Thursday, June 22, 2017

Water off a Duck's Back? Qatar crisis all about sanctioning and destroying Russian economic alliances

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin
braves heavy rain to honour war heros

How quickly the flea-brained Western media shifts its brief focus from one "crisis" to another.  Last week it was all about Qatar.  A lot of fake media bloviating was spent on Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies turning on tiny (but immensely rich with gas/oil reserves) Qatar.  Even for manufactured "crisis" this one was done and gone in the blink of an eye.  US nominal leader Trump came out in support of the Saudi vendetta on Qatar and then, 24 hours later, he was backtracking...belatedly remembering the huge US base in Qatar.  This was after his first visit to the Middle East as President where there was a even briefer photo show of unity:

Trump Stands with Arab Leaders and Earth Globe

From RT

Trump administration contradicts itself on Qatar allegations
The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. "The more the time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a briefing Tuesday. “At this point, we are left with one simple question: Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar's alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC countries.”

The State Department’s choice of words – “Qatar’s alleged support of terrorism” – appears to contradict President Donald Trump’s earlier statement when he said “The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," adding, "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding." On June 5th, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar, saying Doha supports terrorism while cultivating ties with Iran, the Gulf States’ rival in the region.

While Trump supported the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an easing of the ban. And adding further confusion, days after president Trump blasted Qatar for “funding terrorism,” his administration authorized the sale of over $21 billion of US weapons to the emirate. The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. ...

There are more than 10,000 American service members at the US central command base in Qatar. Doha recently reminded the America of the partnership: “When no one wanted to host your troops after 9/11, we did. We protected them. Saudi Arabia asked you to leave," said Meshal bin Jamad al Thani, the Qatari ambassador to the US.

The State Department spokeswoman said the countries “can work this out on their own,” without US mediation..."

Truth being such a rarified commodity these days, I take it from wherever I can find it.  I just put it to the "smell" test. In that regard,  Benjamin Fulford said something on his blog last Monday that made a lot of sense to me:

The crisis in Qatar marks a major turning point in the battle against the Khazarian mafia. Ostensibly Saudi Arabia and other oil exporting states decided to try to blockade Qatar “because it was supporting terrorism.” In reaction to this move, US President Donald Trump showed the world he was not in charge of the US by first supporting the blockade and then being forced by the Pentagon to change his stance 180 degrees the next day. What is really going on here is that Qatar reached a deal with Iran to export gas from its massive gas fields not [towards the] West, in exchange for worthless Euros or US dollars, but rather [towards the]East to places like India and China in exchange for their currencies..."

Finally, the whole thing was starting to make sense.  Qatar was being pilloried not for its long-standing obedience to the USrael's command to contribute to the "terrorist agenda" of Middle East distruction...but to the opposite...a willingness to "trade with the enemy", Russia, China, India, and Iran.  The USrael-agent legislators in the US Congress and Senate, unlike Qatar, fell meekly into line last week with the passing of new legislation sanctioning Russia (and its allies):
...mighty nation [US] which is intent on imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. As observed by Forbes, the new Bill «punishes Russian oil and gas firms even more than the current sanctions regime... Russia has no friends on Capitol Hill».

It is intriguing that the sanctions focus on oil and gas production, and Bloomberg reported that Germany and Austria consider «the measures sought to bolster US economic interests and included an unacceptable intervention in the region’s energy sector». In an unprecedented expression — indeed, explosion — of disapproval, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern said in a joint statement that «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United States of America... instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to economic interests» and that the Senate’s amendment heralded a »new and very negative quality in European-American relations».

As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea. The measures could affect European energy companies, including Shell, Engie and OMV, which are financing the pipeline. Shares in all four companies tumbled on Thursday».

Washington’s mission of lucrative destruction was partly achieved, but that’s where we come to the essence of the matter. The part of the Sanctions Bill involving Russia was an add-on to a series of vindictive measures against Iran, but it seemed a good idea to also sanction Russia’s oil and gas production, because nobody would benefit more than the oil and gas companies of the United States.

Bloomberg explained that the Nord Stream pipeline «would compete with US exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe». And the Senate made it plain that the US government «should prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy».

So, in plain talk, what was going on in Qatar [look for future "regime change" dynamics there] last week and what is going on in the Israeli-controlled US Congress and Senate this week is a declaration of economic war on Russia and its allies (BRIC) plus Syria and Iran.  The humiliated Trump administration is being mollified by the "rationale" that sanctioning Russia's gas sector and promoting the much more expensive and environmentally dangerous American shipped LNG to "good for bidness".

The truth is, sanctions, as I have said over and over, are the best thing that have ever happened to the Russian economy.  Russia gets to keep all the profits reaped from the more challenging efforts to create new markets.  Russia gets to  develop its industries and related technologies...and sell THOSE to the world.  Russia gets to keep its citizens employed in REAL jobs that utilize their high level of education and training.  Not the MacJobs economy like Americans are toiling under.  Finally and most importantly, the sanctions de facto, PROTECT Russia from industrial moles, sabotage and subterfuge from within.  Canada should be so LUCKY!

And, as a bonus...the more sanctions are put in place and the more they impact on the economies of USrael's "NATO so-called allies" like France and Germany...the more the citizens and leaders of those countries will wake up to the self-serving agenda of USrael..which goes against THEIR best interests!

So, yes, sanctions (and bullying of little trade/economic partners of Russia, like Qatar), is "Water Off A Duck's Back" to Putin and Russia.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a friend[Trump}
Helping a friend{Putin}
Must be love

james@wpc said...

Hi Greencrow,
Amazingly enough, Fulford got it partly right. All the signs point to Qatar making a deal with Iran to jointly develop the South Pars/North Field gas field and PIPE the gas east to China through Iran and Pakistan.

What he didn't mention is that the gas will also be piped northwards and through Southern and/or Eastern Europe - the areas that Germany has been assisting in impoverishing for its own profit.

From your article-
"As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea."

The Nordstream pipeline goes to Germany (not Europe) who will then decide who gets it from there. There's a crucial difference here.

Anyway, there's a lot more to it and it is of seismic proportions and with a little luck I will be able to lay it all out on my blog in the next couple of days.

james@wpc said...

In the meantime, read Pepe Escobar's take on this. Pepe is the "go-to" man with anything involving pipelines-
The West Can't Smell What Eurasia is Cooking

greencrow said...

Hi James:

Thanks for your comments and link to Escobar. I always enjoy his posts. Will keep an eye out for your take on this issue on your blog.