Russia and Iran are also the nations with the largest natural gas reserves in the world. This is in addition to the following facts; Iran also exerts influence over the Straits of Hormuz; both Russia and Iran control the export of Central Asian energy to global markets; and Syria is the lynchpin for an Eastern Mediterranean energy corridor. Iran, Russia, and Syria will now exercise a great deal of control and influence over these energy corridors and by extension the nations that are dependent on them in the European continent. This is another reason why Russia has built military facilities on the Mediterranean shores of Syria. The Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline will also further strengthen this position globally.
India is communist, Iran is communist, there is a pipeline going through all this and iran/syria are the lynchpins.
[just so i am not challenged on the india thing. "Fear stalks villagers in India's communist state" Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:13am EST / http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSDEL178993
When the communist government of West Bengal state backed down on seizing their land for an industrial complex, it was seen as a victory for poor farmers opposing the unstoppable juggernaut that the Asian giant's economy appears to be.
But now, the usually bustling mud roads running through dozens of villages in Nandigram in eastern India are deserted and the area dotted with red communist flags, emblems of a government that had wanted this fertile land for a chemicals complex.
Close to 2,000 displaced villagers, many of them minority Muslims, are living in unhealthy conditions in refugee camps, saying they are too afraid to return home.
They blame a reign of terror by the communist government and its party cadres who have now retaken control.
"It is hell on earth, we are living like prisoners in a free country," said Sabuj Pradhan, struggling to hold back his tears.
"We have seen how cadres raped our women and said it was payback time for daring to defy the government," said Pradhan, 40, sitting in a corner of a high school that has been turned into a refugee camp on the outskirts of Nandigram ]
Pakistan is another lynchpin... as IRAN is. if the west went into IRAN, bhutto would not have been killed.
it now looks like the US will not go in, or is much less likely, and so Bhutto and pakistan become KEY to the political control through energy control.
If Bhutto would have stepped into office, she would not have been facile to russia, but would be more so with the west.
she was offered a deal she couldnt refuse and she refused all offers.
this also means if one reads carefully, that they are consolodating control of all energy resources which means they can control prices arbitrarily as opec does with oil - its fixed by their majority control, smaller companies are stuck. and believe it or not, western countries oil companies are a very small percentage of the industry
just to give one proper persepctive on this. I will let you decide who controls what (though remember opec is not west dominated, but communist dominated. so even if a country likes the west, if they are a member of opec then they have to sway with that. http://www.opec.org/library/FAQs/aboutOPEC/q3.htm Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Indonesia, IR Iran, Iraq (yes they are still members, founding members. so much for the guns for oil thing), Kuwait, SP Libyan AJ, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela. if ya want to know the truth on oil prices, compared this with below. oh, and remember, natural gas follows with it for the most part.
Saudi Arabia, which holds 22 percent of the world's known reserves, produces roughly 10.5 million barrels per day (bpd); global daily consumption is 82 million bpd.
Russia. 60 billion barrels. (14 billion from the land they grabbed when? sakhalin island. "The Soviet attack on South Sakhalin started on 11 August 1945, as a part of Operation August Storm, four days before the Surrender of Japan, after the bombing of Hiroshima.") The world’s second-largest producer and exporter of oil, Russia employs less than 1 percent of its workforce in the oil and gas sector, despite the fact its energy industry comprises roughly a quarter of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
(The official figure of 9 percent is distorted by questionable accounting practices, economists say.) Oil and gas make up roughly two-fifths of all Russian exports, leaving some investors wary of investing in such a resource-dependent market: A $1 per barrel change in the price of oil, for instance, results in a $1.4 billion change in Russian revenues. In its favor, Russia created a cushion for such changes by developing an oil-stabilization fund, worth some $44 billion, which can only be tapped to reduce its deficit or finance pension funds.
sorry, there was a lot more there too [ http://www.cfr.org/publication/9484/global_oil_trends.html#2 ]
Venezuela. A founding member of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1960, Venezuela has emerged as the world's fifth-largest exporter of oil
Nigeria. Nigeria produces roughly 2.5 million bpd, but because of mismanagement and corruption must buy back refined fuel from outside countries, often non-oil-producers like Spain, at a mark-up. While the country has earned an estimated $280 billion from oil exports over the past thirty years, its government has invested little in expanding or maintaining refining capacity in recent years. Another issue is poor security. Attacks on pipelines and other facilities, mostly by locals upset with their share of oil revenues from the Niger Delta, are common occurrences.
wow, so spain (communist) gets to make the money from nigeria... venezuela, russia, and opec nations make up the lion share of the oil...
The cost of crude oil has hit $80 per barrel, nearly quadruple what it was in 2002, and is predicted by some experts to go as high as $100 per barrel in the next few years. Yet, so far there has been no global recession. That, however, is small solace to the hundreds of millions around the world facing higher costs for transporting goods, commuting to work, or heating homes and offices. Globally, escalating oil demand has resulted in a large redistribution of wealth from energy importers to energy producers, whose current account surplus has soared in recent years. Saudi Arabia alone has been reported a surplus of $76 billion for 2006.
[do note that its hard to know peak oil if all these countries manipulate their quantities, and productions to facilitate inflated prices of natural materials. given it takes so few to do this work, the majority of their populations suffer in poverty. russia included]
A little-known quasi-cartel already exists. The Gas Exporting Countries' Forum (GECF), which first met in Tehran in May 2001, consists of 15 gas-producing nations. It collectively controls 73 percent of the world's natural-gas reserves and 41 percent of production. Algeria was one of the founding members of GECF, along with Iran and Russia.
its VERY clear why bhutto was killed, and everyone missed it because it was past those limits i mentioned above. that we have grown past the age of the past and into a new age. but the new age is not less of this it is more of this since its ruled by pragmatism, which dethroned morals, making this acceptable to more common thought.
bhutto would get in the way of hegemony in natural gas AND a new hegemony in oil by fouling up or controlling pipeline delivery of oil and natural gas to india and china.
the west is being painted into a corner, and their populations have been reduced and made weak. after all, better to confront a weak and cornered beast than a strong one.
ever see them 'break' horses?