By Jerry Alatalo
n a world-shaking development, the Russian Ministry of Defense holds it has provided evidence of massive, “industrial-scale” oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq into Turkey by terrorist group ISIS. Equally shocking is the assertion it’s been done in collusion with Turkish President Erdogan and members of his closest family.
Before the Russian Ministry held a news briefing to officially tell the world of its findings, and after the worrying event of a Turkish shoot-down of a Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border, claims of oil smuggling by Turkey to finance ISIS were challenged with Erdogan’s promise to resign his leadership position if Russia could prove it.
At the same time, Turkish journalists making the same claims are finding themselves facing up to 45 years in prison for “treason” or related crimes. It’s safe to say that today Mr. Erdogan might be wishing he were anyone else on Earth but himself. However, as much as Turkey’s president wishes he hadn’t become the bright center of the world’s media spotlights, no amount of wishing this historic revelation away is possible.
If what the Russian news briefing presented and asserted is true, the leader of Turkey faces a whirlwind of consequences, the most severe being accountability for financing the terrorist group ISIS – allegedly behind the recent Paris attacks that jammed the world’s media outlets when they occurred. Among the world leaders whose response to the Russian oil-smuggling-for-ISIS presentation will be of particular interest is French President Hollande.
Other high officials who now have no choice but to weigh in include Obama of the United States, Cameron of the United Kingdom, Merkel of Germany, the King of Saudi Arabia etc., as well as every current candidate for President of the United States – Clinton, Bush, Sanders, Trump, and all the rest. Undoubtedly, every world leader (or those aspiring to become one) and humanity is experiencing what is truly a history-making, paradigm type shift/time.
What revealing oil-smuggling for ISIS financing has made possible in the arena of international relations includes the ISIS terrorist phenomenon becoming the last “false flag”, state-sponsored terror operation of any significant size that humanity will ever again experience. If it comes to pass that Turkey’s Erdogan ends up in the International Criminal Court (ICC) then behind bars for the alleged crimes, the movement for universal, mandatory membership in the ICC at the United Nations will become unstoppable.
Once every nation on Earth signs on for ICC jurisdiction, war as humanity has experienced it through history will have essentially come to an end. The days of war criminals carrying out actions causing unimaginable harm to innocent people with impunity will end. In other words, because of this astonishing revelation, the potential for creating tangible world peace for this and future generations is now closer than at any historical moment to becoming reality.
Terrorism without money is an animal without teeth
In the news briefing/conference, Russian military officials proposed an estimated $2 billion figure as the annual income to ISIS for selling stolen oil from Iraq and Syria. Those ill-gotten $billions are the chief source of terrorist financing, and the presentation identified three major routes out of Iraq and Syria into Turkey: 1) one headed northwest to Turkey and the Mediterranean, 2) one headed north to refineries and installations inside southeastern Turkey, and 3) one from northeastern Iraq northward, again across the Turkish border.
One wonders how the American-led coalition hadn’t made the same revelations while carrying out so-called “anti-terrorism” operations for more than a year before Russian air strikes started degrading ISIS in Syria. The U.S. has equally effective satellite intelligence and technologies as Russia – perhaps more advanced and impressive. This raises questions beyond those centered on Turkey’s leader Erdogan.
One Russian satellite image alone captured a scene with 1,722 parked semi-trucks for hauling oil, while others showed long lines of them on highways in various parts of Iraq and Syria headed toward Turkish borders for, apparently, unimpeded entry, travel and final delivery.
World observers might rightly perceive that in the Middle East war on terror and ISIS something has definitely “hit the fan”. Not your ordinary run-of-the-mill fan – but the really, really big one. Today Mr. Erdogan understandably wishes he were somebody else, but at this remarkable stage of world history it seems clear he’s in a situation where escape has become impossible.
A quote from one of the Russian Ministry of Defense presenters:
“… A big number of mass media here, many courageous people who perform their duty honestly. We are sure that the truth would make its way to the surface. We know the price of Erdogan’s words, because Turkish journalists showed his lies already, and for this the journalists went to prison. The Turkish leaders would not retire; Mr. Erdogan would stay on, even if his face would be tarnished with stolen oil and actually our friends died from Turkish militants”.
“You see what they do, they went to the other country and steal it, and if someone is in the way he has to be destroyed. So retirement of Erdogan is not our goal; this is for the Turkish people to decide. Our purpose is to close down financing of terrorism by mutual efforts. We shall continue to present the facts of this stealing, how Turkey steals, robs its neighbors”.
“Control over this stealing business may be given only to the closest ones, and nobody in the West has asked the question why the President’s son heads one of the leading energy companies, and his son-in-law is the Minister of Energy. What a wonderful family business. Is this possible somewhere else? Such affairs cannot be given to anybody but the closest ones. So far, Western media doesn’t provide any assessment of this situation…”
“If this (oil-smuggling) is not there, let the journalists go and see for themselves. Today, we present only part of the information about (the) monstrous crimes of Turkey and its directly financing international terrorism. We think that any sensible journalist should fight against this crime of the 21st century. The objective journalist may be an efficient means in combating financial and corruption schemes”.
“We call for our colleagues to conduct journalist investigations to review financial schemes to finance terrorism. The stolen oil goes to other regions; the Minister of Defense of Russia will continue to inform you about supplies of oil to other countries by terrorists, and about our airstrikes in Syria. So, let us unite our efforts. We would destroy the source of financing of terrorism in Syria, and you join this work outside our ministry”.
Will the world’s leaders, America’s 2016 Presidential contenders, and all concerned people on Earth join with one voice and declare: “Erdogan must go”?
(Thank you to RT on YouTube)