George Georgiadis, PhD in Industrial Chemistry with a specialization in the Oil and Gas industry. Currently he is researching petroleum’s impact on the world’s economies. He is a part time lecturer of a private university in Cyprus and visiting research fellow of Huddersfield University. He has also delivered numerous professional training courses overseas both technical and business orientated
The Arab spring has its roots in Tunisia in 2011, following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation. His self-sacrifice sparked protests in Algeria in Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, & Morocco. The government of Tunisia was overthrown on 14 January 2011. Some of the other protests also led to the partition of Sudan and regime changes in Egypt Yemen as well as Libya[i] which may well be partitioned in the near future.
Syria was not immune to these protests and on 10 January, the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, gave a speech, in which he blamed the uprising on foreigners. Let’s examine the basis of this claim in his speech, by looking at the following published articles:
In a January 2012 article, Michel Chossudovsky[ii] characterized the Free Syrian Army as “a de facto paramilitary creation of NATO.”
Newly discovered documents[iii], on September 27th in 2003, a time when the British press was still “reporting the truth”, London’s Guardian[iv], published a detailed report of a 1957 Anglo-American assassination plot directed against the Syrian president, with a view to implementing “regime change”. Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA & SIS (MI6) plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours.
Striking similarity to today’s war on Syria!
The report said that once the necessary degree of fear had been created, frontier incidents and border clashes would be staged to provide a pretext for Iraqi and Jordanian military intervention. Syria had to be “made to appear as the sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments”. “CIA and SIS should use their capabilities in both the psychological and action fields to augment tension.” That meant operations in Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, taking the form of “sabotage, national conspiracies and various strong-arm activities” to be blamed on Damascus.
CIA and SIS called for funding of a “Free Syria Committee”, and the arming of “political factions with paramilitary or other actionist capabilities” in Syria. The plan would instigate internal uprisings, for instance by the Druze in the south, help to free political prisoners held in the Mezze prison, and stir up the Muslim Brotherhood in Damascus.
In 1957, it was “border clashes”. Today we have “government chemical weapons attacks against orphans”, which, despite whatever evidence Bellingcat[v] found on Facebook, have been completely debunked by actual experts.
Instead of the 1957 “Free Syria Committee”, today we have the “Free Syrian Army”.
The 1957 plan was implemented, because Syria’s Arab neighbours could not be persuaded to take action and an attack from Turkey alone was thought to be unacceptable.
Today it’s a different story because it’s acceptable for Turkey to take action unilaterally!
The question we should be asking is why do Britain and the US want a regime change in Syria. The map below will shed some light:
The proposed pipelines[vii] will allow gas from the Pars gas field[viii], (the largest gas field in the world) shared by Qatar and Iran to Europe where it’s so desperately needed. It’s clear from the picture why Syria is in favour of the Russian backed pipeline since the US in the 50’s planned Syria’s demise.
In 2011, Alain Juppé (France) and Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu came to a secret agreement[ix] to employ a terrorist organisation (Daesh) to force the creation of a Sunni state and a Kurdistan, both straddling Iraq and Syria. Their project is supported by Israël and the United Kingdom. Syria had already been divided by France and the United Kingdom during the San Remo Conference (1920). Before this division Syria included not only the present Syria, but also Palestine, Israël, Lebanon, Jordan, Sanjak of Alexandretta (Turkish Antioch), and part of Iraq. Alain Juppé and Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu’s project thus aims to continue this dismemberment.
Oil and politics and in particular pipeline politics, are inseparable.
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