from ActivistPost Website
Coupled with the worldwide
economic depression and the constant edging closer of a
confrontation between the West and Russia and China, one
can only wonder when the world will plunge into an
unfortunate and totally destructive third world war.
This new tinderbox is the underreported Med gas fields - a grouping of natural gas fields that are claimed, at least in part, by,
...with vested interests held by Turkey and Russia.
Iran, Syria, and Egypt are also
paying very close attention to developments made in this
particular region, as any military conflicts resulting from
controversy would affect these nations in a very personal
Two of the largest fields, known
as Tamar and Leviathan (quite interesting and foreboding
names when one considers the Jewish and Christian religious
texts and traditions), are largely accepted as belonging to
Even more so, Israel’s biggest
natural gas field, Leviathan, appears to extend all the way
into Cyprus’ waters, presenting the world with yet another
potentially explosive maritime claim confrontation.
The plan is by no means
miniscule as the mass of the gas fields is twice as big as
the Israeli state itself - no short order for any military.
With that in mind, the naval plan must carry with it the
ability to defend offshore drilling vessels, undersea
pipelines, production platforms, transportation ships, and
other types of gas drilling equipment.
This announcement came as Iranian warships moved into the area on what the Iranians deemed a “training and flag-showing operation.”
While there were no altercations
in this particular circumstance, the tension between Israel
and Iran has only grown sharper in the year since.
Russia, too, is seriously concerned over the potential
challenge these gas finds may pose to their virtual monopoly
over the natural gas supply to Western Europe. If Cyprus,
Israel, Lebanon, or Palestine become gas exporters, Russia
would then see its control over the Western European
customer base threatened.
Furthermore, Turkey also may have a vested interest in the decisions being made over the Med fields.
Although Turkey seized the
Northern part of Cyprus after an invasion in 1974, the
southern part of Cyprus remains under Greek-Cypriot control.
Given the level of imperialist behavior being exhibited by
Turkey in recent months over the NATO-backed Syrian
destabilization, one can only wonder just how long the
divided nation will be able to resist the temptation to lay
its own claim to the gas fields in some way or another.
With so many players having
direct financial and energy-related interests in the fields,
others with indirect interests, and others still who have
the potential to be drawn in to any potential confrontations
that might result, one thing is clear - the Med is a
geopolitical time bomb just waiting to explode.