Syria Is Another Proxy Oil War

via Ecowatch:

 

The fossil fuel industry’s business model is to externalize its costs by clawing in obscene subsidies and tax deductions—causing grave environmental costs, including toxic pollution and global warming. Among the other unassessed prices of the world’s addiction to oil are social chaos, war, terror, the refugee crisis overseas, and the loss of democracy and civil rights abroad and at home.

As we focus on the rise of ISIS and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology and focus on the more complex rationales of history and oil, which mostly point the finger of blame for terrorism back at the champions of militarism, imperialism and petroleum here on our own shores.

America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria—obscure to the American people yet well known to Syrians—sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic Jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIS. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware of this past, further interventions are likely to only compound the crisis. Moreover, our enemies delight in our ignorance.

As the New York Times reported in a Dec. 8, 2015 front page story, ISIS political leaders and strategic planners are working to provoke an American military intervention which, they know from experience, will flood their ranks with volunteer fighters, drown the voices of moderation and unify the Islamic world against America.

To understand this dynamic, we need to look at history from the Syrians’ perspective and particularly the seeds of the current conflict. Long before our 2003 occupation of Iraq triggered the Sunni uprising that has now morphed into the Islamic State, the CIA had nurtured violent Jihadism as a Cold War weapon and freighted U.S./Syrian relationships with toxic baggage.

2,597 views

Follow IWB on Facebook and Twitter


5 Responses

  1. Godzilla17 says:

    Excellent article. Puts everything happening in Middle East in perspective. Conflicts and interventions over control of oil and gas resources and conflicts over pipelines have destabilised the whole region and have had unintended consequences such as rise of ISIS. Thank God for those who tell us the truth.

  2. Harold Smith says:

    You don’t risk ending the world as we know it over a commodity (and what are they going to do, drink the oil?).
    This is a spiritual battle that’s predicted in the Bible.
    A Satanic cult of devil-worshiping madmen (first best of Rev 13) is making its final move on the world, to set up Satan’s kingdom on Earth as per Isaiah 14:13,14. And mighty Russia is resisting.
    I believe that the beast’s “hammer”, “Mystery Babylon” is about to get its long-deserved comeuppance (Jeremiah 50:21).

  3. miro says:

    Translation: Robert Kennedy Jr is owned outright by Israel who commissioned him to direct you elsewhere. The fact that the average American could be so brainwashed as to consider the stating of that fact ” antisemitic”, shows that the bad guys have won. The conditioning is so intense, it takes those few who shake it off years to do so.

  4. suezz says:

    But just think of all the good that all the oil boyz have brought to the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one × 5 =