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Australia to send free guns to Kurdistan

The headline really does not say much in itself, but there is much meaning that one can infer from it.

Firstly if you hear the term ‘Peshmerga’ this is the Kurdish word for ‘soldier’ effectively meaning Kurdish army.

This is the Kurdistan flag:

National flag of Kurdistan used since at least 2013.

National flag of Kurdistan used since at least 2013.

For the hard line cynic there is the fact that western nations will struggle to accommodate the number of refugees that might flood out of Kurdistan and other areas fighting ISIS (aka IS, ISIL).

So it would make more sense economically for that fledgling oil state to not be conquered, especially my the murderous fanatics of ISIS.

The knowledgeable cynic might also note the USA stayed out of WW2 (for years) by sending military and other supplies to Brittan and its empire to fight Nazi Germany.

A nationalist cynic would likely prefer to lose gun in the middle east than our own troops.

A humanitarian cynic might note that the Geneva convention is being ignored by ISIS and civilians right to live without persecution in Kurdistan (and neighboring areas) is under serious threat.

An cynic aware of current ISIS tactic might note that ISIS are a highly mobile ground force using flat deck utes ( trucks) and SUV’s to transport troops and  light artillery and AA, so as such they can strike with remarkable speed, and a civilian’s only real defense is to start shooting to slow the advance.

Geo-politically aware cynics might note that the region of Kurdistan (on the borders of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran) controls significant proportions of Iraqi oil, and what we are seeing is a balkanization of Iraq and to some extent the wider middle east with blurry allegiances (and borders) based on religion, ethnicity and tribal affiliations.

Historically aware cynics would note that Iraq was a state manufactured by Brittan to join together the Kurds ( of mixed faiths) in the north (who had the oil) the Shia ( minority sect of Islam popular in Iran) in the center and the Sunni’s (majority sect of Isalm) in the south where the British could control the flow of oil through the port of Basra.

Cynics who are knowledgeable in the oil trade will know the entire region is full of oil, and the different fresh water sources, oil wells, pipelines, ports and shipping lanes are extremely contentious in term of who controls them.

The energy security of many nations depends on the flow of oil both where its flowing to and where its flowing from. There is reason they call it ‘black gold’.

 

Kurdistan-Map-with-Kirkuk*this map is from 2013 as Kurdistan began as a state and prior to the formation of ISIS. Borders may have changed and are indicative only as a rough guide to the region. Kurdistan’s first major victory over ISIS just days ago left Kurdistan in control of Mosul an important dam and fresh water source.

It is ironic that the Australian government not only manufactures assault rifles and is willing to give them to foreigners, but not to their own people, who are largely unarmed in their own country.

As a  final note the guns are not really a gift, there will be demands for oil from Kurdistan in the future.

 

Perhaps the fluidity of power struggles is the nature of the desert, the sand itself shifting endlessly in dunes and ergs.

 

Syria,Kurdistan, ISIS, Oil, Pipelines, BRICS and geopolititcs

 

 

 

Some very interesting geopolitical analysis ( treating the world as a chess board) relating to OIL, the middle east and the interested parties.

It hardly looks all that significant , but your quality of life literally flows through this steel pipe. Who controls these pipes ane where they are built or destroyed are what most wars in the last 100 years have been about.

It hardly looks all that significant, but your quality of life literally flows through this steel pipe. Who controls these pipes and where they are built or destroyed, is what most wars in the last 100 years have been about.

 

Here is a useful map to help you understand current and potential future political borders in the middle east.

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Echos of Darkness

At 3:35 “…it’s a 30 year old conspiracy”.

2001-30 = 1971:

1970-1972:

USA hits peak oil and abandoned the gold standard.

Men of Honor: Thousands of American Armed Forces Members Refusing to Deploy to Unjust Syrian War

occupymelbournenet:

Al Qaeda and Syria, think about it, weren’t they the enemy? the ‘bad guys’ in Afghanistan? You might want to have a read of George Orwells 1984.

Originally posted on sharia unveiled:

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Men of Honor: The Armed Forces Tea Party

by, Mike Opelka | The Blaze

Since the U.S. has started serious discussions about taking military action against Syria, many have publicly spoken out against a possible military strike. And now it appears that some of our uniformed service personnel have come forward to express their disagreement with an attack, any attack on Syria.

More than 2,000 people have “liked” this image that was posted on Sunday:

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There were also photos posted from people wearing the uniforms of the Marines, Navy and Air Force. These have also received Facebook “likes” in the thousands.

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Is this kind of behavior allowed? Well, there are rules concerning what uniformed military personnel can and cannot do, especially when it comes to making a political statement. In reviewing the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Article 88 could come into play here. That…

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Syria, Aleppo internet cut

Hard to be sure what has caused it, sabotage, or FSA rebels/ government trying to create communications black spots.

Some more fog of war for Syria

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/30/syrias-largest-city-just-dropped-off-the-internet/

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