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Reason for Military Intervention by the West in Libya and not Syria: Oil

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U.S. Reason Against Intervening in Syria: “White House press secretary Jay Carney announced (7/24/12), “The U.S. is not going to intervene the Syrian situation in a military way or to invade the territory of this country, President Barack Obama believes that such actions would be wrong, he said, commenting on Republican senator John McCain’s statement that Washington does not exert efforts for the resolution of inter-Syrian conflict.” Jay Carney mentioned nothing about saving Syrian lives. As of this writing (10/31/12), 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war.

U.S. Reason for Intervening in Libya: During a joint press conference (5/25/11) with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, President Barack Obama justified support for Libyan rebels in their struggle to overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi. “Well, first of all, I do think that we’ve made enormous progress in Libya.  We have saved lives as a consequence of our concerted actions…The goal is to make sure that the Libyan people can make a determination about how they want to proceed, and that they’ll be finally free of 40 years of tyranny…We have a broad range of partners under an international mandate designed to save lives and ensure that we did not have the sort of massacre that would lead us then to look back and say to ourselves, why did we stand by and do nothing.”  There are widely varying estimates of the number killed during the military intervention by the west in Libya during 2011. “On September 8, Naji Barakat, the Health Minister of the National Transitional Council, stated that about 30,000 people were killed during the war.”

None of these declarations by President Obama and other western leaders mentioned the single most important reason for intervening in Libya and not Syria. Libya has nearly 20 times more oil than Syria as the proved oil reserve graphs below clearly in indicate:










Proved Libyan oil reserves










Proved Syrian oil reserves

Conclusions: The Libyan and Syrian conflicts are civil wars and nearly the same fatalities have resulted from them so far. Based on these two examples, one has to wonder whether foreign intervention in a civil war actually saves lives, as claimed by President Obama in his justification for Libyan intervention.  This writer believes that the real reason for intervention justification is based on whether a country, engaged in civil strife, has significant oil reserves of importance to the west. If Libyan oil were removed from the world market, oil prices probably would have risen drastically, despite Saudi Arabian or Russian attempts to make up for any Libyan shortfall.

JHEverson Consulting by Jeff

3 Comments on "Reason for Military Intervention by the West in Libya and not Syria: Oil"

  1. Arthur on Wed, 31st Oct 2012 9:42 pm 

    “Reason for Military Intervention by the West in Libya and not Syria: Oil”

    Without the West there would not have been a civil war in Syria. In essence there is as much intervention in Syria as there was in Lybia, save a few sorties and shooting of convoys in Lybia, but no regular ground troops in neither case.

    Lybia had to do with getting the Chinese out and was indeed purely related to the 1 MBD high quality oil Lybia has to offer. Syria is not about oil, but about hurting an ally of Iran and destruction of the Shi’it corridor between Iran and the Meditteranean, see this very insightful map:

    The blue states are US client states, the rest is not (anymore). Because of the actions of the US in Iraq (the bulldozering of Saddam), Iran is now connected to the Meditteranean. Obviously the Iranians soon understood how to take advantage of that fact and signed a contract with Bagdad and Damascus for a pipeline from their Pars field, google “Iran, Syria Finalize Agreement on New Gas Pipeline”. William Engdahl thinks that this is the main reason for the stealth intervention via paid mercenaries (“Al Qaida” = USA, ever since 1980, with the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR), google “Engdahl Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War”. I think this is a very plausible explanation. In order to obstruct another pipeline between a SCO member and Europe, it is enough to set one country on fire on the projected route of that pipeline. In the eyes of the US is Europe already much too dependent on fuel deliveries from unwanted sources (Russia). The pipeline Teheran-Bagdad-Damascus would draw Europe even further into Eurasia.

  2. DC on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 1:30 am 

    There was no ‘civil war’ in either Libya or Syria now. Just amerika’s Arab foreign legion (Al-qaeda)running around causing as much death and destruction and they could get away with.

    The real reason the US is not out-right invaded Syria has rather less to do with the reasons stated. Amerikas terrorist ‘FSA’ hasnt been able to do much damage to the Syrian army but more importantly, Russia and China are blocking the US and its satraps in the UN. Libya could have been saved had those 2 been a little more assertive on that US invasion. But at least now at least, the blank cheque to invade nations has been withdrawn.

  3. BillT on Thu, 1st Nov 2012 1:53 am 

    Saddam was selling oil for Euros.
    Gaddafi was setting up a gold backed banking system for Africa.
    Iran is selling oil for gold and other currencies.
    Ditto Venezuela, etc.

    Yes, it may have to do indirectly with oil, but it also has to do with the facts that all of these countries were or are shoving the dollar aside and therefore are NOT under the control of the banking cartel and Washington. That is NOT allowed if the Empire is to continue. If the dollar is displaced for trading purposes, the Empire falls.

    Now, the BRICS and other countries are openly moving away from the dollar and the Empire’s days are numbered. Iran is only one of about 10 countries openly defying Washington. Interesting days ahead. Are you prepared?

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