The devil's genius

Once again, ignoring a policy of diplomacy which would lead to peace, we are being led to war


The devil's genius
by Soraya SepahpourUlrich

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to onewho is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

With censorship abound, we must dodge the bullet of stupor and learn to recognize that Dick Cheney, this Yale drop-out who wore the color of cowardice during the Vietnam War, was chosen to be the devil’s instrument in order to influence George Bush on his destructive path.

While the electronic highways are jammed with petitions to impeach Bush and Cheney, we must not fail to hold to account those who have held our highest office hostage and ax the root of evil. The destructive forces have already made their way into our future and the sparks alone are more threatening that the blaze we are currently engulfed in.

A future determined by the enemies of compassion and humanity. The seeds of damnation have been planted in such places as The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS); a Jerusalem-based think tank which spewed out the likes of David Wurmser, the Middle East adviser to Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle, the architects of the Iraq war. They hatched their dastardly schemes among the most ambitious and ruthless of Americans, spreading their lust for hatred, greed, and genocidal wars. Our collective apathy being the weapon they chose to accept for our submission.

Surely it was no coincidence that David Wurmser found himself at the pro-Israel American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where Lynn Cheney, the Vice President’s wife was a senior fellow (and where she also served on board of directors of Lockheed until 2001. Lockheed Martin stocks, not surprisingly, soared as a result of the illegal invasion of Iraq). What good fortune for Wurmser that Lynn’s husband selected him to be his Middle East Security Advisor. Cheney, the man behind the Iraq war, and the power in the White House who with a defeated army seeks further battles as he turns his lust for another massacre towards Iran[1] . What is the prize of this slaughter?

Eliminating Competition
Upon taking office, George W. Bush commissioned the Bakers Institute (Rice University) and the Council on Foreign Relations to study the energy trends and requirements of the 21st century. The comprehensive 99-page report recommended that not only should the administration ease its Iraqi oil-field investment restrictions, but actions and policies should be taken to promote the well-being of the Iraqi people which was being undermined in light of the sanctions and the continuous bombings. Although the report strongly recommended the enlistment of allies in order to phase out the sanctions with “highly focused and enforced sanctions that target the regime’s ability to maintain and acquire weapons of mass destruction” it stated that the hostilities should be stopped.

Furthermore, the joint report favored the Iranian route for the Caspian oil exports which would serve several purposes. In itself, it would translate into a policy shift towards Tehran, and throw Iran as a counter weight to Iraq. The transport of oil through Iran versus the prohibitively expensive longer and costly Baku-Ceyhan pipeline would be pf great benefit to the West, and the world, and help build up the drastically low global spare capacity, according to the report. Another strong contention of the report was that the U.S. ought to move the Caspian region into a zone of cooperation with Russia instead of a zone of competition and confrontation, enabling future cooperation such as jointly countering Islamic militants in the region (Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century, 2001, pp. 38-40,45,) [2]. Of note, the Kazakh officials had been in favor of the Iran route, as well as the U.S. oil companies such as Chevron, Exxon-Mobil and Conoco [3].

There would have been no wars except...
A.Nesdat Pamir delivered a strategy paper in September 2001 which countered the Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century. His paper was entitled “Turkey: The Key to Caspian Oil and Gas”. He woefully cites the Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century paper while in his own strategy paper he argues that since the Persian Gulf is expected to be responsible for almost 80% of the world crude exports between 2000-2020, the control of this oil is of utmost importance; citing a Turkish source, continues: “ given that the price of oil have allowed states to invest heavily in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), the primary external of this development, both economically and diplomatically, has been Russia” [4]. Russia, therefore, is arming the Middle East with WMD and the 80% oil potential should be rescued. According to him, the lifeline of America would be for it to use the prohibitively expensive Ceyhan –Baku Pipeline [through Turkey and Israel] in order to avoid the anti-American Middle East .

In his paper, Pamir sounds the alarm at the Russian-EU friendship. It is worthwhile reminding the readers that this report was written three months after George W. Bush invited Vladimir Putin to be his guest having “looked deep into his eyes” and trusting Putin. Today, there are missiles pointing towards Russia and Russia is aiming missiles at Europe. Indeed, the devil is a genius; so clever that the report Bush himself had commissioned was tossed aside. War was chosen over peace.

Eleven short days after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Israeli National Infrastructures Minister, Joseph Paritzky showed his keen interest in running Iraqi oil from Mosul to Haifa; an idea that had been previously discussed in the 80’s with non other than Donald Rumsfeld. [5] That was just to wet the appetite...

Not only does Israel want to be the transit point for Iraq’s oil, but for the whole Caspian region. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (Oct 21, 2005), Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Israel’s infrastructure minister visited Turkey to discuss a $4 billion, 1,093 project to bring Caspian Sea oil and gas to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast from Azerbaijan via Georgia. The Israeli interest is to see how this pipeline can serve Israeli interests. Alternatives discussed were to transport the oil across Israel from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, where it would be loaded onto tankers headed for Asia. Another option was to use the 158-mile Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline to transport the oil from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. The pipeline build in 1968 during the Shah’s regime was designed to ferry oil in the opposite direction, from east to west. [6]

It would seem that the flow of oil through Israel warrants the dropping of bombs on the region. As IASPS adjunct scholar D.Y. Anaximander said in 2004: “The depths to which we've come ... now marked by the convergence of terrorist Islam and Western elites (represented at this moment by the Democrat candidate for president of this country) are such that we must be grateful -- it is horrifying to say -- that we were attacked by Muslims.” [7] But if only oil were the only source of all evils. A more precious and scarce commodity that is causing this butchery is water.

Policy makers in the Middle East are keenly aware of the fact that climate change, population growth and escalating rates of consumption has made water a critical determinant of foreign policy and national security. But none have Israel’s leverage given their strategists and implementers in Washington.

According to BBC online President Mikhail Gorbachev stated that there have been 21 armed disputes over water in recent history - and 18 of them involved Israel. "It's highlyunfair," said Yehezkel Lein, a water expert for Israeli human rights group B'tselem, who help to solve water problems in Palestinian areas. "We are talking about mainly the mountain aquifer and the Jordan River system. Regarding the first one Israel exploits approximately 80% of the renewal water resources, and the Palestinians the remaining 20%. Regarding the Jordan River system, the Palestinians do not have any access." [8] At the rate they are being massacred, Israel will soon have access to 100% of the water. But that is hardly a drop in the sand for Israel’s insatiable thirst.

Israel faced one of its worst droughts in 1990-91. A second more serious drought in 1998, forced it to turn to water rich Turkey. Years earlier, former Turkish President Turgut Ozal had proposed a “peace pipeline” to sell surplus water from the Seyhan and Ceyhan rivers to parched countries in the region; a costly project, with the daunting challenge of requiring cooperation between nations. It was time to call in the troops – American troops.

In a strategy paper entitled “The Geopolitics of Water” (September 2000 - IASPS) penned by Paul Michael Wihbey and Ilan Berman, the following suggestions were made:

“The region contains two sets of countries, each capable of drawing others to follow them, depending on their success. At one pole are the Baathist dictatorships of Syria and Iraq: when the possibility existed, they were aligned with the Soviet Union against the West. At the other pole are the Israeli and Turkish democracies, allies of the U.S. through thick and thin. On the sidelines, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon have swung to and fro.”

They convince our policy makers in Washington that : “There is little doubt that were Turkey and Israel intent on restoring Lebanon and distributing the area’s water in a rational manner, they would stand a chance of success. A stable strategic grouping capable of deterring the militant Baathist regimes in Syria and Iraq would promote the commencement of large-scale regional water planning and grid systems. Since extensive water planning proposals will necessitate the establishment of pipelines and energy grids stretching across borders, a political and military structure that can ensure the safety and security of the carriers will be the prerequisite to effective water sharing. Already, Turkey and Israel have engaged in serious negotiations starting in May 2000 to import 50 billion cubic meters of fresh water from Turkey using tanker ships. But an effective regional system would require political-military cooperation against Syria”

Contrary to the devils’ predictions, invasion of sovereign Iraq met with resistance. Turkey claims that the Manavgat River basin is secure and that all necessary measures will be taken to guarantee the safety and quality of water up to the loading point, but the pipeline would have to go through Syria. Israel needs troops, American troops in the region to ensure the safe passage of water – and oil.

Our policy makers, possessed, have drowned America’s soul in blood, shame, and infamy. Once again, ignoring a policy of diplomacy which would lead to peace, we are being led to war. We owe it to future generations to redeem ourselves. Not only must Bush and Cheney be impeached, all those who endorse the policy of ‘all options are on the table’ be removed from office, but with awareness and sound values, we must hold to account the hijackers of American policy. “When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion”. (Ethiopian proverb)

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich has lived and studied in Iran, the UK, France, and the US. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her education in Middle East studies and Public Diplomacy. Soraya has done extensive research on US foreign policy towards Iran and Iran’s nuclear program.

[1] Guardian: Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran

[2] Task Force Report: (pdf)

[3] A. Nesdat Pamir “Turkey: The key to Caspian Oil and Gas”, IASPS September 2001

[4] Elnur Soltan, “Hatemi’nin Rusnya Ziyartei: Soyut Analsmalarin Somut Sonuclari” (Hatemi’s visit to Russia: Concrete Results of Abstract Agreement). Stratejik Analiz. April 2001 [Turkish] pp5-19

[5] Haaretz: Infrastructure Minister Paritzky dreams of Iraqi oil flowing to Haifa

[6] Yigal Schleifer “Isarel and Turkey hope to show that oil, water and business to mix” Jewish Telegraphic Agency New York Oct 21, 2005

[7] IASPS: The Pillar in the Streets: Vietnam-AntiWar (August 30, 2004)

[8] BBC: Water war leaves Palestinians thirsty�