Veritas et Libertas: The Syrian War

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”

Donald Trump

The war in Syria started way back in 1971 when President Nixon decided to no longer back US$ by the federal gold reserves, and print wast amounts of money to support the Vietnam War.

During the Falklands War, Argentina adopted the same practice, turning its currency into a worthless piece of paper.

However, that did not happen to US$, which held its value, because American think-tankers had a brilliant plan of retaining the value of their currency by convincing oil-producing countries to trade oil exclusively in US$.

Thanks to Kissinger’s successful negotiations with the leaders of major oil producing countries, oil commodities are now traded solely in US$, and for as long as there is a demand for oil, there is also a demand for US$, thus preserving the value of the American currency.

This strategy worked well for the USA and the rest of the world because stability in the US$ meant stability in the retail oil price and consequently the economic stability of every country in the world.

As the oil consumption increased, the US$ grew stronger, steadily increasing the value of the American currency, which caused recessions, such as the last one experienced between the years 2007 – 2009. The oil reached record prices, which in turn increased the value of the US$ and consequently, the American products become too expensive for the rest of world.

However, looking ahead into the future, the depletion of world’s oil reserves by 2070, represents a grave threat to the US$.

“BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, which will last 53.3 years at current rates of extraction. This figure is 1.1 percent higher than that of the previous year. In fact, during the past 10 years proven reserves have risen by 27 percent, or more than 350 billion barrels.”

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/BPs-Latest-Estimate-Says-Worlds-Oil-Will-Last-53.3-Years.html

If there is no oil available to trade in US$, it will bring an end to the American currency, economy, its capitalism and consequently destabilise the entire world.

Therefore, USA needs a new source of energy to keep its currency and economy alive, and obviously, there is plenty of liquefied natural gas around, with its largest reserves located in the Persian Gulf, stretching beneath the territorial waters of Iran and Qatar.

Following up on Saudi’s enrichment from oil, Qatar has undertaken substantial negotiations with neighbouring countries to allow the construction of the new gas pipeline stretching out to Europe through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.

“Qatar has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports from the world’s biggest gasfield after it finishes an ambitious programme to more than double its capacity to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG).”

https://www.thenational.ae/business/qatar-seeks-gas-pipeline-to-turkey-1.520795

However, President Assad had a different idea and he instantly became a dictator, immediately after he signed the Iran-Iraq-Syria deal.

“In 2009 – the same year former French foreign minister Dumas alleges the British began planning operations in Syria – Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets – albeit crucially bypassing Russia.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/aug/30/syria-chemical-attack-war-intervention-oil-gas-energy-pipelines

Instead of the Qatar pipeline, in late 2010 Assad signed an agreement with Iran and Iraq to construct a new gas pipeline that would supply Europe with gas extracted from Iran.

“More than a year ago, a $10 billion Pipelineistan deal was clinched between Iran, Iraq and Syria for a natural gas pipeline to be built by 2016 from Iran’s giant South Pars field, traversing Iraq and Syria, with a possible extension to Lebanon.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/201285133440424621.html

Obviously, the western countries, which wanted to be free from the energetic dependency from Russia, were furious that Assad signed an agreement with the Russian ally, Iran, and within three months BBC reported on the first democratic protests in Syria, demanding President Assad’s resignation.

In addition to the staged protests taking place in Syria, by December 2011, US troops pulled out Iraq to give way to ISIS, who had the following missions:

  • To fight against Assad’s forces;
  • Intercept Assad’s support from Iran: and
  • Prevent the construction of the Iranian gas pipeline through Iraq.

A genuine terrorist organisation that wants to destroy the USA, would have never purchased weapons and vehicles that are produced by their enemy. Instead, they would have purchased them from Russia.

However, ISIS was a unique kind of terrorist organisation, Islamic State organisation with a sole mission to undermine the efforts of the other Islamic State, Iran to construct its new gas pipeline.

Therefore, the enemies of Iran and its allies were the only ones who benefited from ISIS.

USA wanted the new energy resource from Qatar to be traded in US$ so that it could sustain the value of the US$ after oil reserves are depleted entirely.

On the other hand, by preventing the constructions of the Qatar gas pipeline, Russia also protected its future existence by securing its gas monopoly over Europe.

When two superpowers are fighting against each other to preserve their future economic existences, it usually leads into a world war.

Fortunately, USA pulled out of Syria, by having Donald as their President, and not Hillary. Hillary wanted Assad to go, and if she were to become the next, the Syrian war would have prolonged until Assad is removed, which required taking out Russia first.

Trump might be the worse American President ever, but our future generations will remember him, as the President, who pulled the USA out of Syria and averted the World War III.

 

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