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Monday, January 11, 2016

It's Always 'Sunni' in 'Shia'-delphia

The headline in a bad pun referring to a funny TV show called 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' so we couldn't resist especially since that's the topic for today..

 As the above photo states, "Less than 15% of world's Muslims are Shiite or Shia; Most Muslims are Sunni" and the darker or redder the shading on the map, the higher the percent of Shiites that live there.

The two Middle East groups have been competing for more than a thousand years yet have largely co-existed peacefully until recently.

So why are they involved in an open war across multiple countries now?

One word..  hydrocarbons..

Or to break that down to two simpler words:  oil and gas
The U.S. and its allies are backing the Sunnis against the Shiitess in order to wage war for oil.

You see it turns out that the lion’s share of oil in the Middle East happens to be located in Shia countries … and in the Shia-minority sections of Sunni-majority countries.

Almost all the Persian Gulf’s fossil fuels are located underneath territory the Shiites possess or reside in.  This is true even in Sunni Saudi Arabia, where the major oil fields are in the Eastern Province, which has a majority Shiite population.

As a result, one of the Saudi royal family’s deepest fears is that one day Saudi Shiites will secede, with their oil, and ally with Shiite Iran.

This fear has only grown since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq overturned Saddam Hussein’s minority Sunni regime, and empowered the pro-Iranian Shiite majority.
So as stated before, essentially all of the Saudi oil wealth is located in a small sliver of its territory whose occupants are predominantly Shiite.  If this section of eastern Saudi Arabia were to break away, the Saudi royals would just be instantly poor octogenarians with nothing left but a lot of sand and little of it passing through the hourglass of their lives.

This explains why Saudi Arabia helped Bahrain, an oil-rich, majority-Shiite country ruled by a Sunni monarchy, crush its version of the Arab Spring in 2011.

Similar calculations were behind George H.W. Bush’s decision to stand by while Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons in 1991 to put down an insurrection by Iraqi Shiites at the end of the Gulf War.
As New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explained at the time, Saddam had “held Iraq together, much to the satisfaction of the American allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”

So the Sunni Gulf monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait are single-mindedly going after Iran and the Shia world – because the Shias are sitting on the oil and gas resources – and doing everything they can to start a Sunni-Shia war across the entire MENA area (Middle East and North Africa) in order to “justify” a resource grab.

No one ever 'liberates' nations for free..

This is why a nation like Sudan was never invaded in spite of countless documented deaths and other atrocities of its people and why Libya, one of four nations at that time not to owe a penny to global banks (Iran, N Korea and Cuba) was destroyed..

As a released email dated April 2, 2011 to Hillary Clinton from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal stated:

"Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver."

The US currently holds 4,176 metric tons of gold at Fort Knox.
So what's at stake?

Well in simple selfish terms, where A&G is located, regular gas yesterday was $1.99/gal.

Three years ago at this time, the national average was $3.49/gal.

2013 --  15 gal x $3.49 = $52.35
2016 --  15 gal x $1.99 = $29.85

Difference savings of $22.50 per fill up

If you are one who needs to fill up weekly that adds to a yearly savings of $1,170 today vs three years ago..

So yes, what goes on over there matters here.