Between 1990 and 1991, the Us had managed to regain its military prestige – destroyed by Vietnam. This was the 2nd Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein of Iraq invaded Kuwait; and the subsequent defeat of Iraq by a colalition with the US as its leader.
Immediately after that, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. It had broken up into 15 separate countries. Russia was the largest of these. It was also the largest country in the world, spanning 11 time zones. Rich in resources, it was also the only nuclear power on earth capable of challenging the US. It had to be destroyed.
Between 1991 and 1999, Russia degenerated into a semi-failed state. It was looted systematically by the Anglo-American financier elite, and it was a shadow of its former self. With the emergence of Vladimir Putin as its new head of state, Russia began to turn itself around. Rising energy prices helped this process greatly.
In the meantime, there were still several issues to sort out. The first was the breakup and dissolution of Yugoslavia. It had to be neutralized as successful economic model. A state-based economic entity. This was not on. It had to be shown to the rest of the emerging countries of Eastern Europe that this model was no good. These new countries had to move to a “market-based” economy, in which finance, and not the state calls the shots. And all of this was tied to London and New York.
The controversial piece of real estate today called Kosovo was a part of Yugoslavia and tied to Serbia until the NATO bombing campaign in 1999 demolished what remained of Serbia, and opened the way for the US to carve up the former Yugoslavia into tiny independent states.
Kosovo is a tiny parcel of land in one of the most strategic locations of Europe from a geopolitical standpoint of the US military objective of controlling oil flows and political developments from the oil-rich Middle East to Russia and Western Europe. By declaring its independence, washington gains a weak state which it can fully control. So long as it remained a part of Serbia (allied to Russia), that NATO military control would be politically insecure.
US military control of Kosovo serves several purposes for Washington’s greater geo-strategic agenda. First, it enables greater US control over potential oil and gas pipeline routes into the EU from the Caspian and Middle East as well as control of the transportation corridors linking the EU to the Black Sea.
It also protects the multi-billion dollar heroin trade which has grown to record dimensions since the the US occupation of Afganistan. Kosovo and Albania are major heroin transit routes into Europe. Its a well known fact that the government is in fact run by Kosovo Albanian organised crime, headed by one Hashim Thaci, aka the Snake. A Kosovo run internally by organised criminal networks is easy for NATO to control. It ensures a weak state which is far easier to bring under NATO domination. Combined with NATO control over Afghanistan, the Pentagon is building a web of encirclement around Russia, that is anything but peaceful.
These energy-rich regions of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were to provide the oil for the pipelines. Now, comes the interesting part. All the pipeline networks existing in these areas went through Russia. New York did not want to give control of these new pipelines to Russia. The other alternative was to route such pipelines south through Iran. Also a no-go for New York. And finally, a new line to be built from Turkmenistan, going south through Afghanistan to the Pakistani port of Ghwadar. And from there it would be shipped to the customers.
Now that Kosova was secured, the next step was to go ahead and build a pipeline from Baku to Ceyhan, vua Tiblisi. The BTC pipeline. Prior to this, a war had to fought between New York and Moscow over this.
A fierce diplomatic struggle ensued from 1993 about a new pipeline route from Baku. Moscow wanted it to be routed north through Chechnya, going to a Russian port on the Black sea- Novossibirsk. New York and London said no. To re-inforce their position, the intelligence networks of the Anglo-American financier elite, went into action. The CIA, British Intelligence MI6, and the Mossad caused a pretext for a war between Russia and the Chechen independence fighters. Chechnya was imbued with a need to gain independence from Russia. Russia said no. A war broke out. Russia invaded Grozny in December 1994. And was promptly defeated. This route was now as good as dead.
A short while later,construction began on this pipeline. Completed in early 2005, the first oil began to flow, and tankers began loading up this oil in October 2005. A million barrels per day.
This whole episode shook the Russian leadership to its core. The nationalist faction in Moscow told Yeltsin that the state of affairs is not good for Russia, and Russia’s future survival is at stake, if they remain quiet. Something had to be done.
The BTC Pipeline:
This 1,762 km long pipeline cost $3.6bln, making it one of the mosr expensive oil projects ever. The Baku-Ceyhan pipeline was originally proclaimed by BP and its consortium, as the Project of the Century. Zbigniew Brzezinski(ZB) was a consultant to BP, and he was the one who negotiated the deal with the then Azeri President Haider Aliyev.
ZB also sits on the board of an impressive, if little-known US-Azerbaijan Chamber Of Commerce(USAAC). The chairman of USAAC in Washington is Tim Cejka, President of ExxonMobil Exploration. Other USAAC board members include Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, and Dick Cheney. A more high-powered Washington team of geo-political fixers would be hard to imagine. This group of prominent individuals would not give a minute of their time unless an area was of utmost geopolitical strategic importance to the US or its supreme financial overlord, David Rockefeller
Ceyhan is conveniently near the US airbase at Incirlik. As the political makeup of the Central asian region is complex, especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union opened up a scramble in the oil-rich region of the Caspian from the outside, above all from the US, it is important to bear in mind the major power blocs which have emerged.
They are two. On one side is an alliance oh US-Turkey-Azerbaijaan-Georgia, that small country that sits directly on the pipeline route. Opposed to it in terms of where the pipeline route carrying Caspian oil should go is Russia, which until 1990 held control over the entire Caspian outside the Iran littoral. Today, Russia has cultivated an uneasy but definite alliance with Iran and Armenia, in opposition to the US-led group. This two-camp is essential to understand developments in the region since 1991.
The Pentagon lready de facto runs Georgia. Now Washington wants to have direct bases in Azerbaijan in close proximity to Russia as well as to Iran. In all this maneuvering from the side of the US, the strategic issue of geopolitical control over Eurasia looms large. The current US strategy targets many Eurasian former Soviet republics which have no known oil or gas reserves. What they do have is strategic military or geopolitical significance for the US policy of dominating Eurasia.
The policy has China as its geopolitical, economic and military fulcrum. A look at the Eurasian map and at the target countries for various US-sponsored Color revolutions makes this clear. To the east of the Caspian sea, the US in one degree or another today controls Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan and Kazakstan. These serve as a potential US-coontrlled barrier or buffer zone between Chaina and Russian, Caspian and Iranian energy sources. Washington is out to deny China easy land access to either Russia, the Middle East or to the oil and gas fields of the Caspian region.
The one power in Eurasia that has the potential to create a strategic combination which could checkmate US global domination is China. However, China has an Achilles Heel, which the US understands all to well – oil. In Nobember 1993, China became a net importer of oil. Today China is the second-largest importer behind the US. China’s energy demand is growing at the rate of more than 30% per annum. China is feverishly been trying to secure lomg-term oil and gas supplies, especially since the Iraq war made clear to China that the US was out to control and militarise most of the world’s oil and gas sources.
A close look at the map of Eurasia begins to suggest what is so vital here for China, and therefore For the US’s future domination of Eurasia. The goal is not only strategic encirclement of Russia through a series of NATO bases from Camp Bondsteel in Kosova to Poland, to Georgia, and Ukraine, which would enable NATO to control energy ties between Russia and the EU.
Washingtom policy now encompasses a series of soft coup projects which would strategically cut China off from access to the vital energy resources of the Caspian, including Kazakstan. The earlier Asian Great Silk Route trade routes went through Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Almaty in Kazakstan for geographically obvious reasons, in a region surrounded by major mountain ranges. Geopolitical control of Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan would enable control of any potential pipeline routes between China and Central Asia just as the encirclement of Russia controls pipeline and other ties between it and western Europe,China, India and the Mideast.