Friday, November 20, 2015


MintPress News: Migrant Crisis & Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines

This article by Mnar Muhawesh in MintPress News cannot really be snipped. It is so much more than a short excerpt can convey. Read it at the link below. Besides, you’ll want to see how the statements in the snip are supported. It is exceptionally well written.

So, let’s get one thing straight: This is not about religion. It might be convenient to say that Arabs or Muslims kill each other, and it’s easy to frame these conflicts as sectarian to paint the region and its people as barbaric. But this Orientalist, overly simplistic view of conflict in the Middle East dehumanizes the victims of these wars to justify direct and indirect military action.

If the truth was presented to the public from the perspective that these wars are about economic interests, most people would not support any covert funding and arming of rebels or direct intervention. In fact, the majority of the public would protest against war. But when something is presented to the public as a matter of good versus evil, we are naturally inclined to side with the “good” and justify war to fight off the supposed “evil.”

The political rhetoric has been carefully crafted to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. Ultimately, no matter the agendas, the alliances or instability brought on by foreign meddling, the calls for freedom, democracy and equality that erupted in 2011 were real then and they’re real today. And let’s not forget that the lack of freedom, democracy and equality have been brought on more by foreign meddling to prop up brutal dictators and arm terror groups than by self-determination.

[MintPress News, Migrant Crisis & Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines, 9/9/2015 and updated]


Has there ever been a conflict that was basically over an economic issue?

Correction to my previous post. I believe that most, if not all conflicts have economic issues at work.

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