Syria’s proven oil reserves, amounting to 2.5 billion barrels
Syria’s proven oil reserves, amounting to 2.5 billion barrels, are greater than those of all neighboring countries except Iraq: according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s estimation of its oil reserves. This makes Syria one of the largest producers and exporters of crude oil in the Middle East.
The country also has large reserves of natural gas, hitherto used for domestic consumption, especially for conversion to gas-fired power plants. But there is a problem, the U.S agency reported that since 1964 the license for the exploration and exploitation of mineral deposits has been reserved for Syrian government agencies. Until 201O an annual income of more than $ 4 billion was procured from the export of oil, particularly to Europe. But things are changing with the war. Continue reading →
Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have now joined forces against Iran. China and Russia had previously resisted taking action against Iran have now joined forces with Britain, France, Germany and the United States.
This looks so much like the build up to the invasion of Iraq with harder sanctions on the horizon and followed with what could inevitably be military action.
Doesn’t it appear strange that we also saw this same build up in Pakistan and India with the US spearheading pressure to stop both those nations from gaining Nuclear Weapons? What gives these elite five the right to dictate what another country should or should not do and yet is continues to turn a blind eye on the Israeli Nuclear Programme that already has its own nuclear arsenal.
We have the two leaders of the pack highlighting their concerns in respective press releases with the following headlines: “Brown says sanctions next if Iran doesn’t respond” and “Obama warns Iran of consequences.” It is obvious that both the US and UK are heading for a showdown and really do want a conflict with Iran. I guess its time for the price of oil to go up and for the US to increase its arms sale.
Last year the The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has affirmed in a report that Israel has a ‘sizeable’ nuclear arsenal. The report stated that Israel was considered to be a “de facto nuclear power with an advanced and sizeable arsenal,” even though the regime had never itself acknowledged openly its nuclear-weapons status. I continue to ask the same question over and over again, why doesn’t the Security Council impose sanctions on Israel? Why doesn’t the Security Council make the same threats of possible military action against Israel? It is obvious that Israel represents an informal extension to NATO and that the US needs such a major military presence right in the heart of the Arab League. Continue reading →
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