- Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.
- Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.
- Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars
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Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.
Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves (1.4 trillion cubic feet valued at $4 Trillion).
Nafeez Ahmed, Guardian (UK)
A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP
Wednesday 9 July 2014 | Yesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation "won't end in just a few days," he said, adding that "we are preparing to expand the operation by all means standing at our disposal so as to continue striking Hamas."
This morning, he said:
"We continue with strikes that draw a very heavy price from Hamas. We are destroying weapons, terror infrastructures, command and control systems, Hamas institutions, regime buildings, the houses of terrorists, and killing terrorists of various ranks of command… The campaign against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organization will pay will be very heavy."
Nafeez Ahmed is a bestselling author, investigative journalist and international security scholar. He writes for the Guardian on the geopolitics of environmental, energy and economic crises on his Earth insight blog.
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Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars
Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.
Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch.com
09 July, 2014 | Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics -- notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.
In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples. In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others. It would be easy to attribute all this to age-old hatreds, as suggested by many analysts; but while such hostilities do help drive these conflicts, they are fueled by a most modern impulse as well: the desire to control valuable oil and natural gas assets. Make no mistake about it, these are twenty-first-century energy wars.
Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His newest book, The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, has just recently been published.
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