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Why Syria?

by Jerry Robinson on August 27, 2013 · 16 comments

Why Syria? An Examination of the Iran-Iraq-Syria Pipeline

Why Syria?

As Western military forces congregate in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in anticipation of a “limited strike” on Syria, it is time to ask ourselves a simple question: Why?

by Jerry Robinson, FTMDaily.com Editor-in-Chief

FTMDAILY – In the summer of 2011, just weeks after civil war broke out in Syria, the Tehran Times released a report entitled, Iran, Iraq, Syria Sign Major Gas Pipeline Deal. The report provided details on how Iran planned to export its vast natural gas reserves to Europe through a pipeline that traversed both Iraq and Syria. This Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline would be the largest gas pipeline in the Middle East and would span from Iran’s gas-rich South Pars field to the Mediterranean coastline in Lebanon, via Iraq and Syria.

But the pipeline won’t stop there.


Listen to Jerry Robinson expose the real reasons behind the coming U.S. war in Syria

The agreement calls for the construction of an underwater pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea stretching from Lebanon to Greece to deliver Iranian gas to energy-hungry European nations.

The 6,000 kilometer pipeline, which has a massive price tag of $10 billion, will have an estimated capacity of 100-120 million cubic feet of gas per day, with a projected completion date sometime near 2018. As of this writing, the construction of this proposed pipeline has not begun and the question of who will finance the project has not been addressed. However, in July 2013, leaders from Syria, Iran, and Iraq met to sign a preliminary agreement on the pipeline with the hopes of finalizing the deal by the end of the year.

Like its Turkish neighbor, Syria’s geographic location on the Mediterranean Sea makes it an obvious export center for landlocked oil producers within the greater Middle East seeking to export their oil and gas reserves to European markets. For this reason, Syria’s strategic location, and its warm water port on the Mediterranean, have placed it near the center of a major effort by Western nations to pump cheap Middle East gas supplies to Europe and beyond.

Arab Gas PipelineSyria is already part of a Western-ordained gas pipeline that spans from Egypt to Homs. This pipeline, known as the Arab Gas Pipeline, was originally planned to continue traveling north of Homs up into Turkey. From there, it can be piped into Europe. The major players of this Western approved pipeline include Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among other Gulf nations.

Syrian President Assad has since rejected the Arab Gas Pipeline and has instead begun working closely with Iran on Iran’s proposed gas pipeline, dubbed the Islamic Pipeline. This proposed pipeline would obviously compete directly with the Arab Gas Pipeline and its goal of delivering Mideast natural gas to Europe.

Most Arabs view the Islamic Pipeline as a Shi’ite pipeline serving Shi’ite interests. After all, it originates in Shi’ite Iran, passes through Shi’ite Iraq, and flows into Shi’ite controlled Syria. Therefore, the Sunni-dominated Gulf nations have both an economic and to a lesser extent, a religious reason, for stopping the Islamic Pipeline from becoming a reality. So far, the Gulf nations have violently opposed Syria’s adoption of the Islamic Pipeline by arming opposition fighters within Syria in order to destabilize the nation. While the ultimate goal is to topple the Assad regime, these hopes appear to be diminishing as Assad remains strong and defiant in the face of recent opposition.

Despite his firm grip on power, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is opposed by many powerful actors within the Middle East, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda also strongly opposes the Assad government and has joined other rebel factions in an effort to overthrow Assad and to install a more Sunni-friendly (and perhaps more importantly, a Western-friendly) government.

Western Pressure is Mounting

This week, it appears that the long planned U.S.-led war in Syria may finally commence. For nearly two decades, Western nations have been plotting an overthrow of the Syrian government with the aim of replacing the hostile regime with a new “democratic” government that is friendly to Western interests in the region.

The official Western narrative against Syria goes something like this:

The Syrian government has abused basic human rights, maintains deep ties with rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea, and just recently launched a chemical weapons strike on hundreds of its own people. In addition to killing its own people, the Assad regime is serving to destabilize an already unstable Middle East. Assad must go…

According to most reports, the U.S., Britain, and France are preparing for a strike against numerous key targets within Syria this week.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is calling for war and has recalled Parliament this week to discuss a military response against Syria.

French President, Francois Hollande, has increased its support for the Syrian rebels and has said that France is “ready to punish” whoever was responsible for the recent chemical weapons attack.

The Arab League has blamed the chemical weapons attacks on the Syrian government and is calling for United Nations intervention.

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has said that the evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Syria is “undeniable.”

After providing the White House with “all options for all contingencies,” U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has stated that U.S. forces are “ready” to launch a strike against Syria.

Of course, all of this is mere propaganda, as the U.S. has long planned to topple Syria.

First, consider these words from U.S. General Wesley Clark. Clark, who is clearly a globalist, admitted that the U.S. had already made the decision to invade Syria as early as 2001.

Additionally, more damning evidence of the West’s intention to launch a pre-emptive strike on Syria was revealed in an explosive report released by the UK’s Daily Mail on January 2013. Below is a snippet of the report, which was entitled, U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’ :

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country. A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Here’s the text of the email, according to the report:

‘Phil… We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

‘We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. ‘They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

‘Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous.

Your opinion?

‘Kind regards, David.’

Below is an screenshot of the email. (Click it to enlarge)
Why Syria

(As an interesting side note, the Daily Mail yanked this story from their website just a few weeks ago, perhaps in anticipation of the recent chemical weapons strike. However, FTMDaily was able to locate the story through the use of archive.org.)

Of course, the U.S., France, and Britain are scolding the Syrian government for allegedly launching the chemical weapons strike against their own people. But so far, no evidence has emerged linking the Assad regime to a chemical weapons strike. Meanwhile, both the Syrian and Russian governments have blamed the Syrian rebels for launching the attack, calling it a false flag operation designed to be used as a pretext to war. So far, the only hard evidence that exists is the above email which shows intent on the part of the U.S., not Syria.

In addition to Russia, Iran has also firmly opposed intervention into Syria. Once you grasp the regional energy pipeline politics which dominate the region, Iran’s interests in Syria are obvious.

But what about Russia? Why are they choosing to side with Syria despite the massive propaganda push by the West? Russia’s economy is predominantly based upon its enormous energy supplies. Much of Europe is dependent upon Russian oil and gas, and this dependency is growing. Russia has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas. Which country has the second largest reserves? Iran.

Iran, however, is isolated with no current ability to export its vast energy supplies to Europe. Russia has its eye on the potential profits of bringing Iranian oil and gas online for Europe. For this reason, (among a myriad of others) it has sought to solidify its relations with Iran. Of course, the most direct route for moving Iran’s energy supplies to Europe is right through the heart of Iraq and into Syria. So, it appears that Russia’s alliance with Syria has less to do with Syria and much more to do with the Iranian gas that may soon flow into Syria.

In the end, these conflicts in the Middle East are all about controlling the flow of energy resources.



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Maat August 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

There was also the oldest seed store in the region which was located in Iraq, before the US Led invasion. That seed store was destroyed or ransacked by the coalition. Much of these same seeds from Iraq were also kept for safe keeping in Aleppo Syria. This area has been devastated. Just now you will be hearing of the food aid and revitalisation of agriculture in Syria. Seeds coming from the states, GMO SEEDS and food.

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Donald August 28, 2013 at 2:40 am

Look at that photograph, it’s Assad doctored to look like Hitler.

Here’s what’s always been a puzzle to me – Arabs do not share the cultural reference to Hitler as we do in the West.

So, why do Arabs suggest that their leader is like a European dictator, especially one that is perceive to share a common enemy in Israel? Arabs have enough of their own meglamanic dictators from history to comparet heir leaders too.

It’s as if a Western politician compared a political opponent to Saladdin – it would be practically meaningless to the majorty of the public.

What this whos of course is the Zionist hand at work.

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GZLives September 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

If that was true, then what was the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem doing sitting with Adolf Hitler as is seen here in this newsreel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSUEx1cKUlg

The sales of Mein Kampf continues to be a best seller throughout the Arab world … your comment just doesn’t hold water

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gary hicks September 3, 2013 at 2:52 am

The Grand Mufti was audiencing with Hitler for the same reasons that the right-wing of the Irish Republican Army and Quebecois and Afrikaner political leaders collaborated. they hated British domination and were not convinced that the United Front Against Fascism/Anti-Hitler Coalition would be a segue to post-colonial freedom following WW2.

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bluerock September 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

So I guess you’re jewish…or about to convert?

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poovizhi.arasan August 28, 2013 at 3:23 am

This has been long pending. Yugoslavia was the first to fall. Then came 9-11, then Afganistan, Iraq, Libya, maybe Syria and then the route to Iran. So the Al Queda is clearly a U S/ British creation. A few million lives could be sacrificed, so long as it is not that of the moneyed classes! The war for gas has just begun. it is not going to end that soon!

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DH August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

“Al Qaeda also strongly opposes the Assad government and has joined other rebel factions in an effort to overthrow Assad and to install a more Sunni-friendly (and perhaps more importantly, a Western-friendly) government.”

Huh? Al Qaeda wishes to install a more Western-friendly government in Syria?

This article makes no sense (of course, neither does U.S. foreign policy). If Assad is toppled, what will replace him is an Islamist theocracy which is at least as hostile to the West as Assad. Further, the U.S. public has no stomach (and rightly so) for the long drawn-out war that would be required to bring down the Syrian government. So, pointless “surgical strikes” is all that we’re going to see.

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Michael August 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

All because they’re too cheap to build a pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea?! The Britpipe between Norway and Britain is longer, and was built for under 2 billion Pounds!

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Vicki Bainard August 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Very interesting, Jerry…thanks so much for the information!

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Mona Hares August 29, 2013 at 2:27 am

What a mess… I don’t think Bashar El Assad care so much about sunni and shiira. There is many sunni in his closed circle…
Shame on leaders of countries willing always to take, take, take… and sell their OGM…
Giving is much healthy than taking: At least, they will sleep better…

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Roumani August 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm

This is one of the best articles i have read since the revolution propaganda started in Stria.
I can’t agree more that all what is written here is so true and to the heart of the whole problem
In Middle East. The best part was how they convinced arabs it’s a Sunni and Shiaa war and made
Sunni’s ally with Israel against Shiaa’s . They made them confused enough to stop attacking Israel
And make them ready to attack their own people. Really Arabs are the most stupid nation on Earth

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sim August 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

arabs clearly are the most stupid nation on earth…clearly

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Martin September 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The role of Russia is not clear for me in this line of reasoning. Europe depends on Russian gas and oil and yet Russia would be interested in letting a major competitor (Iran) to enter the European market? I don’t buy this. Unless the Russians have a way of controlling Iranian pipeline and making sure that it won’t be build too fast or harm their business too much…

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Ed September 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

Civilan – a person not in the armed services or the police force.
Terrorists are therefore, by definition, almost all civilians.
When “98% of drone casualties are civilians” That does not mean that 98% are “innocent”

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Adrian September 17, 2013 at 5:42 am

> The role of Russia is not clear for me

The Great Game is all about alliances like that. If you look at some gas maps, you’ll see that Russia and Iran together form a monopoly over several areas, so they both benefit by working together. For instance, Turkmenistan (a huge gas producer) is sandwiched between them. T.stan had the guts to build the pipeline under the Caspian and through the Caucasus (another big combat zone bordering both) to free up Russia’s dominance of the Euro market, but only a trickle is passing down that thing because of their continued pressure. T.stan could sell what it wanted if Russia and Iran didn’t always show up in a double act. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan won’t taunt either of them for the same geopolitical reasons. T and U being off limits scuppers anything like TAPI (even if Afghanistan could be stabilised) so together R and I can control Afghanistan in a way that neither could alone. If Russia made Syria buy gas for Europe from Iran instead of Amarabia, then Iran can return the favour by manipulating the other huge crossroads: Iraq. Interesting that the US didn’t have enough influence to keep Iraq out of that.

But what I’m dying to know is this: what happens when the US goes back to the pre-9/11 plan of being best buddies with the Taliban. Will they finally win a round?

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Thinking January 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Great Article, well thought out, and now, hopefully, obvious to EVERYONE that 911 was an inside job and that Bush/Tony Blair already had plans to invade Iraq BEFORE Bush was elected…even our so called military leaders appeared to be the last to know the nations that were already on a hot list for invasion under the guise of bringing democracy to them…ha, what a joke. We killed millions of innocent people, displaced millions more, and did not care one whit about bringing democracy. How can this nation live with itself? Who is leading this nation into immorality? Using this nation’s resources to slaughter for the elite’s; who is running the head of this beast?

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