Think of allies and axis as two teams. These terms are used in association with the Second World War, where the allies and axis fought against each other. Axis was a result of German, Japanese and Italian diplomatic efforts. Germany was the point of origin of the Second World War and her coalition was referred to as Axis. Allies were all the countries united against Germany and her expansionist interests. It was a terrible war, both allies and axis lost countless lives. It was a terror nobody would ever want to relive especially in today’s world.
Today, Syria is the hub of all warfare, and has managed to capture attention from major powers of the world. Major militant activity in Syria has threatened global powers. Every country involved has consequently come up with their own ideology as to how to deal with the situation. Blame games have started, fingers are being pointed, and vast differences in visions are leading to a colossal mess. Last week a clash erupted between the U.S. and Russia. The leaders of the country, both have a widely differentiating ideology on what to do regarding Syria. While in the Second World War, United States and Soviet Union (Russia), were allies, it would seem that they are both on the opposite sides in Syria’s case. United States has meddled in other countries the greatest so we will refer to them as Axis. So far, based on ideologies, following is how allies and axis stand.
- Allies: Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, and the current Syrian government (Assad).
- Axis: United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, and Qatar.
From the looks of it, Axis would seem stronger. But let’s shed some light on how they believe the current, extremely dangerous, situation in Syria should be handled. While the world has been led to believe that the civil-war in Syria is about religion and militants, the reality is something vastly different. It’s not just the difference in ideologies. All it comes down to essentially, is natural resources. In order to understand this, we will shed light on several gas pipeline projects. Previously wars were fought for oil. That’s a thing of the past with everyone investing significantly in clean energy. Natural gas is the new oil, and everybody wants it one way or the other. Own it, sell it, steal it, whatever the case. Every nation wants a piece. Another thing to understand here is that Europe is the biggest market for natural gas. Essentially, there is just one concept to understand – Whoever controls the resources controls pretty much everything.
As there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’s case, there is absolutely no evidence of any chemical weapons being produced by Syria. It’s all about gas pipelines, and the following is what one needs to understand in order to make sense of everything that is going on in Syria, and the Syrian crisis.
Syria-Iran-Iraq Gas Pipeline
In July of 2011, Syria, Iran and Iraq signed a gas pipeline agreement which would run from the Iranian Port of Assalouyeh to Damascus in Syria via Iraq. This agreement would have resulted in Syria being the center of assembly and production. In August of the same year, after the agreement was signed, Syrian Ministry of Oil under Bashar al-Assad (current leader of Syria), discovered a gas well in the Central Region of Syria. This pipeline would eventually lead into Europe where an entire continent sits to provide massive profits.
Qatar harbored similar ambitions to enter the European market. Of course, they only have two routes to enter Turkey in Europe. The first route is via Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria; note Syria. The second route passes through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq; note Iraq. Both routes require Syria’s approval, in one way or the other. This particular pipeline would benefit the Gulf, Arabian countries, and of course the United States and its close allies. Moreover, would cut-off Russia completely which is the largest supplier of gas to Europe.
Gazprom and Russia
Gazprom is the world’s largest extractor of natural gas. It currently delivers gas to over 25 European countries. Europe is the source of 40% of Gazprom’s revenue. It is safe assume that the European market is vital to Russia and that alternatives are not in their interests. Moreover, on the 21st May, 2014, Russia and China signed a $400 billion gas deal which would allow Russia (Gazprom) to provide natural gas to China for 30 years starting 2019. Russia has the largest gas reservoirs in the world. The second-largest gas reservoirs are with Iran. That’s what the common knowledge is.
How did Allies and Axis come to be?
Syria-Iran-Iraq gas pipeline would bring gas from the second-largest gas reservoir in the world, the Iranian South Pars / North Dome Gas-Condensate field, to Europe. The pipeline would be pass through Iraq, Syria, and on to Lebanon to make its way into Europe. As mentioned before, Europe is the biggest market for natural gas, and since it is the new oil, everybody wants to own it, and make profits. In today’s world, owning a natural resource in one or the other, is owning the countries linked to it, or it is at least an equivalent of forming unbreakable bonds and close allies. This particular pipeline is a competitor to Nabucco Pipeine, which runs from Turkey to Austria and then further into Europe, and Qatar-Turkey Pipeline, which as previously explained takes two routes both passing through Syria in one way or the other. Both the competing pipelines would relieve Europe of reliance on Russian gas supply and therefore is favored by nations such as United States and the United Kingdom. In turn of course, countries in the Gulf and major Arabian states would support the States and their own ambitions to become a supplier.
In 2009, Qatar approached Assad (the current leader of Syria), to propose the Qatar-Turkey pipeline however, Assad conveniently declined the proposal in favor of Syria-Iran-Iraq gas pipeline, and to protect the interests of Syria’s old ally, Russia. The decline of the proposal started everything that is happening today starting from the Syrian Crisis to the Migrant Crisis, absolutely everything. The fact that Assad declined the proposal means that Qatar has absolutely no way of delivering gas to Europe. The largest gas reserve in the world sits between Iran and Qatar, with part of it belonging to Iran and other belonging to Qatar. Both countries need to get to Europe, and where Iran has a strategic tie with Syria and Syria is backed by Russia, Iran is all set to get into Europe. Of course, that is true as long as Assad is still standing. This is where the civil-war begins and why the U.S. is keen on overthrowing Assad’s government. It is also precisely the reason why Russia is keen on keeping the current leader of Syria in position. It’s because Assad is in favor of Syria-Iran-Iraq pipeline and not in favor of a pipeline extending from Qatar. It is useful to note here that any country that provides land for a pipeline to pass, whether oil or gas, will benefit tremendously from it.
Qatar’s pipeline would pass through Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Therefore, these countries are allied with each other. Countries that are currently relying on gas from Qatar would ally themselves with her. Moreover, Turkey which is getting most of its natural gas from Russia wants to free itself of Russia and depend rather on the ‘Muslim brotherhood’. United States have long been in ties with Saudi Arabia, and therefore will back them no matter what the case. France and the United Kingdom will follow the States. This is how ‘Axis’ have come into existence.
So why is Russia backing Assad’s Syria? Primarily, because Assad stands in the way of competing pipelines; pipelines that would cut Russia, or Gazprom, completely. Secondly, if Syria-Iran-Iraq gas pipelines comes into existence, who will be responsible for the extraction and transportation of gas? You guessed it, Gazprom, from Russia. So as long as the Qatar-Turkey gas pipeline does not happen, Russia stays in major profits. Therefore, Russia is backing Syria, and consequently, Iran and Iraq. Of course, Russia has already signed a deal with China for the provision of natural gas starting 2019, so China will back Russia. This is the core of ‘Allies’.
What United States is doing currently, is destabilizing Syria by backing rebels, militants or whatever you may want to call them. Eventually, the end US wants is dethroning Assad and ‘saving the country’. Of course, upon Assad’s fall from power, US will be able to replace him with someone loyal to her, and therefore get the Qatar-Turkey pipeline moving. There are no chemical weapons, there are no rebels, there is nothing. Rebels are being backed by the west to create chaos. There is no ISIS. ISIS is a private militant group which would work for anyone who pays them, we all know who that is, and Russia has been bold enough to even say it. Russia has already started providing weapons to Syria in fact, Russia herself is involved in military against the alleged ‘rebels’ in support of the current government of Syria.
Where does Europe stand in all this? Well, Europe is getting gas whether it gets it from Russia, or the Middle East is something irrelevant. Think of European Migrant Crisis. The primary source giving birth to the crisis is the unrest in Syria and her neighbors. Why are people fleeing Syria? Due to the war being waged on them on all fronts. Where are they headed? Europe. Who are they becoming a crisis for? Europe. What’s the real reason of the crisis? Gas Pipelines. Syria’s immediate neighbor Iraq is not economically sound to handle such huge quantities of migrants. That leaves Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, and the Middle East in general for the migrants to go. It is obviously safer and easier. But no. These regions have barred their gates for the migrants even though they are so rich. The only other, extremely dangerous, option is Europe. So the migrants and the refugees took it, effectively creating a real problem for the Europeans. Europe seeks an end, and quick one at that, to this situation. So the only question is, when push comes to shove, whom will it side with? I believe Europe should side with Russia however, that is vastly debatable.
From the way things are headed, the situation could escalate rather quickly resulting in a full-scale war between few of the major powers in the world. If the other nations join, World War 3 will be inevitable.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.