Stirring Recep’s Recipe For Madness

I like Zero Hedge.  I especially like Zero Hedge when he is talking about real stuff and not just wallowing through the mire of financial collapse (well, that is what it looks like to me), important as that is.  It gets a little boring waiting for the world of national economies to go belly up, especially since no-one seems to be helping that along any and the major players desperately paddling against the current to keep the thing afloat as long as possible.  Just when will the last straw that may be grasped at float along towards the sea of flailing hands?  Maybe it already has.

So, it is nice, for want of a better word just before bedtime, to see talk about real stuff. And there is nothing more real just now than watching the deranged President of Turkey gradually and completely lose his mind over Syria and the Kurds.

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The situation holds a very special note of interest because it is the most likely crisis to open the door to global warfare which must, sooner or later, erupt across one or more of the borders between the current tag-team, no holds barred, mud-wrestling match going on in the Levant  between around 40 different nations and groups already.

One act by a deranged madman, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly turning into, accidentally or not, with intention or not, will be enough, more than enough, to kindle the flame that will ignite World War III.

Read about it at Zero Hedge here: A Furious Turkey Says US Is “Acting Like An Enemy,” Demands Washington Brand Kurds “Terrorists”…and at Russia Today here: ‘No ifs and buts’: Turkey demands US support against ‘Kurdish terrorists’

Putting it all in context, here is a grab form the Zero Hedge article:

“The problem for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is optics. That is, everything anyone does in Syria has to be justified by an imaginary “war on terror.” Turkey can’t say it’s intervening to keep the rebels from being defeated by the Russians, and similarly, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, France and everyone else needs to preserve the narrative and pretend as though this all doesn’t boil down to the West and the Sunnis versus the Russians and the Shiites.”

…and, from Russia Today, pinpointing exactly the flash-point I am talking about.  Or one of them:

“On Friday however Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution which condemned any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria. Russia’s latest concerns are related to a dangerous escalation on the Syrian Turkish border amid Ankara’s alleged plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria, which Damascus has called a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

Just as a footnote, here is another Zero Hedge article which contains a map showing Russian air strikes in Syria during February so far.  While a great deal can be read from this, in fairness it does show that the Russians are speaking the truth (as I always knew they were) about their not just bombing the moderate terrorists (aka the moderate rebels aided by the US) that are fighting Assad’s legitimate Syrian regime.  Like the Russians say, there is no such thing as a moderate rebel.  They are all terrorists and need to be blown to bits.  And if a few clandestine American advisers get blown to bits with them, well, tough titties.

In addition, the map shows (I will display it here for convenience…)

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…very clearly that Turkey does not have much room to invade Syria or to prevent their trade in illicit oil from ISIS from being cut off entirely.  Nor from preventing the Kurds from setting up a separate Kurdish state on their southern border.

Interesting.  But still very dangerous for all of us.  Keep an eye open for flash-points.

“There’s No Understanding Anything Without A Grasp Of Its History”

“There’s no understanding anything without a grasp of its history—which, of course, is the American failing over and over again.”

The above is a quote by interviewer in this piece:  “Intelligent people know that the empire is on the downhill”: A veteran CIA agent spills the goods on the Deep State and our foreign policy nightmares After almost 30 years in the CIA, Ray McGovern became a truth-teller. He sits down with Salon for a long debriefing

KERRYBarack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, John Kerry (Credit: AP/Reuters/Evan Vucci/Alexei Druzhinin/Remy de la Mauviniere/Kathy Willens)

This is a deep and insightful exchange which I recommend to anyone who wishes to know more about the world they live in and who pulls the strings that cause the events that we see happening around us.  You need to be aware of this stuff …and it’s pretty much right up to date.

Follow The Arrows To Find Gold

Who fights who in Syria?

Image credit:  Not sure who owns this.  I got it from the TAE Facebook page

 

What do you see there?  Hmmmm…

So, what’s this thing between ISIS and the Israeli Air Force?

It seems that ISIS is fighting everybody except the Israeli Air Force.

It seems that everybody is fighting ISIS except the Israeli Air Force.

What sort of scam have they got going on between them?

And… Have you noticed?

It seems that the US-led Anti-ISIS Coalition (of which Australia is part), is only fighting ISIS, and the only party interested in fighting the US-led Anti-ISIS Coalition is ISIS itself.  In fairness to ISIS, I think the US-led Anti-ISIS Coalition should just go home and tend to their own business.  There are already more than enough parties involved in this little shindig.

Also… Have you noticed?

The Israeli Air Force should just go home because they are not really part of the whole thing, just acting out their own side-show affair against their everyday, common or garden, foes.

With those two parties removed, that would even things up a bit, make the conflict a little less complex, and it might just get somewhere.

By the way.  Did you spot the deliberate mistake?  There is an arrow which purports that Turkey is fighting ISIS, when nothing could be further from the truth.  They are business partners, in the oil trade 🙂

On second thoughts…  Nah!  Leave the arrow there.  Removing it would negate one of my earlier statements.  Let everybody keep thinking that Turkey is just one of the Team.

Was This A Turkish Setup?

Did those German tourists die on Tuesday 12 January 2016 in Istanbul a) as a result of an IS terror attack? or b) in a Turkish oligarchy setup made to look like a) for their own reasons?

There are many questions asked in this RT article: Is Erdogan playing terror to garner political support within and without?   There are many questions which demand answers.  Some of the issues are discussed in the article, which makes very interesting reading.

Black flag or false flag?  National Security or national disgrace?  Terror or government planned slaughter?  Are we being played for fools yet again?  And who is behind it?  Turkey or a well known player at those type of games?

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We may, or may never find out.  These things often do become clear though as time passes.

It’s all about the oil. It’s always all about the oil.

As I often say, “It’s all about the oil. It’s always all about the oil.”

Turkey’s president Erdogan may protest that he and his country are not involved in illegal oil trade with ISIS (and as a consequence are also looking after ISIS interests and funding them), but Russia has provided proof that this trade is going on and is why they are making this a major part of their thrust in the war against ISIS.

This is of course why Turkey shot down the Russian military aircraft recently.

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Image: The routes of alleged oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq to Turkey © syria.mil.ru

 

Turkey Shoot

This post inspired by RT article Turkey could lose $20 billion over dispute with Russia

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Photo:  © Murad Sezer / Reuters  

Recklessly and foolishly shooting down a Russian military jet comes with a high price tag.

Whether that arises from:

  • trying to impress your mates
  • by merely acting on ‘friends’ bad advice
  • or through trying to protect your illegal trade in oil

really doesn’t matter.