The war in the Georgian province of South Ossetia is a
classic superpower proxy war, pitting an aggressively US-backed regime, a
member of NATO�s regional GUUAM (Georgia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,
Moldava) military alliance, against Russia. It is being waged over control of
the Caspian Sea, the region in which the third largest oil reserves can be
found. The control over this region holds one of the most important keys to
While incendiary propaganda, coded rhetoric (claims over
South Ossetia, genocide, �democracy,� etc.) fly back and forth, the actual
geostrategic agenda, the energy stakes over which the world powers have engaged
in mortal superpower combat (as usual, with millions of innocent civilians used
as cannon fodder) remain largely unreported and unaddressed.
A look at the map tells the story. It is taking place in the
resource-rich and strategically critical Caucasus/Black Sea region, the same
region of the 1990s US/NATO war on the Balkans, led by the Clinton
The stakes involved with the current conflict are identical
to those of the previous war: control over the oil of the Caspian Sea/Black
Sea/Caucasus basin, and the control of multiple key oil pipelines
criss-crossing the region, including the Baku-Supsa and Baku-Ceyhan-Tblisi
routes through Georgia, the Baku-Novorossiyk pipeline (through Chechnya and
Dagestan), and others.
The most critical pipeline, the infamous Baku-Ceyhan
pipeline supported by the US government and a consortium of US-allied
transnational oil interests (including Royal Dutch Shell, Unocal, and BP) takes
oil from the Caspian Sea across Azerbaijan (another US-supported regime),
whereby it crosses Georgia (bypassing Iran and Russia), then on to the Black
Sea, where the oil is carried to Western Europe, and the rest of the world.
The Baku-Ceyhan pipeline has been viewed by the Bush/Cheney
administration as one of its brightest geostrategic successes. All of the
Anglo-American empire�s pipelines and oil facilities, including Baku-Ceyhan,
are threatened, if the conflict escalates.
Anglo-American machinations around the Caspian Sea
As pointed out by Michel Chossudovsky in his book America�s
�War on Terrorism,� (which details the continuum of Anglo-American war
policy from the 1990s Balkans/Kosovo/Yugoslavia conflict, to 9/11, to the
present), GUUAM, formed in 1999, has been �dominated by Anglo-American oil
interests, ultimately purports to exclude Russia from oil and gas deposits in
the Caspian area, as well as isolating Moscow politically.�
Concurrent with the formation of GUUAM, as pointed out by
Chossudovsky, Washington began its Silk Road Strategy foreign policy, or SRS,
designed specifically to promote the �independence� of �breakaway� republics in
Central Asia, and undermine and destabilize its competitors in the oil
business, including Russia, Iran and China.
As pointed out in the classic 1999 analysis of the Balkans
conflict by the late Karen Talbot, �Backing Up Globalization with Military
Might,� the New World Order�s onslaught was �related to the drive to extend and
protect the investments of transnational corporations in the Caspian Sea
region, especially the oil corporations,� while thwarting Russian and Chinese
designs on the same energy wealth.
SRS and GUUAM, embraced by both neoliberal and neocon
factions in Washington, led directly to 9/11, the �war on terrorism,� and the
conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq, under the Bush/Cheney administration.
Georgia: US-created, US-backed proxy
On a more local basis, Anglo-American machinations across
the GUUAM corridor have taken place for years under Bush/Cheney, from
militarization, covert operations and destabilizations leading to regime
changes (CIA-supported �color-coded revolutions,� manipulated elections), to
the literal bottom-up construction of pro-US/transnational corporation-friendly
�democracy� puppet governments, such as the Saakashvili regime.
As pointed out in the New York Times, �the United States did not merely
encourage Georgia�s young democracy, it helped militarize the weak Georgian
state . . . At senior levels, the United States helped rewrite the Georgian
military doctrine and train its commanders and staff officers. Georgia,
meanwhile, began re-equipping its forces -- with Israeli and U.S. firearms,
reconnaissance drones, communications and battlefield-management equipment, new
convoys of vehicles and stockpiles of ammunition . . . The public goal was to
nudge Georgia toward NATO military standards.� Georgia�s leader, Mikhail
Saakashvili, came to power in 2004, as a result of US covert operations.
South Ossetia, one of the so-called �breakaway� republics,
is claimed by US puppet, Georgia, but has resisted Georgian rule. The
Saakashvili government has attempted to seize South Ossetia for some time. In a
pattern similar to that set during the 1990s Balkans conflict, each side
accuses the other of genocide, atrocities and violations of international law.
What we are witnessing now is an overt and blunt Russian
military response to years of Anglo-American encroachment in the region, and
the prospect of a US/NATO-supported military force in South Ossetia, giving the
West more control of the Caspian Sea/Black Sea oil.
US versus Russia and China, all over the world
Many wonder if this conflict marks the beginning of World
War Three. The question itself is flawed. World war -- world resource warfare
-- between the Anglo-American empire and its allies, and its main superpower
adversaries, Russia and China, and its allies, has been continuous for decades.
This war of empire -- one war, the same war -- has been
waged on multiple levels, but it has been fought in absolute earnest during
Bush/Cheney, as energy scarcity, or Peak Oil and Gas, has manifested itself in
nightmarish fashion, overtly and tangibly. Every geostrategic event since World
War II has focused squarely around this paradigm. Analysis by Michael Klare,
author of Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict, and many others, has clearly spelled
Zbigniew Brzezinski�s imperial war playbook, The Grand
Chessboard, and the agendas of
PNAC and other neocon groups, have been even more blatant: control the Eurasian
sub-continent, the entire geography containing the majority of the world�s
known oil reserves, while encircling, blocking and destabilizing Russia and
China, and their allies.
The Anglo-American empire�s wars since the 1990s have been
sequential and overtly about oil and gas. The 1999 NATO war in the Balkans was
fought over the Caspian Sea basin, the location of the third-largest oil reserves.
The pipeline politics connected to the control and transport of Caspian Sea oil
led directly to the 9/11 event, and the resulting �war on terrorism� into
Afghanistan. The attempt to seize and control the second-largest oil reserves
led directly to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and a permanent military
foothold in the Middle East.
Conflict (economic, political and military) has broken out
over every piece of geography containing, or purporting to contain, oil, or
involving oil and energy: Nigeria, Iran, Sudan, the South China Sea, Algeria,
Darfur, Somalia, Chechnya, and even Canada. In all cases, the Anglo-American
empire has faced off against Chinese and Russian interests.
What is significant about the Georgian conflict is that for,
arguably, the first time since the so-called end of the Cold War, it is not the
Anglo-American empire unilaterally bombing, invading or occupying a politically
weak nation with a primitive military, such as Afghanistan or Iraq. Russian
military might is being unleashed directly on a US surrogate.
Russia is daring the Anglo-American empire to do something
It is currently unclear, in the face of complexities
(clouded by the violence, and the incendiary and escalating rhetoric from all
sides) what scenario will unfold. What is clear is that it is beyond a
nightmare scenario already.
See War in
the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation? and the
blog by Mike Ruppert.
Is this a war that Moscow wanted to start, and finish, at a
key moment at which the Anglo-American empire, as a result of its own political
and economic self-destruction under the criminal Bush/Cheney agenda, is in the
midst of real death throes? Is this Bush/Cheney�s �chickens come home to roost�
-- Russia calling the administration�s bluff?
What, if anything, has been China�s role behind the scenes?
Is this a war that the neocons, led by Bush/Cheney, via
Georgia, provoked, in order to give themselves a new justification to unleash
the �unthinkable� open nuclear war that they have insisted on waging
�endlessly�? If Bush/Cheney were genuinely caught off guard, will they now, in
neocon panic, pull out the stops, and �blow it all up�?
Would such a war trump all other events, including the
upcoming presidential election? Is this war connected in any way to political
factions backing John McCain?
With the world economy teetering on the brink of
petro-dollar collapse, the US close to a depression, and with the US Federal
Reserve and Wall Street engaging in ever more desperate actions to save the
empire, is there significance in the timing of this war? Any disruption to the
oil supply, in one blow, wipes out the economy, the stock markets, raises oil
and gas prices to shocking new highs, and flattens an already discredited
The spectacle of the Bush family, Henry Kissinger, Putin,
etc., entertaining themselves at the Bejing Olympic Games, while South Ossetia
burned, and neocons Dick Cheney and UN Ambassador (and CIA man) Zalmay
Khalilzad manning the nuclear button in Washington (warning that �Russian
aggression will not go unanswered�), should not only turn stomachs, but raise
alarms like nothing since 9/11. Even more stomach-turning, but expected, is the
near-total inattention to this gigantic war explosion. The eyes of the
hopelessly ignorant and acquiescent public are transfixed on Beijing Olympics
fun, and secondarily on the sexual misadventures of John Edwards. Again, the
timing of all of this raises questions in and of itself.
Who knew what, and when? Who is in control? Who benefits?
What horrific nuclear war scenarios are getting operational green lights?
If Bush/Cheney�s false flag event on 9/11, six horrific
years of open criminality, its conquest and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq,
and the �war on terrorism,� have not already made painfully clear, this moment
in history should serve as a wake-up call.
There has never been a more critical time to look past the
billowing propaganda smoke.
really is it.