Friday, March 19, 2010

The media gives you 'rogue marines' rather then geopolitics of pipelines and energy resource control

Interesting article here.
Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?
See how that title sets the parameters for your thinking?
It gives you, your either/or- way to think. And don't you even consider anything else!
Clever distraction and an attempt to mislead? Absolutley.

What if the marines have not gone rogue and are not fighting a counterinsurgency.
Dismiss that nonsense and the reality will fall into place.

The Marines are very busy in Delaram, in the Nimruz province of Afghanistan.
Just, all sorts of activity.
Building, a vast base on the outskirts of town that will have two airstrips, an advanced combat hospital, a post office, a large convenience store and rows of housing trailers.
All this in ' uninhabited desert' in an area described as "the end of the Earth."
Well, we can dismiss the counterinsurgency. Nothing and no one to fight in uninhabited desert at the end of the earth.
Marines gone rogue? In the middle of nowhere? That makes no sense either.

So what is all the hustle and bustle about in Delaram, in the Nimruz province?
US Marine Commanders say "They see controlling this corner of remote Nimruz province as essential to promoting economic development" Economic Development?
Of what? For Whom?

This is where a map will come in handy.


You can see where Delaram is located.
In the middle of nowhere but, vital for economic development?

Now for another map


Click on that one, at the originating article Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war to enlarge the image. This article, from 2008, is about the TAPI pipeline.


Energy economist John Foster says the pipeline is part of a wider struggle by the United States to counter the influence of Russia and Iran over energy trade in the region."

The so-called Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline has strong support from Washington because the U.S. government is eager to block a competing pipeline that would bring gas to Pakistan and India from Iran.

The pipeline proposal goes back to the 1990s, when the Taliban government held talks with California-based Unocal Corp. – and its U.S. government backer – while considering a competing bid by Argentina's Bridas Corp.(recall that, prior to the convenient and timely 9/11 attacks, the justification to invade Afghanistan?)

"There is a “historic opportunity … of having an open Afghanistan that can act as a conduit for energy, ideas, people, trade, goods from Central Asia and other places down to the Arabian Sea.”

And consider this, when thinking about the urge to attack Iran

“From the U.S. viewpoint, the idea of blocking Iran is of paramount significance,” he said.

And finally- "the project is seen as a key part of Afghanistan's strategic development plan, which Canada and its NATO partners have endorsed as critical to establishing its political stability"

If you put the two maps together, it looks to me as if the pipeline, the TAPI pipeline crosses very near to the brand new huge base at Delaram, that we are supposed to believe is being built by soldiers who have either gone rogue or are fighting a non-existent bunch of insurgents.
Suure!

One more point to make- when you go to the article and click on the picture there is an interesting little heading above it, just a little blurb.

The natural gas pipeline is slated to run through Afghanistan and into the 'volatile Baluchistan region' of Pakistan, of course, made all the more volatile by US drones and bombs.

Clearing people for pipelines is a dirty business

6 comments:

  1. I don't really believe that the mission in Afghanistan is to link up resources between the East and the West over there. I think its part of it, and I think there are some other natural resources in Afghanistan that may have our interests as well other than drugs). But these costs are too front loaded and require huge investments up front. A pipeline is not cheap. Its also a gamble putting our corporations near the Chinese and Russians. It may be a way of getting a war started with the Chinese and Russians.

    There are also likely many hidden reserves of natural gas and oil over in that part of the world, just as there are here in coal and oil. We don't need natural gas, we have lots of coal and oil (which is not bad for the environment when used effciently)

    These aspects provide convenient explanations for people that are establishment apologists and believe they will be seeing profit from this pipeline.

    But, the main purpose of the war is to access the heroine in Afghanistan, this is obvious from the dollars involved in that trade and in the timing of the war. We went in months after the Taliban started burning opium crops and now the opium export is well over its initial peak of 400 billion USD before the war. It went down to 25 billion after Taliban burned 90 % of the crops back in July 2001. It quickly went back up after our invasion.

    A strong central location that can defend the heroine trade may be whats necessary.

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  2. Doug, I am with you on that, the afghanistan mission has many angles...

    And linking resources is definitely one aspect of the afghanistan agenda.

    THen there are multiple angles to the linking of resources.

    who gets the resources?
    Who does NOT get the resources?

    "But these costs are too front loaded and require huge investments up front"

    and that is where taxpayers come into the picture. Where the 'war on terror' justifies the expenditures, while corporations reap the benefits.

    "Its also a gamble putting our corporations near the Chinese and Russians."

    Not so much. Corporations are already engaged in business with both China and Russia.

    The only real issue is the safety of the soldiers, how many will die for the political agenda.
    And the ptb don't worry about that.

    "But, the main purpose of the war is to access the heroine in Afghanistan"

    most definitely one of the multitudes of reasons.


    What is utter nonsense is for the media to give readers a story line of rogue marines.
    Which is so far from reality....
    as is intended.

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  3. I agree with Doug - the pipelines/resource angle is a front of sorts . . . has some truth to it, but not too much. I go further in my opinion, in that I also think that the drug trade money (which is just as easy to get from Columbia, central america, even north africa) is a bit of an easy excuse and not the main reason.

    They are all minor reasons, but the plan is a many-layered one, with one end in sight: a global war concerning all nations, specifically including China and Russia, that will throw the world's resources into total disarray. This would eventually bring about a one world gov't, and prepare ultimate control of all resources, providing all the reasons to be enslaved by the price of oil, gas, and for many, water.

    The conspiracy, I feel, has these many other fronts to deflect people looking into the matter such as ourselves if we had power or connections . . . and that's the way it's always been. Iraq? Ph yeah, we know how bad the Us was now, just after their resources, the greedy buggers . . . or going deeper into the rabit hole, it was them stopping the Iraqis from trading oil not in american dollars . . . or the Us is attacking Iran in the near future for resources/new oil burse/hate of muslims. Take your pick, they are all mild ruses meant to capture our imagnation as reasons why the gov't has been corrupted . . .

    . . . as if it was at one time not corrupt, or that it ever served the people.

    We have to start thinking in far, far more nefarious terms . . . the people in power we are investigating are very devious, as evil as can be, and are holding many cards that we cannot possible see. To suppose that complicated multi-layered conquests and military build-ups and propaganda campaigns are only aimed at either drug money to fund illicit operations, or to get at resources, would be two dimensional and near-sighted of us.

    But that's just my humble opinion.

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  4. slozo:

    I touched on that a bit, from the resources we get the
    who get's them and who doesn't
    or the global control
    but the ability to control has to be in place first.
    This is where the pipelines and bases built along them come into play.

    I also forgot to mention, the banks, which profit immensely from the interest all around.
    As countries go deeper into debt more interest will be paid, and then the banks also benefit from the drug trade.

    Way, way back I put up a post mentioning that the banks had been propped up throught out the global crisis by drug money, that washed throught them.

    In every way, the banks are at the top of the heap.

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  5. "We have to start thinking in far, far more nefarious terms . . . the people in power we are investigating are very devious, as evil as can be, and are holding many cards that we cannot possible see. To suppose that complicated multi-layered conquests and military build-ups and propaganda campaigns are only aimed at either drug money to fund illicit operations, or to get at resources, would be two dimensional and near-sighted of us."

    My reading into technology and society really suggests that there is another reason for all of what we see - that is technology is incompatible with human morality. Technology itself could be called "nefarious" in that it has no morals and is taking over society.

    I was fortunate to find a copy of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in the used bookstore the other day ($4.00- perfect condition). This book predicts the same thing and is essentially an allegory for science in society although Shelley was only 19 when she wrote it. The book has a great deal more depth than she intended and is quite different than the movies. I started reading in last night - it seems to be a really good book.

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  6. hey doug;

    I have been thinking about humanity and technology...
    I think I've said several times we have to watch out and be aware of the technological intrusions on our humanity...

    I think that ptb's would like nothing better then to see us devoid of humanity and empathy and emotion.

    The have been definitely been working at that for some time via the educational system.

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