Brazil, and other nations are seeking alternatives to the dollar as a world reserve currency.

As I mentioned in America’s Gold Wiped Out, a “currency war” is a fight between countries to achieve a lower exchange rate for their own currency. In other words, its competitive devaluation. In short, the cheaper your currency, the more money you attract from foreign entities; this leads to increased exports, growth, and job creation. But never has printing during a global slowdown resulted in any growth or job creation.

I go onto say:

“I know a lot of really smart guys telling everyone to stay out of the markets – they have been for the last year. Yet, the market continues to climb. My prediction remains: The markets will continue to climb, even if it’s with volatility. I said it earlier this year in, “A Shocking 2011 Cover-Up.

…We’re also less than 2 months away from the US elections. I have a strong feeling Obama will stay in power; if the market continues to rise for the next few months leading up to the election, he will.”

It’s now a year later and the market has continued to climb since that letter and Obama is still president.

I am not revisiting that letter to tell you that my predictions came true; I am revisiting it for one very specific reason: The threat of war.

The War the Government Doesn’t Want Exposed

Take a look at the underlined bullet points above and you will see an astoundingly shocking chain of intertwined events all related to currency and energy.

Currency manipulation allows developed countries to print and lend to other developing countries at will.

A rich nation might go into a developing nation and lend them millions of dollars to build bridges, schools, housing, and expand their military efforts. The rich nation convinces the developing nation that by borrowing money, their nation will grow and prosper.

However, these deals are often negotiated at a very specific and hefty cost; the lending nation might demand resources or military and political access. Of course, developing nations often take the loans, but never really have the chance to pay it back.

When the developing nations realize they can’t pay back the loans, they’re at the mercy of the lending nations.

The trick here is that the lending nations can print as much money as they want, and in turn, control the resources of developing nations. In other words, the loans come at a hefty cost to the borrower, but at no cost to the lender.

That is why energy is much more valuable than currency in a fiat system. That’s why many wars have been fought over the control of energy.

The current conflict in Syria is no different.

Let me rephrase that so I don’t get into trouble: Yes, there is a serious civil conflict in Syria that is not about energy.

But Russian and American involvement in Syria is…

The Syrian Conflict

Russia, as you can see in the above timeline of underlined points, has been strategically positioning itself with energy rich nations – making allies by supplying arms and infusing cash to nations who can’t refuse.

For example, Bangladesh.

Via my uranium report:

“Earlier this year, Russia signed the long awaited nuclear power agreement, financing $500M for the supply of two 1000 Megawatt reactors with Bangladesh.

The deal was immediately followed days later by a major arms purchase agreement worth a billion dollars for the delivery of armored vehicles and infantry weapons, air defense systems and Mi-17 transport helicopters.”

Russia is already the dominant energy powerhouse in Europe, supplying and controlling nearly 40% of total gas imports to Europe.

Russia’s energy dominance in the Eastern Hemisphere has allowed the nation to amass fortunes; fortunes used to continue its energy dominance through resource acquisitions and the buying of support from resource-rich allies.

Russia wants this dominance to continue.

That’s why it needs to maintain control over Syria.

Syria: The Perfect Target

Syria is bordered by Turkey to its north, Lebanon to the west, Israel to the southwest, Jordan to the south, and Iraq to the east.


Syria’s location puts it smack in the middle of Qatar and Turkey; a perfect crossroads for a natural gas pipeline that could make Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquid natural gas (LNG), a strong supplier of gas to Europe.

A gas pipeline from Qatar to Turkey means will Russia lose its dominance and control over energy supplied to Europe; thus Russia will lose lots of money and power.

Of course, Qatar interests want to supply Europe with gas because it will make them a lot of money.

That’s where the Nabucco-West pipeline comes in…

The Nabucco-West pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline from the Turkish-Bulgarian border to Austria. It is a modification of the original Nabucco Pipeline project, which was to run from Erzurum in Turkey to Baumgarten an der March in Austria.


The aim of the Nabucco pipeline is to diversify the natural gas suppliers and delivery routes for Europe; thus reducing European dependence on Russian energy.

The original project was backed by several European Union member states and by none other than the United States.

However, Nabucco’s future is far from assured, because its proponents have yet to reach agreements with gas suppliers. While there are other options, the most logical and economic solution would be a pipeline from the Middle East to Turkey, with gas supplied by Qatar.

And herein lies the conundrum…

In order for Qatar gas to reach Turkey, it has two options*:

One option would lead a pipeline from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq to Turkey.

The other would go through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and then to Turkey.

Saudi Arabia already said no to the first route because it wants to ensure that it gets a piece of the action and maintain control over the gas that goes through its region.

Of course, that means less profits and control for Qatar.

So that means option one won’t happen. Onto Syria.

*If you look at the map, you may be wondering why Qatar can’t go through Iran (not to be confused with Iraq). That’s because Iran and Qatar share the South Pars / North Dome field – the world’s largest gas field. In other words, Iran doesn’t need Qatar. As a matter of fact, if the proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline goes through, it would deal a major blow to Qatar.

Furthermore, it would deal a major blow to America, whose Washington’s strategy in south-west Asia since the Clinton administration has been to bypass, isolate and hurt Iran by all means necessary.Syria: The Russian Ally

Syria’s President Bashar Hafez al-Assad has long been Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally.

At the recent G20 summit this week, the media was shocked to hear Putin’s direct remarks regarding helping the Assad regime in Syria:

“Will we help Syria? Yes, we will. We’re doing it right now, we’re supplying arms.” – Vladimir Putin

Why everyone was so shocked to hear that is beyond me.

Russia has been helping Syria by supplying arms, fighter jets, tank parts, advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, long-range air defense missiles, military officers as advisers, diplomatic cover, and a boat load of cash, since the Syrian conflict began more than 2 years ago.

It’s no wonder why Assad said no to the second route; he’s obligated to help block the flow of natural gas out of the Persian Gulf into Europe to ensure that Russia remains in control of European energy.

It’s no wonder why Qatar has spent more than $3 billion supporting the rebels in dethroning Assad.

If Assad is forced out, Qatar could put in place a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline into Europe and give Qatar the ability to sell natural gas to Europe, undermining Russia.

Of course, the Saudis have also been helping the rebels because it too wants to control the flow of energy from the Persian Gulf to Europe.

There are even rumours that Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be ‘bribing’ US congressmen to approve war on Syria in order to dethrone Assad.

Via Presstv:

“American historian Webster Griffin Tarpley says that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are offering bribes to the US congressmen for a military strike against Syria.

“The Saudis and the Qataris are reported to be deploying huge amounts of money for bribery, bribery to the families and political and business interests of these members of congress,” Tarpley said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

“Hillary Clinton has received 500,000 dollars in jewelry from the king of Saudi Arabia and Hillary Clinton just came out for war,” he added.”

If Qatar or Saudi Arabia gains control of Syria, it would be a major blow to Russia.

American Involvement  

The U.S. wants to supply Europe with gas; this was made clear when it backed the Nabucco-West pipeline.

America reaffirmed its natural gas stance last year with Exxon and Qatar proposing a $10 billion U.S. energy export project.

The U.S. has the world’s largest supply of natural gas and it has boldly made plans to profit from supplying gas to Europe.

Combine that with the fact that Washington and Iran are direct enemies, and you can see why it is in America’s best interest to dethrone Assad.

Dethroning Assad will kill two birds with one stone; it will bypass Iran and loosen the control Russian energy has over Europe.

All of this means that the U.S. and its energy allies, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, will do whatever they can to remove Assad and implement their pipeline wishes.

Russia, on the other hand, wants Assad to stay in power so that a new pipeline from the Middle East to Turkey will not undermine Russia’s profits.

To read more details on this, a great article was published in the Guardian this week. Also, to get a better scope of the whole pipeline war, Aljazeera published a great article last year. You can find it by clicking here.

I suggest reading both articles thoroughly.

Do you think the war in Syria is about Energy?

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What to Expect

If U.S. strikes Syria, the conflict could blow up into a full-scale war very quickly, likely with American soldiers on Syrian soil – despite promises that there will be no American boots on the ground in Syria.

After all, military air strikes alone can’t win wars.

No one can be certain of the outcome in Syria – which means no one can be sure of the outcome of oil and gas prices.

My investment philosophy has always been very simple: Focus on what we know, not what we don’t.

We don’t know what’s going to happen in Syria, which means we don’t know what’s going to happen to oil and gas prices.

But we do know one thing is for certain: By the end of this year, the HEU program is over.

Those of you who don’t know what the HEU program is, please read my report:

An Explosive Opportunity: Uranium

The end of the program means America will be buying much of its uranium at prices likely set by Russia.

Remember, more than 40% of U.S. uranium imports come from Rus­sia, or from locations under the influence of Russia.

Go back to my letter, “An Explosive Opportunity” to understand more.

Given the conflict escalation in Syria between Russia and the U.S., do you think Russia is going to give leniency by supplying America with lower uranium prices one the HEU agreement is over at the end of this year?

That was a rhetorical question.

That is why I like the uranium space so much.

That is also why I like Uranerz Energy Corp. (TSX: URZ)(NYSE MKT: URZ).

Uranerz Energy is set to move into production around the same time the HEU contract is up.

Uranerz just announced it has closed a $10 million financing – which has put a temporary damper on its share price. But this was expected.

In my report, I mentioned that there would be financing and dilution risks, but once financing is in place and production starts, the risks of dilution may be removed:

“…I believe that production start and growth will significantly outweigh the risks of current dilution. As a result, the current overhang on Uranerz shares – which I believe is due to financial risk – may be removed.”

Uranerz still needs more money, but a $20 million loan under the State of Wyoming’s Industrial Development Revenue Bond program is expected to close over the next month or so; I believe this is the biggest reason for Uranerz’s current share price overhang, but it may also be a great catalyst if the loan closes.

Uranerz is now trading well-below both its 50 and 200-day moving average, and the RSI indicator is now at 32. 79. From a technical standpoint, it shows that Uranerz may not only be oversold but may be looking for a bounce back. However, given the recent $10 million bought deal financing, we may see some more pressure.

Mark my words: unless there is another Fukushima event, I expect uranium prices to soar in 2014.

I have purchased shares in Uranerz after my initial report, and I am not looking to sell anytime soon.

Until next time,

Ivan Lo
The Equedia Letter

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  1. Candice Watts Reply

    Another American intervention. america should not be in Syria. all of these people dying so that first world countries can keep their beers cold in the fridge.

    Very sad

  2. Peter G Reply

    Does any one even know the media’s reason for the Syria conflict? Ie. does anyone know, other than for oil, why there is even a civil war conflict in Syria?

  3. Rob56 Reply

    This all boils down to LNG and the Strait or Hormuz. Now controlled by Iran. Syria is a means to get to Iran to protect US interests in the strait. Hence the threat by Iran if we attack Syria they will attack Israel and bingo the start of the next world war.

    • Frankeey Reply

      Yup. The whole thing is a lot more than just Syria. But to explain the whole process would be like explaining the last 20 years of politics.

      War is bound to happen.

      • Lee Reply

        I just 1% of the population would take the time to take a few moments of time and consciously send the vibration energy of LOVE not war.(no special instruction as your heart knows how (bottom left of the heart there is an emotion center, just pay attention to it when it happens so you know where it is) War will not happen
        There is earth Grid and this Grid (matrix) can be accessed by thought form or prayer if you wish..
        A lot of us have come to understand that black or white don’t exist and are simply perceptions on the physical realm.


  4. AndyB Reply

    The problem with your recommendation re uranium is that once the REAL truth comes out about Fukushima, no one will be interested in uranium. Fukushima’s uncontrollable and unstoppable radiation will, at best, kill only billions, and at worst, will destroy the planet.

  5. Grant Smith Reply

    You are quite obviously desperately trying to `push` uranium to cover an insanely stupid, bad bet in Uranerz. Nuclear power is incredibly dangerous and incredibly expensive(How much does it cost to build and then decommission a nuclear plant?). And, of course, there is no way to safely deal with the waste products. Fukushima is the final nail in the coffin of nuclear power.

    • admin Reply

      Andy and Grant,

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

      Until I see China, France, and most importantly the U.S. decommission their nuclear plants, my views remain unchanged.

      I am not pro-nuclear, nor am I against it.

      I am simply calculating supply and demand fundamentals in a market that is not easily manipulated via paper trading.

      As far as danger, there are more people dying mining for metals and coal then there are people dying from uranium.

      People also forget that Fukushima was a result of a natural disaster, not because the plant itself wasn’t safe.

      Should Japan have built better security measures, knowing they are susceptible to earthquakes? Yes. But I blame that on Japan’s lack of oversight; not on the dangers of nuclear power itself.

      This is the world we live in. There are pros and cons to many things. More people die driving cars, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes. But that doesn’t stop human civilization from doing any of those things.

      As far as Uranerz, let’s see what happens next year; too many people have become day traders and forget that real investments take time, because it takes time for companies to grow.

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

  6. Michael Pyles Reply

    When do the economic interests of country (US) trump those of a few tea party conservative demagogues living in rural Virgina? The largest uranium reserves in North America have been held hostage long enough!!

  7. lino tavares Reply

    Every 90yrs or so a currency plateau seems to happen. This is due to the inflationary causes of printing money out of thin air. Currently depletion of the US dollars is about 90% I hear. Thus is planned by the Fed’s. The depletion of the US dollar will happen unless all debts are written off.(1930) Wars are planted such as Syria , just like the US Sept 11..Foreign policy is just a means of a society survival. Very selfish act indeed. The reason US and not the “United States of America” enforces foreign policy is for the citizens societal survival ? Guess again, as I see it is more for the Hungry elite and as far as its citizens can go hungry is a means of wealth control and depletion.
    International Law does not permit countries to take over otherS yet it seems a norm now a days. We the people need to learn to say No to these politics of commerce as earth has only one society, its people. Learn to share the wealth with all and no wars. This will happen when the majority of folks are awakened and say NO MORE.

    Uranium has been dormant for a few years now and sooner than later the buying should take place.

    There are other forms of energies available for each country to freely utilize. Why do we have to kill more humans in a act of war.US army will have to step foot in Syria for sure. This is not what the majority wants but the few elite do this all the time .(WHAT IS THE UNITED NATIONS FOR ?, IT HAS NO CONTROL , THE BIG BOYS CLUB DECIDES ALL THE TIME ) FIRE THEM ALL.) Take over smaller richer countries based on their resources, Print free money and ENSLAVED them, for now they own their Land and resource assets. They don’t really care. and with the depletion of wealth in the US/EUROPE the TARGET will be undeveloped rich resource countries where the printing of money is unlimited for the next 90 years or so. LEARN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE ALSO FOR YOUR OWN financial SURVIVAL.
    is to have each country having their printing machine and fire the Fed private organization (wealth depletion )
    Why are we paying these guys to then turn around and finance wars to print more money. one word only for this (ENSALVEMENT) from the beginning of time ..


  8. Roger Davison Reply

    It would seem that Stupidity rules the World. I wonder how old the majority of those commenting are- I am 92 and was an air crew member of the RAF in WWII. That one did seem to make some sense considering the arch lunatic starting it-but like most Wars it finally made little sense. The bad guys seem to have done much better than the good guys and things have gone from bad to worse since. Rule Britannia-?????
    We seem to have a lot of educated idiots running things-ie economists and politicians and lawyers and very few people with any common sense.
    I can remember when gold and silver coins were in everyday use and things made a lot more sense than they do today. You could even understand the words of songs and remember and hum the tunes. Some of the modern ‘musicians’ would have been sent away for hearing problems or worse.
    Are we sure that global warming is a man made problem and not just another display of Mother Nature’s power to change things. This is a carbon based planet-carbo-hydrates = food & hydro -carbons = fuel. Plants love CO2-just take a look at trees these days and crop yields. There are several billion humans all breathing the stuff out all the time. Are we going to put a carbon tax on them?-or ration their breathing account?? HOW about controlling their numbers?
    We have much better things to think about than starting more one-sided conflicts that only injure people with absolutely no influence on anything.
    All I can say now is “Good Luck World1”

  9. Dabo Reply

    He has shares with Uranez so he wanted you to buy more to push the price up. LOL.

  10. Pascal Reply

    I am not sure I understand why you say that option one for the Nabucco pipeline won’t happen because Saudi Arabia wants the control of the LNG going through its land. The option two you mentioned that is likely to happen also involves Saudi Arabia…

  11. Pol Albarico Reply

    You mean the war in Syria is purely on economic side? Who fuels up the chaos then? It’s freedom ! We are bored of dynastic mandate from one offspring to another when people are suffering and the dynasty of few getting rich from one’s suffering. Bashar Al-Assad is one, and Kim Jung Un of North Korea is another.
    US gains more in having war than having peace. Patriot Missile was used in Iraq war. Since then numerous nations placed orders of that missile – Taiwan, Israel. South Korea, to name a few. Isn’t it it’s business?

  12. Pol Albarico Reply

    United Nation serves the interest of only 5 nations: US, Russia, China, UK & France. If one vetoes, no matter how good the resolution is, it ended up to nothing, when it goes against their interest. Why not remove this veto power by these giant nations? why not let the Security Council or the entire UN Members vote for such resolution? The Majority vote wins. That should how the democracy works. UN is only good to humanitarian aspects, like calamities and natural disasters. But politically speaking, UN is a tool for those nations who have veto power to serve their own interest.

  13. Yuli Wahono Reply

    every war spent huge money, so the returns has to be much bigger. so the economic concern is the main issue. middle east is the land of prophets which rich with oil and gas.

  14. GopalB Reply

    lots of Bull@#$%

  15. bill Reply

    The more the Christian anglo saxon US bureaucrats in DC try to influence muslim middle east the more violent the ultimate muslim backlash. Imagine if Syria decided US trade to South America was not in the best interests of Syria and threatened air strikes on DC to take out current US president.
    My long term advice, US stay out. US is not wealthy enough to wage war across the pacific or atlantic without Russian or Chinese support.

  16. tekni Reply

    The US/CIA rules the worlds resources and will destroy those who threaten USA domination of them. Time the rest of the world removed US Dollar domination by supporting and trading via the Euro.

    • BobHope Reply

      The Dollar and the Euro are too intertwined, wont happen.

  17. jase Reply

    Shale gas is the big game changer, USA have their already online, the uk’s come online next year, and lots to come in mainland Europe in 2015/16, any argument baesd on middle east and energy supplys is soon to be out of fashion, if not already

    • JOos Reply

      the UK doesn’t even have close to enough gas to supply Europe

    • David Fisher Reply

      not only a “game changer” but also an environment changer. for the worse.
      along with tar sands an absolute death nell for the planet

  18. David Fisher Reply

    “In order for Qatar gas to reach Turkey, it has two options*:

    One option would lead a pipeline from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq to Turkey.

    The other would go through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and then to Turkey.

    Saudi Arabia already said no to the first route because it wants to ensure that it gets a piece of the action.”

    I might have missed something (if so, I apologise) but it seems to me that both options include Saudi Arabia.
    Was that a misprint?
    If not I’m confused as to how SA is not getting “a piece of the action” in both options.

    • Greg N. Reply

      Because saudi has poor relations with Iraq, even if things have gotten better. Its all about control.

  19. Psycho Reply

    The United States has taken some nuclear warheads out and have then ready along with the bombers B-52.
    So… If you do not want to die a bade, hard, nuclear death get out of the middle east, get out of Russia and get out of the United States.

    Zechariah 14:12 – And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

    Matthew 24:6-7 – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

  20. Richwood7 Reply

    WOW another conspiracy nut!!! We are going to war over a pipeline when the world is flush with gas. Right, China is approved over 20 nuclear power plants and plans on 80+more. fracking is making gas plentiful throughout the world (doesn’t help with global warming). Sorry, to disppoint you but the USA didn’t fly the planes into the World Trade Center and Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin

    • Franklin008 Reply

      It’s called politics. You should learn about it.

      Richwood7 = another example of a zombie glued to the TV and Jersey Shore

  21. Lola Weingartner Reply

    Interesting article that describes what’s really going on in Syria. Syria’s problem can thus be summed up as “Global energy economics meets age-old medieval religious bigotry and hatred”. The Syrians had it in themselves to destroy their own country and murder their own kind, and energy provides the reason for international involvement. There’s not much we can do about the former situation: western involvement to try and ‘save these people from each other’ is pointless. The first part of the article displays a dodgy understanding of economics though – I don’t know where to start, but for one: QE in the US might make exports from poorer countries dearer, but it is primarily designed to stimulate the US economy. Stimulating the economy on its own will have some effect on demand for exports from these countries. The author would claim the first is the dominant effect, while ignoring the second reason all together. Given the second reason (stimulating the US economy) is the prime purpose of QE, the economics reasoning in the article is shoddy.

  22. ureyrey Reply

    Very interesting article. But I found something to be a bit inconsistent and confusing. The options 1, and 2 for pipelines both run through Saudi Arabia. How is it the Saudis are against option1, but option2 is not viable only because of Syrian rejection (implying the Saudis are okay with option2).


    • admin Reply

      Saudi Arabia and Iraq have very poor relations and Option 1 means the pipeline will have to go through a country that is not on good terms with the Arabs, leading to less control.

      • ureyrey Reply

        thanks for the clarity. so either way it’s less control and profits for the Qatari’s. Still better than nothing !

  23. Ludmila C Reply

    Very nice article indeed. It helps so many confused people how to understand the complexities of these politics of war, mainly those done by the gulf vampires and the satanic neighbour of poor Syria.

  24. Ricardo John C. Borlaza Reply

    All these events will END when America will no longer be a World Power (both economically and militarily) to contend with.

    The Balance of Power is shifting to the East. We can now see the Emergence of a Powerful Eastern Countries rising nowadays, in terms of Military and Economic Might.

    The strengthening of ties between two (2) big countries (China and Russia) will also form PART of the GREAT SCENARIOS that will ultimately lead to the FINAL END.

  25. Adrian May Reply

    Of course, nobody funds people to kill each other without a business case, and since the Berlin Wall fell, the business case was usually about gas pipelines. Syria is no exception.

    But I think the details are slightly different from what you describe. Your logic about Saudi and Qatar is self evidently flawed in several ways. The real deal is that that Allies of Energy don’t want the Axis of Energy anywhere in their supply chain. Iran is obviously ruled out, but Iraq is heavily influenced by Iran on account of 60% of them being prepared to castrate themselves if ordered to do so by Ayatollah Sistani. Iraq also stunned everybody during their infancy by playing hardball over the drilling contracts. Jordan is kocher so Syria just needs to be “Karzaized”, not as if that worked in Afghanistan.

    You also overlook the connection with Egypt and Libya, both of which have vast gas supplies which would like to avoid a detour through Iraq. That gas can also swim to Italy and it’s pretty much blocked from Axisland, so whatever happens in Syria, we can expect the resurgent Mubarakists to keep sweet with the Allies.

    I see the currency thing as irrelevant and the fears of an all out war unfounded as yet. The war is being fought right now using gas taps.

  26. Flying Reply

    IMHO…. yes we can say the middle-east conflict is not far from oil or other hydrocarbon as the region had it since decades ago… but to break down the conflict as it happened now in daily Syrian, it is not simplicity we abstract by seeing the pipeline routes over the region, or who has the control, who are the buyers and so on.. i involved in some conflicts analysis on resources and society, to look it more comprehensively… the hydrocarbon and its support analysis only help us to see the macro level but failure to explain the micro level of conflict…

    you can use galtung’s theory, iceberg, union model and so on…we have to combine all the prespective and model of analysis we have..such as..what does the cause sectarian conflict excalate ? why the rebels can not unity in one movement ? and so on…

    if we assumed the trigger had been pulled by some actors, the conflict now is far-reaching that we imagine and that the question will answer why the civil conflict takes time so long so far…

    the last.. the hydrocarbon or mineral cause conflicts is an old-same analysis, and we know the answers (Saudi backed by US, Syria-Russia and so on) it’s like a general encyclopedia…i admit that determined factor but not the only one…


  27. Dean Conrad Reply

    Your arguments are interesting and historical, BUT you overlook developments that will change how the world creates energy. Natural gas, coal and oil will be supplanted by the use of solar, wind, tidal energy and others as our main source of energy, as well as currently unknown developments of outer space teynologies that have yet to be discovered.. I commend your arguments, but the reality is different than you forecast.

  28. Me Reply

    Wow. You are supremely stupid

    Well done

  29. Cyril Mahachi Reply

    Ivan Lo is certainly correct to say the Syrian war does have external players heavily involved and influencing its outcome. However there are other underlying factors at play whose importance is far more influencing than that of controlling the gas pipeline.
    First lets look at the fighting groups. The Free Syrian Army (multiple sects of Islam) and the Alawites (Al Assad and buddies). the Shi’ite Muslims are the majority and once upon a time had been in power until Al Asad’s late further took the country during a coup. The Alawites were a minority and still are even though they have most of the power. Pre- the first Al Asad rule, the Alawites were outcasts because the Shi’ite Muslims considered them none believers. Alawites interpret some of the core Muslim beliefs as symbolic rather than perceive it as true doctrin to which one abides by unquestionably. On one occasion an Imam (whose name skips now) denounced Alawites and called them worse than the Israel. You already know how Syrians feel about Israel and you can also imagine what happened next…..lots of atrocities against the Alawites. Finally when the Alawites did get power, they held on too it dearly and for good reason. In the process, they enriched each other etc and caused a socio-economic imbalance that helped start this civil war.
    Now knowing what happened in the past, Al Assad will not abscond power in fear of retaliation which is most likely to happen against him and the Alawites. The Free Syrian Army will not stop fighting because they fear once all calms down and Assad remains in power, he will retaliate and make sure an uprising never happens again (Both uprising and retaliation are most likely to happen…..should Assad stay in power). This ultimately and sadly looks and feels like it will be a very long war. I am sure at some point both sides will get tired of the sight of war and will wearily sit down and talk peace.
    Now come forth the players that Ivan Lo mentioned. Whether in times of war or in times of peace nations still have their own interests to protect and here comes Russia, US, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Iran……the usual suspects capitalizing on the imbalance. If the had been no war, the efforts to control the pipeline would have been a political fight involving technical consulting fees (bribes) among other things. Now that there is a war, these countries have no option other than to adjust to the new situation and support the side that with their interests. Unfortunately this prolongs the war and causes more suffering. To say it started off as a proxy war between Russia, US, Iran, Saudi etc would be incorrect as the nations named above are just reacting. Am I justifying their actions? Absolutely not, they have an option to end it….they can back both fighting sides into a corner and have a resolution. However of the available resolutions, its either one side will lose [US, Britain, Saudi etc]…….. [Iran, Russia, Syria, China]. How does China come into play…read this and pay attention to the Russian/Chinese partnerships ( As it stands right now, none of the sides are willing to cave in yet so we are going to see more drama on Syria. Personally I think Syria is the most complex and difficult situation in the history of mankind’s conflicts. There seems to be so much at stake, too many players and new interests that are generate every day……I didn’t even get to the part of Israel.

  30. L Grapentine Reply

    We can sell all of our gas we want to Europe without getting involved in a war. That is the way to go. We could probably even negotiate an agreement for the uranium based upon our agreement not to get involved in the middle east. I can’t believe O would do this so Clinton could pocket $500K. So are we doing it to ingratiate ourselves with the Islamists? With Qatar? What is really going on?

  31. L Grapentine Reply

    Dean, your comments regarding solar, wind, tidal, etc are unrealistic; none of these things make economic sense, nor will they any time soon. Helium three is closer, but even that is fifteen years away. Lola might have backed into the real answer; everyone who understands him realizes he does not want to stimulate the US economy, so a war in Syria might accomplish three birds with one stone. He distracts the voters, sets up vigorous competition for the European gas market, and jacks up uranium prices in the US, while simultaneously suppressing gas prices and slowing the fossil fuel industry. Of course, he would have to arrange to lose the war in the end, but he is quite practiced in that area, so it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

  32. L Grapentine Reply

    Richwood, the world is NOT flush with gas, and fracking is not viable in most of it. The US IS flush with gas, but it has to be exported, and last I heard, only one company had a license to do so, and that company was still working on its infrastructure. And, of course, the shipping capability is not yet complete either. Still, with the proper approvals and moving on schedule, we are probably as close as anyone to getting into the European gas market.

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