Silence of the Lambs-Refugees, EU and Syrian Energy Wars
by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:
One of the most bizarre phenomena in a very bizarre situation over the past year or longer is the refusal of any leading European Union political figure to openly discuss the reality behind the catastrophic social disruption being caused by the crisis from the influx of more than one million war refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The EU debate on refugees, because of this silence, or refusal to talk about real causes and possible remedies, is leading to completely absurd statements by political veterans who know far better. It’s also feeding energy wars around the world, a good development not.
The refugees are a consequence of war. The war is a consequence of the decision by certain oil and military interests in NATO to retake or take new control of the world energy markets in oil and now, natural gas. As well, the war is a consequence of the reactions of other nations, including China and Russia and Iran, to the attempt by the United States and other Western countries to control global energy flows. Additionally and related, there is the reaction of extremist neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine, following a US-backed coup in 2014, to join that energy war with EU support, on completely fabricated grounds.
As a result of EU leaders’ silence, a tragic drama is unfolding that brings eerie echoes of the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence of the Lambs.
A prime example of the idiocy having to be invented by serious politicians to justify their silence on the real issue at hand is a recent comment by German CDU Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.
Wolfgang Schäuble is a European politician who has endured more than most, and clearly thought more deeply than most on many issues of life. In many areas he is clearly not a shallow thinker. He guided Chancellor Helmut Kohl through the contentious and dangerous German reunification in 1990, a time when covert assassins’ acts eliminated two key German unification figures in the process, Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen and Treuhand head, Detlev Rohwedder, and clearly crippled Schäuble as well, though it was officially declared a “lone gunman.”
So what says Schäuble today regarding the most serious social crisis and disruption since the end of World War II in Germany?
In an interview with the German Zeit newspaper, opposing the idea that Europe can isolate itself from the flow of refugees from North Africa and the Arab Middle East, Schäuble declared, “That isolation is actually what would break us, would lead us into the degeneration of inbreeding. For us, Muslims in Germany enrich our openness, our diversity.” Then he added the following strange comment: “Just look at the third generation of Turks, precisely the women! This is indeed an enormous innovation potential!”
The last and, so far as I know, the only German politician to even point to the financial truth of who is behind creating the Islamic State or DAESH Said the truth and was promptly silenced. German Development Minister, Gerd Mueller, in a ZDF German national TV interview in August 2014, accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants: “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” Mueller was silenced by the Merkel coalition afterwards.
To further insure avoidance of any embarrassing comments that might point to the truth about whose money is financing terrorists in Syria and the Middle East, Angela Merkel recently fired her chief of the German BND intelligence, Gerhard Schindler, for an internal memo he allowed to be leaked to the press expressing grave concern about the role of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy in the growing terror conflicts in the Mideast and of the instability of Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Defense Minister and today de facto King under a father gravely ill with a reported form of dementia.
The EU silence over the reality of the situation today with Russia and with Ukraine is equally deafening, as much as the silence over the cause of the wars in the Middle East and Libya.
The impotent public silence of EU politicians when confronted in early 2014 with a verified telephone intercept in an insecure phone call between US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eastern European Affairs, Victoria Nuland and her Kiev Ambassador Pyatt. The two were caught on tape, discussing her planned choices for installing people in a post-Yanukovych regime, in which she told Pyatt regarding the preferences of the EU governments, “Fuck the EU!” The silence from every EU government then was an ominous and remarkable a sign of the growing silence of the lambs. As is the slavish obedience of EU governments, unanimously, to continue economic sanctions against Russia though the EU economies suffer greatly. Germany alone has lost some €120 billion in trade with Russia since the protests in Maidan Square at end of 2013.
The Taboo Reality
What is it that leads intelligent politicians such as Schäuble to babble nonsense about dangers of German inbreeding and the capabilities of third generation Turkish women? It’s not what the EU leaders say, but what the refuse to say, largely out of fear of US reprisal, that’s important here.
What Schäuble and Merkel, and others across the EU well know, but keep silent to their people about, is that since years the United States government, its CIA, State Department and Pentagon, along with key elements of the same in Great Britain, in France, in Erdogan’s Turkey, in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, have a Grand (or not-so-grand) Strategy. It involves a complete global reorganization of the control of most world oil and now natural gas.
The strategy is simple and goes back to the previously cited 1999 London speech by Dick Cheney as then-CEO of Halliburton, and even back to Cheney’s draft 1992 Defense Policy Guidance as US Defense Secretary, a strategy to insure no other nation or group of nations could in the future challenge America as sole superpower.
Central to this US strategy that Cheney seems to be the implementer for is not merely pre-emptive wars, but energy wars. They are energy wars, often masquerading as religious wars, to control–provide or deny–vital oil and increasingly, gas resources to the world’s nations. The Syria war initiated five years ago during the so-called Arab Spring– a series of US-steered regime changes that were promoted by State Secretary Hillary Clinton–is a central part of who will control the energy future, and therefore the economies, of the 28 nations of the European Union. That decision, in turn, would decide who dominates the world or not. For Cheney’s Washington friends it’s a life and death game.
EU Gas Prize
The EU is potentially the world’s largest future market for natural gas, as a result of their already adopted CO2 emission reduction goals. I won’t argue here the science or lack of science behind global warming. Relevant for the world energy markets is that it’s a legal fact that the member states have agreed to the following: By 2020 a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990; by 2030, at least 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990. All parties agree that the only presently feasible way to reach those targets is through massive substitution of natural gas for coal and oil. In Germany we must add Merkel’s post-Fukushima decision to phase out nuclear electricity. The EU gas market going forward is for world energy the Golden Fleece for gas suppliers such as Qatar not only.
Now enter Washington, stage far right.
Until the February, 2014 US coup d’état in Ukraine, Russia, using Soviet-era gas pipelines through Ukraine for the most part, was the major supply source for EU gas from the huge Russian gas fields. Washington’s goal was and is to break that link between Russia and the EU states via gas supply. The Obama Administration, guided by Nuland and Vice President Joe Biden, installed a vassal regime in Kiev and ordered their pawns to defy Russia’s Gazprom on payment for delivered gas in the billions. They ordered their vassals in Kiev to initiate a shooting war in the Russian-speaking Donbass in Eastern Ukraine bordering Russia. Kiev obeyed.
This provoked a strategic crisis in terms of the vital Russian Black Sea naval base, which was administratively since Soviet times, part of Ukraine, but historically Russian and Tatar. A referendum in which over 90% of citizens in Crimea voted to annex into Russia, was used as a pretext for Washington to arm-twist the EU into self-defeating economic sanctions against Russia. The sanctions went after key persons and companies in Russia’s oil and gas industry.
The escalating, engineered propaganda war from NATO and controlled EU mainstream media made it possible for the Brussels EU Commission to throw bureaucratic roadblocks to make a second major non-Ukraine gas pipeline, the South Stream, impossible.
Together with the newly completed Nord Stream undersea Russian pipeline from St. Petersburg Oblast to north Germany, South Stream would have eliminated the ability of Washington, via Ukraine, to blackmail or harm Gazprom. Bulgaria, the intended docking point for transmission into south east Europe and Italy, was pressured by Brussels to step out of the Gazprom South Stream and in December, 2014 Russia’s President Putin announced South Stream was dead.
Now in Syria, Bashar al Assad, and to a lesser degree, Shi’ite-dominated Iraq, stand as an obstacle to get US-controlled gas into those major EU markets.
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