Who Really Shot Down the Jetliner in Ukraine?
|July 25, 2014||Posted by Staff under War / Peace|
This 2014 excerpt of CounterPunch, Jly 9, is by Mike Whitney.
Russia provides 30 percent of the gas the EU uses every year. And Gazprom’s prices are competitive too, sometimes well-below market rates which has been the case for Ukraine for years.
Ukraine’s Parliament adopted .. a bill under which up to 49% of the country’s gas pipeline network could be sold to foreign investors. This could pave the way for US or EU companies, which have eyed Ukrainian gas transportation system over the last months. US companies will be in the right spot to gouge Moscow for every drop of natural gas that transits those pipelines.
All Putin has to do is sit-tight and he wins, mainly because the EU needs Moscow’s gas. If energy supplies are terminated or drastically reduced, prices will rise, the EU will slide back into recession, and Washington will take the blame. So Washington has a very small window to draw Putin into the fray, which is why we should expect another false flag incident on a much larger scale than the fire in Odessa. Washington is going to have to do something really big and make it look like it was Moscow’s doing. [One week later, a jetliner crashed in Ukraine, shot down by Russian rebels, the US Government immediately concluded.]
Does the US Government really go to these extremes to enable US oil companies to swell their profits?
The State Department applied a little muscle on Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and “voila”, Chevron and Exxon clinched the deal to build the TAPI pipeline. Who is going to protect that 1,000 mile pipeline through hostile Taliban-controlled Afghanistan? US military bases are conveniently located up an down the pipeline route. Coincidence?
From the Wall Street Journal: “Earlier this month, President Obama sent a letter to (Turkmenistan) President Berdimuhamedow emphasizing a common interest in Afghanistan and expressing Obama’s support for TAPI and his desire for a major U.S. firm to construct it.
In Iraq, oil production has surged to its highest level in over 30 years. Who’s raking in the profits? The oil giants: ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.
Ed. Notes: While it’s hard for us to know what happens behind closed doors, everyone can see that oil and war go hand in hand, not just in Ukraine, the Mideast, and South Asia, but also North Africa and Nigeria, with political violence in Venezuela and a war on the environment and against environmental defenders in the American states of Louisiana, Texas, and Alaska. There are so many good reasons to quit burning fossil fuels, besides war and pollution, such as huge inequality and hierarchy. And ironically, we have the peaceful and clean technologies to switch to — solar, batteries, fuel cells, etc plus conservation — but political and institutional hurdles are almost insurmountable. About all we can do is push for a truly free market.