The “drums of war” have begun to sound. The region in question is the northern parts of Iraq and Syria, more especially on Kurdish regions. Washington has put in motion the creation of a new state, with Mosul as its center.
There are six major power centers in the world today. Washington, London, Moscow, Beijing, Riyadh, and Iran.
In rank of power, they are the USA, Russia, China, Britain (+Israel), Saudi Arabia ( + Turkey &the Arab Coalition), and Iran (+Iraq +Syria).
- Russia and China are allied to the Iran bloc.
- Saudi Arabia is allied with Turkey and the Arab coalition.
- Israel and Britain
No 3 is sometime allied with the Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Arab Coalition, until such time as their interests are served. But this is not a permanent alliance, rather a very, very temporary one. Israel is expected to dump the Arab coalition once its control of the Gazan gas fields, the Golan Heights oil and gas fields, and finally the oil of Mosul region is firmly under its control.
- The USA is not allied to any single group. Washington’s aim is to see all these three groups to fight it out, and bleed themselves on the forthcoming battle for control of northern Syria and central and northern Iraq. Let us see what is at stake for each of these power-blocs.
“The Great Game”
The title “Great Game” is a term that originates from the struggle, in the 19th century, between Britain and Czarist Russia to control significant portions of Eurasia. In reality, the “great Game” was a struggle for control of a vast geographical area that included Tibet, the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, Iran, and the Caucasus. It was London that was pushing to enter, and take control, of these regions. A 21st Century version of the “great Game” is being played once again for control of the same regions, but with more players, and with greater intensity.
The Mediterranean Sea ;
The Mediterranean has become an extension to the dangerous international rivalries for control of Central Asian, Caucasian, and Middle Eastern energy resources. Libya, Algeria, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Gaza are all Arab countries bordering the Mediterranean.
Libya supplies gas to the EU through the Greenstream Pipeline which connects Sicily via an undersea route in the Mediterranean. And we saw what happened to Libya.
Algeria supplies gas to the EU through the trans-Mediterranean Pipeline which runs through Tunisia, to Sicily , and onto the EU via Algerian energy infrastructure. Russia and Gazprom are now spearheading a move to bring Algeria into its orbit in order to establish a gas cartel. This would leverage and greatly influence Russia’s control over global energy corridors and European energy supplies.
Algeria began to experience its first signs of internal troubles in June 2015, when the Algerian President began making major changes in the security and military domains, by re-shuffling senior officers. This was in addition to the “message” sent to the Algerians by Washington, in August 2013, when an Al Qaeda force attacked the Al-Amenas gas complex in southern Algeria. The “message” was ‘ don’t get involved in the Nigeria-EU gas pipeline route promoted by Gazprom, which was to run through Algeria. We will wait and see how the Algerian scenario plays out in 2016, and the next few years.
EU energy security would be under tighter control from Russia and its allies (Iran, Iraq and Syria) because of their control over the geo-strategic energy routes.
However, the creation of these energy corridors and networks is like a two-edged sword. These geo-strategic fulcrums or energy pivots can also switch their directions of leverage. Do note that this infrastructure integration also leads to economic integration. If other factors in the geo-political equations are changed or manipulated, Washington might wield control over these routes.
If regime change were initiated in Algeria (starting soon in 2016), Libya (already done), Egypt (tried and failed), Syria (still trying), Lebanon (still trying), Iran, Ukraine ( already done), China, Russia, or one of the Central Asian republics; then the energy network being consolidated and strengthened , could be obstructed and ruined. That is why Washington have been desperately promoting overt and covert revolutions in all these regions. This energy grid is almost the equivalent , in regards to energy security, of a “Unipolar World”, but only not in Washington’s favor.
It was also in the Mediterranean Sea that the geo-strategic idea of sea-power versus land-power that was first observed by Halford Mackinder first came into play. He said that as rival powers, as they expand, would compete for dominance in a certain area, and as they reached maritime areas, this competition would eventually be taken to the seas as both powers would try and turn that maritime area into a lake under their own total control. This is what the Romans did to the Mediterranean Sea. It was only once a victor emerged from these competitions that the emphasis on naval power would decline in the maritime areas.
The First World War was a war between “ Islanders” (Britain, the US, Canada, Australia and Japan) and “ Continentals” ( Eurasians – Germany, Austro-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire ). It was dominant sea-power that won the First World War (1914-1918).
Likewise, the Second World War (1939-1945). Fought between a maritime power (the US and its allies) against land -power ( Germany and Italy). Once again, it was a maritime power that won.
Now, we are headed into the Third World War – some say it has already started , in baby-steps . Arrayed on one side are the Maritime powers of the US, Britain and Japan, versus the Continental or Land Powers of Russia and China , along with France and Germany. The prize ? The vast wealth and energy resources of the “Center” (the Middle East , Caucasus, and Central Asia).
Naval power has clearly had a cutting edge over land-power in establishing empires. Nations such as Britain, France, Portugal, and Spain are all examples of nations that became empires at sea, or maritime powers. Through the control of the seas, an island- nation with no land borders with a rival can invade and eventually expand into a rival’s territory.
The Anglo-American alliance and their allies represent maritime power, while the Eurasian-based counter-alliance , based around the nucleus of a Russian-Chinese-Iranian coalition, represent land-power.
It can also be observed that historically Eurasian economies did not require far-reaching trade and could exist within a smaller geographic trading area, while the economies of the maritime-powers such as Britain, the US, and Japan (also called “trade-dependent” maritime realms) have depended on maritime and international trade for economic survival. If the Eurasians were to exclude the US and Britain from the trade and economic system of the Eurasia mainland, then there would be grave economic consequences for these two nations. Two blocs have emerged, and have manifested themselves in similarity to Mackinder’s Islander versus Continental scheme ; a Eurasian-based bloc and a naval-based , maritime bloc based on the fringes of Euriasia as well as North America and Australia. This latter bloc is NATO and its network of regional military alliances, while the former is the counter-alliance formed by the Russia- China- coalition as its nucleus.
Let us do a quick review of the strategic interests of each of the main players, starting with Turkey.
The discovery in 2010 of a huge natural gas bonanza off Israel’s Mediterranean shores triggered other neighboring countries to look more closely at their own waters. The results revealed that the entire eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves. That discovery is having enormous political, geopolitical, economic, and military consequences. Countries that have found recently found oil and gas include Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Greece, and Cyprus.
Turkey has previously stated that it would consider it an act of war if Greece drilled further into the Aegean Sea. Until now that did not seem to have serious economic consequences, as no oil or gas reserves were known. Now, it’s an entirely different ballgame. Since 2011, Turkish war planes have intruded many times into Greek air-space, warning the Greeks not to go ahead with any drilling in the Aegean.
In July 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew to Athens with Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy , Richard Morningstar. The topic was energy. Morningstar is one of Washington’s strategic operatives in the geopolitical battles to dismember the Soviet Union and surround Russia with hostile pro-Nato former states of the USSR. His geopolitically-motivated oil and gas pipeline projects would isolate Russia and its Gazprom gas resources from the EU. In short, Morningstar is a US specialist in economic warfare against Russian energy diplomacy. He was one of the main architects behind the destabilization of Nigeria, Chad, Libya, Algeria(coming soon), Syria, and Ukraine.
Washington’s motive for pushing Greece to join forces with Turkey on oil and gas is to force a formula to divide the resulting revenues; Washington proposed that Greece gets 20%, Turkey 20%, and Houston-based Noble Energy gets 60%. Noble which successfully drilled in the Israeli and Greek offshore waters is within the Rockefeller orbit.
And Some Cyprus Complications . . . :
As if these geopolitical complications were not enough, Nobel Energy, has also discovered huge volumes of gas off the waters of the Republic of Cyprus. In December 2011, Nobel announced a successful well offshore Cyprus estimated to hold some 250 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
Cyprus is a complicated piece of real estate. In 1974, then Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger gave the go-ahead to Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit (a former Harvard student of Kissinger) to invade Cyprus. This effectively partitioned the island between an ethnically Turkish north and an ethnically Greek south, a division which remains. The Kissinger strategy, backed by the British, was intended to create a pretext for a permanent US-British military listening post in the eastern Mediterranean during the Cold war.
Today, the ethnically Greek south, where Noble has discovered large gas deposits, is a member of the EU. Its President, Demetris Christofias, is the only national leader in the EU who is a communist. He is also a close friend of Israel and Russia. In addition, he is a major critic of Washington and Turkey.
Now Israel is planning to build an underwater gas pipeline from the Israeli Lavantine fields across Cyprus waters onto the Greek mainland where it would be sold on the EU market. This would leave Turkey out in the cold. Turkey openly threatened Cyprus for signing the agreement with Nobel Energy. That led to a Russian statement that it would not tolerate Turkish threats against Cyprus, further complicating Turkish-Russian relations.
Turkish-Israeli relations, once quite friendly, have become increasingly strained in recent years. Turkey has expressed concern about Israel’s recent ties with its historic antagonists, Greece and the Greek side of Cyprus. This is in addition to Turkey’s fears of the Israeli-Kurdistan links.
It becomes evident, especially when we glance at the map of the eastern Mediterranean, that the oil and gas bonanza there is a rapidly unfolding conflict of tectonic magnitude involving strategic US, Russia, Israeli, Turkish, Syria and Lebanese interests.
Turkey & Israel :
Ever since Erdogan was elected as Prime Minister, Turkey has been on the path of rapid Islamization, at the same time intensifying its anti-Israeli rhetoric. In 2009, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was an ugly skirmish between Israeli President Shimon Peres and himself, after which Erdogan left the room.
The second circumstance was the occupation of Iraq by NATO troops in 2003. Here, Turkey refused to allow the US to invade Iraq from Turkey. This war on Iraq completely undermined the relations between Turkey and Israel, as Tel Aviv, to the fury and anger of Turkey, began to provide financial and military support to the Kurds of Iraq.
Finally, there was a complete diplomatic break between Turkey and Israel, after a deadly confrontation in 2010 between Israeli soldiers and activists on the Turkish passenger ship “Mavi Marmara” of the “Freedom Flotilla”, which sought to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Turkey Mends fences:
Ever since Russia imposed sanctions on Turkey after it shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber on the Turkish-Syrian bomber, on November 24, Erdogan has urgently sought opportunities to develop relations with other countries in the region. Firstly, it is dictated by the economic loss from Russian economic sanctions, and the desire to diversify energy supplies to Turkey, which it desperately needs, and in doing so to become less dependent on Russia.
On December 11, Erdogan paid visits to Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, hoping to secure gas supplies, and to speed up the proposed pipeline projects, mainly the Trans Anatolian Pipeline , or TAP.
On December 10, Turkey moved troops and tanks to a village not far from Mosul, in northern Iraq; with the aim to secure the energy resources of the Mosul-Kirkuk area. Its “on the ground proxy force “ – ISIS, is being slowly eliminated.
On December 15, Turkey announced that it has been granted a base in Qatar, which would host a military force of 3,000 troops. The reason for this is two-fold : First is to provide a protection force for Qatar (from Iran), and secondly, to let the Americans , British and Mosciw know that Turkey is now a serious player, and is prepared to protect its move into northern Iraq’s energy resource region.
Simultaneously, the Turkish government has decided to reconsider the relations with Israel that were severed five years ago, and revive the old idea of placing a gas pipeline through Turkey to export Israeli gas to Europe. Ankara is clearly hoping that Israel has a lot to offer : its gas fields may become a new source of energy; Israel could become a powerful regional counterweight to the resurgent Iran – a phenomenon feared by all the other Sunni powers. In addition, Turkey is clearly interested in balancing the axis of “Russia-Cyprus-Egypt” in the Mediterranean.
Against this backdrop, on December 16, in an atmosphere of total secrecy, negotiations were held in Zurich, Switzerland, which was attended by the Under Secretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Feridan Sinirlioglu, as well as the recently appointed new head of the Mossad –Yossi Cohen, and Joseph Ciechanover – Netanyahu’s special envoy on Turkish matters.
Turkey and Israel reached an agreement and are expected to fully restore diplomatic relations after five years of the “Ice Age”. Part of this deal will result in Israel granting a $20 million compensations to the victims of the Mavi Marmara. It is also remarkable that Tel Aviv finally approved a long-awaited deal, which will enable the US-Israeli partnership to develop the Levantine and Tamar gas fields. This allows Turkey to hope for the possibility to receive gas from Israel in the near future. This, once again, undercuts Russia’s ability to supply gas to Turkey and the EU. It also undercuts the Iran-Iraq-Syria gas deal, to supply both Turkey and Europe. One can now understand the indecent haste of the White House to express approval of this agreement between Turkey and Israel.
With Russia reclaiming the Crimea, bolstering Syria, and renewing relations with Egypt, are all moves to keep the Russian presence in the Mediterranean, something Washington and Israel cannot allow.
Today, the US-backed wars in Ukraine and Syria are but two fronts in the same strategic war to cripple Russia and China, and to rupture any Eurasian counter-pole to a US-controlled New World Order. In each, control of energy pipelines , this time primarily of natural gas pipelines from Russia to the EU via Ukraine; and from Iran and Syria to the EU via Syria – is the strategic goal.
In a narrow sense, as Washington sees it, who controls Syria could control the Middle East. And from Syria, gateway to Asia, he will hold the key to Russia, as well as China via the Silk Road.
Religious wars have historically been the most savage of all wars and this one is no exception. With one exception; religion is used as a cover for geopolitical ends. The brilliant tacticians in all the six centers of power are unable to look at the inter-connectedness of all the disorder and destruction they foment. Instead, they are looking beyond their visions of control of the energy flows as the basis of their power- legitimate or not. They are planting the seeds of their own destruction in the end.
Saudi Arabia :
Relations between Riyadh and Washington deteriorated from the end of 1999, until Obama took office. Since then, there has been a slight improvement, until July 2013. This was when Washington informed King Abdullah that US protection of Saudi Arabia’s eastern oilfields has come to an end.
From 2009, the US has begun ramping up production of its oil and gas, thus reducing reliance on its imported energy supplies. Where Washington used to look at Saudi Arabia as a valuable oil supplier, now the situation is changing. Washington’s aim is to totally abandon reliance on imported energy supplies by 2020.
As the political dynamics of the world is changing, so are Washington’s objectives and goals in the Middle East. In the past 35 years, the Arab world has been destroyed by the US. Today, it is marked by chaos, anarchy and bloodshed. A new plan drafter for the White House by Rockefeller think tanks implies no reliance on former allies like Saudi Arabia, or Egypt. Instead Washington is going to seek the establishment of two centers of power – a Shia Iran and a Sunni Turkey that will compete for dominance in the chaos-riddled region.
The US plan to redraw the Middle East and achieve a transformation of the Arabian Peninsula is hardly a secret for anyone since it was revealed back in 2006. According to this plan drafted by Ralph Peters, the Saudi Kingdom is to be divided into three parts : the “Islamic Vatican “ in Mecca, Medina and Jeddah; the center which has no value and is a bare desert; and the ultimate morsel – the eastern oilfields, a region dominated by the Shias, which will become a Shia republic.
An announcement , in November, of this fact by the Saudi Shia cleric, al Nimr, was the reason for his execution.
Riyadh perceives Washington’s policy of normalizing relations with Teheran as the beginning of a new stage of transformation of the geopolitical structure of the Middle East. Riyadh realizes the danger that in the near future Iran could militarily and economically reach the position of a regional superpower, one which Riyadh cannot afford to ignore. Saudi Arabia knows full well that once everything is set and done with Tehran, the US will withdraw back to the Western Hemisphere, and leave the region for the taking, and Iran would need little time to exploit this fact.
Saudi diplomats have already been instructed to limit their contacts with their American counterparts to the necessary minimum. This break with Washington gained momentum after the death of King Abdullah, and the assumption of King Salman to the throne. The “old guard” in Riyadh, that was closely tied to Washington are out. The new guard now in office are very pragmatic and hostile to Washington.
It was with all these factors in mind – especially the active involvement of Russian air power in Syria, that Riyadh announced a formation of a 100,000 man Arab Coalition force. A part of this force would be stationed in the southern region bordering Yemen, while upwards of 75,000 troops would be sent into Anbar province in central Iraq. This aim of this force will be to target the Iraqi popular militia, along with Iran’s proxies in Anbar.
Look at the map. The original gas pipeline running from Qatar, to Jordan, to Syria has been cancelled. A new route is now in place.
This would run from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, and into Iraq. In Iraq, it would go through Anbar province. And from there into Turkey through the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq. Turkey has already placed troops at the Kurdish end of this proposed pipeline.
Turkey, since the beginning of December 2015, has been using military force in clearing the Kurdish populations of south eastern Turkey where this pipeline would run through. Over the past six weeks, the Turkish military attack upon their own Kurdish peoples has caused over 200,000 of these citizens to flee their homes , while the rampage is going on. As one Western official in Turkey has warned , “ Things are reaching a critical point, and it’s not clear where things are heading”.
The Iranian response:
In an interview conducted by Veterans Today, with Nouri Maliki, Iraq’s former Prime Minister, the following are parts of his remarks ;
Maliki : “ The US has been blocking Iraq’s efforts to take Ramadi (a key city in Anbar province). There is a reason for this; the US plans to keep Anbar as a buffer region, totally under US control.
VT: “ Who is backing the US in this stance ?”
Maliki : “ Certainly the Kurds are but the US also has strong support from the Saudis. These are groups that are willing to accept the breakup of Iraq, and now seem to be aligning themselves in that direction. “
VT : “ What do you think about current Turkish moves against Iraq ?”
Maliki : “ I believe the Turkish base in Mosul, supported by US Special Forces, aims to cut communications between Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Kirkuk’s oil will fall under Turkish control through the Kurds- it’s one of the largest oil fields, and the real financial goal of the combined US and Turkish moves into Iraq. A key concern is the historically unreliable Kurdish leadership that is continually running to Erdogan like lapdogs.”
Maliki has confirmed that Baghdad is deeply upset with America’s continued support of Turkish intentions, and its complicity with the jihadist forces in the region.
Intelligence services are aware that military operations in Syria will witness a dramatic shift as Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have taken a step forward towards direct involvement in the embattlement. The Iranians will be engaged in urban combat, armed with untraditional weapons including SAM missiles, drones, artillery, and heavy weapons.
The Russian response :
On December 24, 2015, President Putin has issued orders to the military authorizing military and intelligence forces to protect the Kurdish peoples of Turkey-Syria-Iraq against “all threats “ and “at all costs” as these besieged peoples are now under “existential threat” of extermination by Turkey – and which is an action many in the West are warning may trigger the “war of the century.”
If Moscow does support these Kurdish forces against Turkey, then Turkey’s domestic problems will come to a new level and submerge that country into full chaos, especially if Putin begins supplying Kurd forces with the heavy weapons they have requested. Russia knows exactly how to push an opponent’s geopolitical buttons. Putin is an intelligence officer. He headed up the Russian intelligence services prior to becoming Russia’s leader. He is a super smart operator – not for nothing is he called the “Eurasian Grand Chess Master” !
As an old Russian saying goes : “ If you invite a bear to dance, it is not you who decides when the dance is over. It is the bear. “
In that same order which Putin issued to his military, Turkey has now being named a “belligerent hostile threat” to Russia, citing the shoot-down of the SU-24 Russian bomber, and Turkey’s assistance in stealing oil from Iraq and Syria.
Russian energy giant Gazprom Neft is planning on drilling its first exploratory oil well in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2016. Putin notes that Turkey’s stealing of oil from Iraq with the assistance of jihadi forces is, in fact, the same thing as stealing from Russia.
Just days prior to Putin issuing his order to the Russian Military, he also presented this to Saudi Arabia, and the GCC countries, a “grave warning” that should any of them continue in their current war actions supporting either Turkey, or the Jihadist forces, they would face immediate Russian retribution.
In fact, a few days later, the first of these shots was fired by Russian intelligence services working with the Syrian Army Special Forces. Saudi Arabia’s main “on the ground” point man in Syria, Zahran Alloush, was killed on the outskirts of Damascus. This will have major implications for the future of the war in Syria. For now, one thing is certain : this assassination marks a major turning point in this bloody 5 year old war.
Russia then contacted the Taliban in Afghanistan. The aim was to share intelligence with the Taliban in order to neutralize the ISIS force making a strong appearance in Afghanistan. And here, China is stepping into the act as well.
From Russia’s point of view, It has no choice but to crush the western sponsored Jihadist groups from gaining ground in northern Iraq. A failure to stop them there will lead into a spillover into Azerbaijan, and from there into Dagestan and the Caucasus. This will expose Russia’s soft southern underbelly to destabilization by Washington. Russia cannot have a new battlefront on its southern flanks, if it has to survive as an independent sovereign nation.
The Chinese Response:
China has a growing economy which needs ever larger amounts of energy. Its main transportation routes have been by sea. With the US threatening to cut off China’s access to the Middle East, Beijing has been furiously investing in oil and gas fields of the Middle East and the Central Asian republics. It has purchased stakes in many fields. And built pipelines to transport this oil and gas overland, from Central Asia to China. The main routes runs through its western most province of Xinjiang. This a Muslim majority populated province. Its ethnic group are known as the Uighers.
Many Uigher fighters now in Syria are known to be members of the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement – an often violent separatist organization that seeks to establish an Islamic Uigher state in Xinjiang. The CIA is actively involved in breaking up and destabilizing Xinjiang, to ensure no new pipelines are built from Central Asia into China. The CIA’s proxies will act as a “blocking force”, in the area. The fact that they have been aided by Turkish intelligence to move from China into Syria through Turkey has caused a tremendous amount of tension between the intelligence services of China and Turkey. China is concerned that the Turkish role of supporting Uigher fighters in Syria may be extended in the future to support the agenda of both Turkey and Washington in Xinjiang.
China is an ally of Syria. It has committed more than $30 billion to postwar reconstruction in Syria. China is worried about its global strategic positioning, and the threat from Jihadist forces in Xinjiang province, bordering Central Asia. Xinjiang borders eight nations – Mongolia, Russia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Xinjiang, in China’s view, serves as a funnel for terrorism within China. Were Xinjiang to be destabilized by Islamic groups, this will have the effect of cutting off China’s overland access to the energy resources of Central Asia. This would, in turn, force China back onto the maritime route, which is dominated by the US Navy. China does not want to be at the mercy of Washington in this regard.
On 30 November, Chinese President XI Jinping made a vow to Russian President Putin, that his nation would work to take on a broader role in the international war against terrorism, and that China would be at Russia’s disposal to aid in this matter.
On December 27, 2015, China has secured the permission of Damascus to begin pouring troops into the war zone of northern Iraq and northern Syria ! A total of 5,000 of its most elite military forces – the “Siberian Tigers” and the “Night Tigers” should be arriving in the region by the end of this month (Jan 2016). This is a game-changing equation. It is the first time in 600 years that China has posted troops outside its borders.
In the last week of December, Putin’s special envoy Alexander Lavrentyev visited and informed various Middle East nations of Russia’s new alliance with China against Turkey and the US. It is also preparing for the worst, which is why the Western Military district, encompassing Russia’s borders with Europe, was put on alert on December 27. This district is equipped with the Iskander M tactical ballistic missile. Does the Kremlin know something that we don’t?.
The near –future:
Every major power center in the world have drawn lines in the sand, in respect of the situation on the ground in Mosul and Syria. The stakes are very high. Whoever loses here, in the forthcoming fist-fight, will most likely see the dissolution of their country in the long term. Thus, for every player involved, the stakes on the coming showdown are a matter of life and death for their respective nations.
And, finally, what about America?
The US has played the region’s actors skillfully, and by moving the chess pieces in a way to ensure the best outcome for itself. America has no real allies in this battle. Washington has withdrawn from this forthcoming fist-fight. It has retreated to the Western Hemisphere, and will let all the major and minor powers bleed themselves to death. When all is over, they will re-insert themselves back into the region, and pick up the pieces, and lord it over the rest of the world. It is following the exact same scenario that applied in both the World Wars.
The future and well-being of mankind rests on how this forthcoming battle ends. All the ingredients are in place to detonate World War 3. It just needs a few more miscalculations on the ground.
While the nations involved here are busy preparing their military and intelligence forces, the war has shifted to a new battle front. This is the world of economics and finance. It is all inter-linked, in a way that will show that both London and New York are gone beyond desperate to hang onto their declining empires. In many ways, the threat emanating from the financial side of this war is more lethal to you, and especially your money. Wars and conflicts may be in far away regions, but the bank and the supermarket is right next door to you.
And this is to follow in the next part of this issue.