[ Ed. note – A lot of people have been predicting lately that the world is headed now for a major war. The latest seems to be F. William Engdahl. Personally, my own take on all this is that yes, there most likely is a war coming, but that “no one knows the day or the hour,” as the saying goes. (That would apply also to those working in subterfuge to egg it on.) Still it’s a piece worth reading. Engdahl offers an analysis of the recently-approved UN Security Council resolution on Syria that it’s a trap being laid by NATO. ]
By F. William Engdahl
We’re about to be plunged into a new oil war in the Middle East, this one with a possible nuclear dimension. Wars for control of oil have been instigated for more than a century since the dawn of the petroleum era around the time of the First World War. This war for control of oil, however, promises to be of a scale that will change world politics in a spectacular and highly destructive manner.
It is on one level, a Saudi war to redraw the national borders of the infamous Anglo-French Sykes-Picot carve-up of the bankrupt Ottoman Turkish Empire of 1916. This new war has as its foolish goal bringing the oil fields and pipeline routes of Iraq and Syria, and perhaps more of the region, under direct Saudi control, with Qatar and Erdogan’s Turkey as Riyadh’s partners in crime. Unfortunately, as in all wars, there will be no winners.