Bin-Laden’s NBC Facilities Hit By US Forces
Vol: 1 Issue: 14 Sunday, October 14, 2001
Intel sources say that among the targets attacked by US air-strikes on October 12 was an Al-Qaeda facility used for the production of chemical weapons and biological agents. According to Western intelligence sources, Al-Qaeda members were instructed how to carry out attacks at these facilities with the agents.
The Politics of Oil
Gazprom, the world’s largest natural gas firm, began production at the Zapolyarnoye field in western Siberia on Oct. 5 and also began deliveries to the Netherlands. These two events signal a shift in the balance of power between Europe and Russia. Europe now has no choice but to invest in Russia’s natural gas industry to keep its own economies functioning.
This will have the effect of marginally reducing Europe’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil, but at the ultimate cost of increasing Europe’s dependence on Moscow. Striking a balance between the two will be impossible. Natural gas accounts for 22 percent of Europe’s power needs, and if natural gas supplants coal and nuclear as expected, that proportion could shoot up to 49 percent, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency. Apart from the North Sea, Europe has no significant gas reserves.
In addition, it increases Russia’s standing among the oil producing nations of the Middle East, already dependent on Moscow for weapons. Moscow’s new oil muscle will give it additional strategic control over the Middle East oil producing nations, since Moscow will be able to turn on or off the spigot at will, controlling global oil prices [and Middle East oil profit].
Ezekiel 38 describes the lineup of nations that will one day move against Israel and ultimately against Europe. Many are oil producing nations. Iran [Persia,] Libya [Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania} Gomer, [which includes the oil rich segments of the Ukraine near the Black Sea] and Togarmah [Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia and parts of Armenia].
Kings of The South
A series of incidents near the contested Cameroon-Nigeria border have once again raised the possibility of violence between the two West African nations. Anti-government protests Oct. 2 left three people dead in Cameroon, and the Nigerian government is preparing to evacuate border villages. Coupled with tensions over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, the situation could easily become explosive. Pressure is building slowly but steadily along the border and may eventually erupt in a violent outburst, disrupting oil production in both nations and tipping the two toward open conflict.
Nigeria and Cameroon — backed respectively by Britain and France — dispute ownership of the Bakassi Peninsula, a 400-square-mile area on the lip of the Gulf of Guinea. Mangrove swamps there are thought to hold significant oil reserves that British, American and French energy companies are eager to develope.