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let’s everybody bomb everybody else’s pipelines, then we can all freeze to death

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Usaian Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a ‘Viable Option’
Jon Queally, Common Dreams, Oct 23 2014

A top State Dept official on Thursday said that bombing oil pipelines controlled by ISIS in Syria is now a “viable option” under consideration by the Pentagon. Julieta Valls Noyes, the Usaian Deputy Asst Sec Def for European and Eurasian Affairs, was in London and her comments were first reported by the British press. Citing figures that estimate ISIS is generating nearly $2m/day by selling crude oil reserves it now controls, Noyes said that Usaia may expand targeting of oil-related infrastructure inside Syria to include “kinetic strikes against some of the pipelines” and other “physical action to stop the flow.” According to the Independent, Noyes said that sale of fuel is one of the Usaian government’s “principal concerns” regarding ISIS’ ability to fund its ongoing military operations and that in addition to other methods to stem the group’s the sale of oil “air strikes are a viable option.” Reacting to Noyes’ comments, Michael Klare, a professor at Hampshire College who has written extensively on energy resources and Usaian foreign policy, told Common Dreams that any attempt to bomb oil pipelines in Syria would be a serious mistake with potentially far-reaching implications. Klare stated in an email:

Bombing oil pipelines to get at ISIS’s financing would be a very foolhardy move. First of all, it would be almost impossible to determine that the pipelines were carrying oil produced by oilfields under ISIS’s control, and second, there could be a considerable risk of civilian casualties from the resulting explosions.  Bombing pipelines could also lead to massive oil spills and resulting environmental damage. In addition, attacking pipelines in any manner would provide anti-Usaian groups anywhere in the world with a rationale for bombing pipelines on which we and our allies depend. The result could be global economic havoc.

Since Usaia-led airstrikes inside Syria began last month, warplanes have already targeted refineries and other oil-related infrastucture held by ISIS. So far, however, targeting flowing pipelines has not been officially discussed. The Telegraph reports:

Western officials say that Syria’s own regime has been an important buyer of ISIL’s oil. While Assad poses as a sworn enemy of ISIL, officials from Western and Middle Eastern countries believe that he has deliberately created some of the conditions for the terrorist movement’s rise in order to present himself as a bulwark against extremism. If Usaia were to destroy a pipeline taking oil from ISIL to the regime, this could be a way of weakening both Assad and the terrorists. However, ISIL is also believed to smuggle oil to buyers in Turkey and Iraq. Most of those supplies are thought to go by tanker, not via pipelines. ISIL’s possession of oilfields has helped it to become one of the richest terrorist organisations in history. Control of these assets makes the movement financially self-sufficient, reducing its dependence on donors from elsewhere in the Middle East. In all, ISIL is believed to have amassed a war-chest running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to Klare, however, if nations want to curtail ISIS’ oil revenues, he suggests that other strategies are available that don’t carry the same high-level risk associated with airstrikes. Klare suggested:

Usaia should put diplomatic pressure on Turkey to crack down on black-market oil smugglers that operate in Turkish territory, and block any bank accounts used by ISIS to collect funds from such sales. These efforts would do much more to impede ISIS’s funding while avoiding the risk of civilian casualties.

In a recent TomDispatch essay discussing the targeting of oil infrastructure in Syria, Klare argued that the Usaian government, once on the receiving end of oil embargoes, has now initiated a new strategy of using “the oil weapon” by threatening sanctions, or in Syria’s case targeted airstrikes, to impede the ability of enemies to operate. According to Klare:

When first employed, the oil weapon was intended to exploit the industrial world’s heavy dependence on petroleum imports from the Middle East. Over time, however, those producing countries became ever more dependent on oil revenues to finance their governments and enrich their citizens.  Washington now seeks to exploit this by selectively denying access to world oil markets, whether through sanctions or the use of force, and so depriving hostile producing powers of operating revenues. The most dramatic instance of this came on Sep 23, when Usaian aircraft bombed refineries and other oil installations in areas of Syria controlled by ISIS.  An extremist insurgent movement that has declared a new “caliphate,” ISIS is not, of course, a major oil producer, but it has taken control of oil fields and refineries that once were operated by the Assad regime in eastern Syria. The revenue generated by these fields, reportedly $1m to $2m/day, is being used by ISIS to generate a significant share of its operating expenses. This has given that movement the wherewithal to finance the further recruitment and support of thousands of foreign fighters, even as it sustains a high tempo of combat operations. Black-market dealers in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey have evidently been assisting ISIS in this effort, purchasing the crude at a discount and selling at global market rates, now hovering at about $90 per barrel. Ironically, this clandestine export network was initially established in the 1990s by Saddam Hussein’s regime to evade Usaian sanctions on Iraq. ISIS has proven adept indeed at exploiting the fields under its control, even selling the oil to agents of opposing forces, including the Assad regime. To stop this flow, Washington launched what is planned to be a long-term air campaign against those fields and their associated infrastructure. By bombing them, Obama evidently hopes to curtail the movement’s export earnings and thereby diminish its combat capabilities. These strikes, he declared in announcing the bombing campaign, are intended to “take out terrorist targets” and “cut off ISIL’s financing.” It is too early to assess the impact of the air strikes on ISIS’s capacity to pump and sell oil.  However, since the movement has been producing only about 80kb/d, roughly one-thousandth of worldwide oil consumption, the attacks, if successful, are not expected to have any significant impact on a global market already increasingly glutted, in part because of an explosion of drilling in that “new Saudi Arabia,” Usaia.

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my reaction to the stupid war between putin-worshippers and strelkov-worshippers

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October 25, 2014 at 4:12 am

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a core sample of the ultimate shit that the russians by their own moronic choice feed upon

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According to the head of the Fund of development of civil society Konstantin Kostin, before the Valdai Club members at a closed meeting were made by the first Deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin. Volodin announced the key thesis that most clearly reflects the current state of our country and its citizens: “Is Putin, is Russia; no Putin, no Russia.”

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And this is what you’re up against when you try to criticise milord the god-king emperor-for-life

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October 25, 2014 at 3:49 am

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i am so sick of graham phillips and his pop star presentation

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He has a lengthy session with these people, homing in of course on the ‘girl soldier’, the Opolcheniya, who has to smile for the camera. Any serious interviewer would be addressing the inevitable surrender of the airport as soon as the 404 offensive starts, not wasting everybody’s time with this charade. Fuck off Graham – RB

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October 25, 2014 at 3:22 am

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strelkov true believers deeply incensed that the murid’s wife continues to be cynical bitch etcetera

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I have a problem with the Murid’s wife, but it is not that I object to her absolute negativity. It is that I cannot read her blog in autotrans, because she herself has marked the whole blog as “18+” and yandex cannot cope with that. If I try to read this in autotrans, it won’t let me get past the “Yes I am 18+” page. So ani_al, if you are reading this (which of course you aren’t), but if you were, would you please declassify your blog from “18+” so that I can read it in English. Thank you.Screenshot from 2014-10-25 03:30:43Screenshot from 2014-10-25 03:31:20Screenshot from 2014-10-25 03:47:27

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October 25, 2014 at 2:38 am

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putin calls yanks all kinds of names but still refuses to say 9/11 was phony

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Translation of Putin’s speech
Clon Clon, El Murid, Oct 24 2014 21:38

Lord Western partners! I appeal to you on behalf of all the Russian ruling class. We are deeply concerned about the garbage situation that has developed in recent years. You fail to comply with any consensus from the time of Mikhail Sergeyevich (Gorbachev)! Promised because he is not to expand NATO! And what is the result?

We have fulfilled all your conditions: acknowledged defeat in the cold war, went everywhere, consistently abolished its military and economic potentials, stably supplied you with raw materials and so on.

Wanted unipolar world – Yes please, but you instead of the world some mess made! No international law does not observe and contract unilaterally leave. Terrorists all have brought forth a revolution anywhere to suit you. The outrage.

Yes God is with him with this international law, but you even own market laws do not wish to be bound! You do we fucking told themselves about the sacred right of private property in the West! And where is it?! Why do my friends hotels wring out, although all documents are in order, and receipt survived! Dear people now once again in Europe to fly I’m afraid! And the children? Isn’t it Holy! Us that they are now out of Londono return?

Why not extend your vaunted right!? BECAUSE WE LIKE YOU! Human rights and grandmas! Let us into your world elite club at least on the rights of the people of the second grade! We’re nothing special please! Just leave us alone! Let continue to steal the country, live in villas in Europe and entertain at your resorts. Is it such a high fee for our services for demolition superpower?

And your economy? You thought about it? We are to you all take their capital! Well you yourself, as they say in Russia, his eggs come when you have a crisis! Do you extra money not needed?

Okay, shout enough is enough. Let’s not quarrel. Just tell us what else you want from us and we are ready to take the statement, as we say in Russia. Just not too much to ask, okay? We’re actually still mobile is, before you want the ratings to save. So our Crimea.

If do not want to compromise to go, we actually огого! We have left from совков missiles in the pantry! And extended life may not bother all the same the whole world in the dust!

So “let’s live together”, says here in Russia cat Leopold. Well пожааалуйста((

PS: the original here. You can compare.

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October 25, 2014 at 2:11 am

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“as long as there’s sheep, there’ll be no lack of wool” (bosnian social reggae)

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They say that Bosnia is a country of only relatives,
and that we are on top of the list of brain drain.

They say Iran is again making nuclear bombs,
Eraser cleans your teeth, but it breaks the enamel.

They say, if we want it, we’ll dream about it.
they say in Jamaica they sell Ganja by the kilo.

They say do not drink the water if you’re hot, the draft is killing us
We played well, but the referee fucked us.

They say that alcohol is healthier than marijuana,
they say, if you do not have the attitude they instantly put one.

They say that blondes are dumber than a raven-restless and brunettes,
and that taste better with a spoonful of vegetables.

They say they’ll never stop brainwashing us.
As long as there’s sheep, there’ll be no lack of wool.

They say our panties down, we bite the hooks.
Our heads in the sand along with unprotected ass.

They say that the end of the world is relatively close,
and that the banks have pulled us to the crisis.

They make me go to the polls every two years,
I vote for a coffee and marijuana.

From the Vatican to Iran
like yesterday we fell from the branches,
from the Vatican to Iran
monkey with a banana enough.

From the Vatican to Iran
like yesterday we fell from the branches,
from the Vatican to Iran
Marijuana is illegal.

They say that the stork brings our young children,
and that only bottled water healthy.

They say that along with the song is effectively lost,
this miracle soap against stubborn dirt.

They say they’ll never stop brainwashing us.
As long as there’s sheep, there’ll be no lack of wool.

They say our panties down, we bite the hooks.
Our heads in the sand along with unprotected ass.

They say that the end of the world is relatively close,
and that the banks have pulled us to the crisis.

They make me go to the polls every two years,
I vote for a coffee and marijuana.

From the Vatican to Iran
like yesterday we fell from the branches,
from the Vatican to Iran
monkey with a banana enough.

From the Vatican to Iran
like yesterday we fell from the branches,
from the Vatican to Iran
Marijuana is illegal.

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October 25, 2014 at 1:10 am

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