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Ever wonder what is the real reason behind the "War on Terror?" Patriotism has, throughout history, been used as a tool to garner public opinion in support of war. The terror card played by George W. Bush, has been passed on to Barack Obama, who ironically won a Nobel Peace Prize five years ago for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," and promotion of a "new climate in international relations, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world." Our peace loving president, whose effort to bomb Syria last year was quashed by Russian diplomacy, is now at it again, under the guise of attacking ISIS, an organization whose strength would not be possible without the U.S. intervention in Iraq as part of the "War on Terror."
What are these wars on terror really about? Do they justify the large scale stripping of our constitutionally guaranteed rights in order to keep us safe? The answer can be found on the pages of the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Just a few short years ago, the United States was suffering from a fossil fuel shortage. Dependence on foreign oil seemed inevitable until the advent of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which has unlocked a massive oil and natural gas reserve formerly trapped in shale rock, and all we have to do is poison our groundwater to get it.
What to do with the 13.1 million barrels of oil a day by 2019 and the 44% increase in natural gas production? Well, the United States still needs a customer base, because, even though it is the largest consumer of gas and oil on earth, there is more being produced annually than we can sell at home. That is why the U.S. installed its own government in the Ukraine, in an attempt to stifle European dependence on Russian natural gas. By 2015, a $12 billion liquefied natural gas terminal in Sabine Pass, Louisiana will come online and it, along with six other proposed terminals approved by the Department of Energy can supply half the daily gas that Russia now supplies to Europe.
The "gas wars" are also the current impetus behind the anti-terrorist rhetoric in bombing Syria. Dubbed the "Islamic Pipeline," a planned 3480 mile long Iran-Iraq-Syria natural gas pipeline going toward Europe from the Middle East, has the full support of the current Assad government. This pipeline project is competing with U.S. and European backed plans to run a similar pipeline from Qatar and Saudi Arabia through Syria to Turkey, to connect with the Nabucco pipeline to supply European customers through Austria.
So, before waving the flag and congratulating your Congressman for signing the next Patriot Act extension, and before sending your next born child off to war in a foreign land, you should question what is really behind these political decisions. The United States has devastated the infrastructure and government in Iraq, giving rise to political chaos and power to fanatics like ISIS. The last thing we need is more destabilization in Syria and in Europe's own backyard in the Ukraine.
Best Selling Author Kenneth G. Eade is the author of the first GMO thriller, "An Involuntary Spy," the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series; "Predatory Kill" and "A Patriot's Act;" and "Bless the Bees" and its children's counterpart, "A, Bee, See." (more...)