On Syria, Turkey, etc.: You don't think the US invaded Iraq because of the oil? Wrong!

Baghdad signed long-term contracts between late 2008 and early 2010 with oil groups including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Total of France, Lukoil of Russia and CNPC of China to develop a dozen gigantic fields in southern Iraq.

via Iraq's oil output overtakes Iran's - The Washington Post.

You give as your reason that China was allowed in.

By way of background, Iraq issued its first round of licenses to exploit oil fields in the post-Saddam era in 2009. The most lucrative of the oil fields, the vast Rumeila field, was awarded to a consortium dominated by British Petroleum (BP) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). Not only was the contract price comparatively low, at $2 a barrel, but the award was a less-favorable "technical service contract" which is effectively a flat payment for the service of extracting the oil. This is to be contrasted with the more common "production sharing contract" where the host country and the international oil company share the reserves in the oil field at a given percentage, enabling the oil company to account for a portion of the reserves as present assets. (http://jurist.org/forum/2012/08/haider-hamoudi-iraq-oil.php)

And Russia?

In addition, big oil companies such as Gazprom of Russia and Chevron of the United States have also signed deals with the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, to tap smaller but lucrative oil fields there. The deals have soured the relationship between Baghdad and Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region. But the tension, so far, has not seriously hurt the development of the industry. (washingtonpost.com above)

Russia too has been allowed in.

Why would the US allow China and Russia to have any stake in Iraq and Kurdistan (still part of Iraq but semi-autonomous)? The US wants leverage with them. It's been a carrot. It's for the same reason the US granted Most Favored Nation trading status to China when China was barely out of Mao's anti-market communism and entering into Deng's budding Chinese-style market-socialism. In addition, a fuller reading on the subject will reveal that it is an expensive proposition to be the first into Iraq where the infrastructure suffered greatly from sanctions and the war. US and other oil companies want better terms and more stability and want Iraq itself to shoulder much of that burden. Therefore, many oil companies are not all in. Also, the oil companies play a competitive game anyway. Each has its own ideas as to where to invest and how to work the angles.

What's going on in Syria?

Syria is part of the greater region where the market-corporatists under the global-banking elite want total control and to have Russia and China on board. The US has great sway but not total control over global market-corporatism (corporate feudalism, which constitutes much of the financial power behind national and supranational governmental organizations). Corporations under global banking versus self-determining nation-states is the battle ground. Democracy versus not is only a tool in that battle. People can, and do, vote for the wrong things out of ignorance brought on by misinformation and censorship of salient facts.

The US has had longterm plans to topple Iran's Shiite Theocracy. One of the levers is oil sanctions. China requires oil because China has not invested properly in clean alternatives. If the US were to have not allowed China into Iraqi oil and then applied sanctions against Iran over trumped up nuclear-weapons-program charges against Iran, China would have been much more difficult to deal with than otherwise (even though China is not going along fully with the US on Iran).

Syria is a cog in the competition of empires. Turkey is a NATO member and even though it is predominantly Sunni, as are the Saudi Arabians, Turkey is a republic where Saudi Arabia is a hereditary, absolute monarchy. Syria is being pulled apart by Iran, Turkey, and especially the Saudis, with those three operating under the poor supervision of the larger, greater powers, with the US still at the apex but having lost as much as half of its relative global power during the last sixty years. It has lost much of it do to outsourcing and thereby the rise of other nation-states, particularly China {about to overtake the US in real terms (but not per capita) if it can avoid a hugely hard landing, which softer landing would surprise me — do they have the right stuff?}.

Southern Iraq is at odds with Northern Iraq (aka Kurdistan-Iraq) over Kurdistan's oil deals, which haven't paid off for the Kurds because the South is blocking exports. The Kurds need the South to let up or the Kurds need a pipeline bypassing the South's control. Turkey is a natural for such a pipeline:

In May, the KRG announced plans to build a pipeline from the Taq Taq oilfield to hook up with an existing one that runs from Kirkuk in Iraq to Ceyhan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, targeting August 2013 as the completion date and initial capacity of 1 million barrels a day. (http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/05/us-iraq-kurdistan-oil-tussle-idINBRE87402C20120805)

The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) though has been fighting against Turkey for decades right up to this day and recently reportedly attacked a Turkish military bus, killing and maiming (which the PKK doesn't deny it does). Turkey attack backed. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/11/us-turkey-kurds-idUSBRE87A0AF20120811)

The issues go deeper and become more complex the deeper one goes. Don't under-intellectualize the matter. Don't underestimate the lengths the powers will go to, to attempt to trick you into believing what isn't true. Deception is the name of their game. Some groups are slower to catch on to when they've been made though.

A prime case in point are the Likudniks (Israelis; members of a hardline-Zionist political party: Likud).

When I kept pointing out that there is zero proof offered up showing Iran has a nuclear-weapons program, the US finally (after many months) stopped saying that it knows Iran has a nuclear-weapons program. It fell back upon an earlier assessment that Iran had stopped in 2003. Of course, it has no proof that Iran ever had such a program. Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has not stopped speaking in ways he cannot substantiate. That makes him look stupid in the eyes of the Americans who have backed off the dumb comment. Why do I mention this? I say it because no matter who you are, how little you think you are, if you speak the truth, it does matter.

Continuing, to one degree or another, both Russian and Chinese leadership see the US and NATO and the EU as threats on all fronts. The globe has been described as a "Grand Chessboard" with Iraqi being about the center of the most important area in terms of ultimately controlling the whole of Eurasia, which is the ultimate goal, as controlling it will ultimately mean controlling the planet nearly by default. The type of control envisioned is godlike: omniscient. This is why surveillance is being ramped up. This is why secrecy (anti-democratic) is being ramped up.

Don't be fooled. All of that, that they are doing, is not a sign of intelligence. Neither their ends nor means are intelligent. The dumbest ones on the planet are those who refuse to understand intelligence while thinking themselves superior in their sociopathic takings.

Lastly, the US invaded Iraq for many reasons, but if Iraq had, had no oil, Iraq would have posed little threat or reward. That does not mean that other factors are not more at play elsewhere. Some places are not oil-rich but are still "strategic." Anyway, the whole world is the goal, and anti-Christ is their means and ends.

Do you want to know how it all turns out and which side you should be on and why, or do you mistakenly think there's safety in ignorance? If you don't want to know so you can go on doing wrong in ignorance, you're guilty of that; and you know now, regardless.

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