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Growing East vs. West conglomerate allieances -- prep for a global war?

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Nov 27, 2015 at 08:49

Ah, the Erdogan Mafia twist. I believe it. For the sake of the readers, Erdogan's son is accused in the article of smuggling ISIS oil to market fro profit, helping the terrorists. Japan is listed as a recipient of the illegal oil. Note that Israel also deals in illegal oil through Turkey, buying oil from the Turkish-allied (and ISIS-compkicit) Kurdish Regional Government of Massoud Barzani. I also notice that Israel has just opened a trade delegation in the UAE, adding to several already-made ties with Sunni countries.

Those are just some of the many ties among ISIS-Turkey-Sunni Arab states-Israel-US-Japan-India (jointly developing the Barak missile with Israel); this opposing the Russian-Iranian-Iraqi alliance supported also by China. Add to the mix mercenaries fighting for the GCC (Sunni Arab) countries in Yemen from Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Chile, Eritrea, Sudan and Senegal, and we can see that the Middle East conflict has tentacles all over the world -- a situation not unlike the years immediately before WWII, when the Germans, Italians and Japanese were getting involved in places like China, Ethiopia and Spain.

This is new, Moh. The Sunni coalition only began actively fighting in Yemen earlier this year -- involving, besides the countries listed above, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE -- not forming a paper alliance, but actively engaged in bombing and recruiting mercenaries. That's all Sunni-on-Shi'a (Zaidi), with an additional Saudi-on-Muslim Brotherhood (Saleh) element that crosses sectarian lines. Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula is tacitly supporting the Saudis there, in what is essentially a proxy war against Iran. Even Malaysia is supposedly involved on behalf of the Sunni coalition, though I don't know how. Pakistan, meanwhile, which is usually a strong ally of KSA and may even have troops in the kingdom, is sitting on the siedlines.

Besides Yemen, Egypt and the UAE have been actively involved in Libya, attacking Islamist targets; and Israel, Egypt and Jordan have been cooperating to counter the Islamist insurgency in the Sinai. That's HOT involvement, with blood spilled; and a large coalition orchestrated by a different country (Saudi Arabia) than the usual conductors the US and the Eurasian (Russian-led) bloc. This recent downing of a Russian-piloted Russian plane by a NATO fighter, moreover, is probably a first since the Korean War.

Altogether, this has the makings of a Cold War Plus -- and not too cold, at that. The only thing incongruous about all this, is the farsical war between the West and ISIS, which is actually a quasi-NATO ally against Russian interests. Even Germany has signed on to that one now, offering "four to six Tornado jets, help refuel planes, provide satellite support and deploy a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle conducting airstrikes in Syria and Iraq from the eastern Mediterranean." I dare say that those assets, along with those of the French and others, are being sent more to counter Russian influence than to significantly oppose ISIS.

Obama's confusing narrative on the situation is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. He's trying to portray the conflict as a delicate balance of opposing interests; but meanwhile, a very IN-delicate world-wide group of alliances is taking shape that looks more each day like the Allies vs. Axis of WWII. True, ISIS shoots at us now and then, and we drop a bomb here and there on them (very possibly with fore-warning by Erdogan and his family). The ISIS-Russia war, weanwhile, is starting to get deadly earnest, with the flattening of cities like Raqqa.

Enough for now. Shalom shalom, buddy.

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