The True Face of US Imperialism: Oil in Syria
Corrupting the World: The US as ‘World Police.
The United States has long been known for positioning itself as the world’s police force, intervening in conflicts worldwide in the name of promoting peace and democracy. However, recent events in Syria suggest that if the US is indeed the world’s police, then its actions are more akin to those of a corrupt police force. The US has been accused of using its power to steal and exploit resources that do not belong to it.
The accusation that the US is stealing oil from Syria is not a new one. Similar to its invasion of Iraq in 2003, the US’s initial actions in Syria were to secure and take control of the country’s vast oil fields. This move was met with widespread criticism, with many viewing it as an overt attempt to control Syria’s natural resources.
Despite these criticisms, the US government argued that it was necessary to protect Syria’s vital oil infrastructure, prevent it from falling into the hands of hostile forces, and eventually hand it back to the Syrian people. However, the controversy surrounding the issue lies in the fact that the US claims not to be occupying Syria, despite the evidence to the contrary.
The US stealing Syrian oil isn’t a complicated issue, it’s plain old imperialism, but it is controversial. More so because the US claims not to be occupying Syria despite the facts.
UN lies about US military occupation of Syria, reporter calls out Ukraine hypocrisy
Ben Norton points out on the Geopolitical Economy Report that US troops have illegally occupied Syria’s oil-rich territory for years, but a top United Nations official falsely claimed: “There’s no US armed forces inside of Syria”. A reporter called him out.
US troops have illegally occupied Syria's oil-rich territory for years, but a top United Nations official falsely claimed "there's no US armed forces inside of Syria"— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) March 29, 2023
A reporter called out his lie, exposing the UN's hypocrisy on Ukraine.
Full video here: https://t.co/9rOeW53fT8 pic.twitter.com/fp42QG9Fje
The fact that the US have boots on the ground in Syria has raised concerns about the US breaking international law.
In 2019, President Trump announced that he would keep US troops in Syria to protect the oil fields from ISIS and prevent them from falling into the hands of the Syrian government or Russia. The presence of US military personnel was confirmed by various news outlets, including, The New York Times which published an article on March 4 revealing that US General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has demanded that troops remain in Syria.
In a March 24 newswire on the US airstrike in Syria, the Associated Press reported that “American troops have been in Syria since 2015“.
Despite these confirmations, the US government continues to deny occupying Syria. Video footage from Kurdistan24 shows US armoured vehicles occupying oil wells in Syria, further highlighting the contradiction between the US’s actions and its official stance.
It may sound a little controversial given the history of Syria and its ongoing civil war however, The United States does not have the permission of the Syrian government to be there, which violates the principle of non-intervention in the affairs of sovereign states. Furthermore, the United States has been accused of targeting civilians in its military operations in Syria, which is a violation of international humanitarian law.
The U.S. military’s presence in Syria also raises questions about the legality of its actions in the wider region. The U.S. has conducted military operations against ISIS and other groups in Syria, but the legality of these actions again is unclear. Some legal experts argue that the U.S. has violated international law by conducting military operations in Syria without authorisation from the United Nations Security Council.
Again we look at why the US have boots on the ground…President Trump has stated that the US intends to keep US troops in Syria in order to control and extract oil resources in the region. Maintained as they did with the Iraqi oil Fields that they are only protecting it until a political resolution is reached. However, it seems the only ones stealing the country’s resources are the US. Notwithstanding this fact, the US is violating international law and engaging in resource theft, an action conducted by anyone else it would be called imperialism.
US Military Convoy in Syria: Stealing 66,000 Barrels of Oil a Day
The Syrian government pulls no punches at pointing the finger directly at the US in accusing them of stealing their oil. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the US occupation forces are constantly stealing Syrian oil. The Syrian Oil Ministry claim that the US and its mercenaries are stealing an average of 66,000 barrels of oil per day in Syria, about 80 percent of Syria’s daily oil production.
In August 2022 the US transported a convoy of 137 tankers filled with stolen oil from Syria to their bases in Iraq, followed by a further 123 tankers loaded with Syrian oil which were brought out from al-Jazeera fields and taken to Iraq. These actions not only violate international law but also deprive the Syrian people of vital resources that belong to them.
The hypocrisy of the US government’s stance on policing the world is not lost on the international community. While the US claims to be promoting democracy and freedom, its actions in Syria only serve to benefit its own interests. The theft of Syrian oil not only enriches the US but also deprives the Syrian government of revenue that it could use to rebuild the country after years of war and conflict.
The US’s true intentions are further exposed by its treatment of other nations that attempt to assert their own sovereignty or for those they deem imperialistic. For example, when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the US and its allies imposed economic sanctions on Russia and accused it of violating international law. However, when the US steals Syrian oil, it is seen as a legitimate exercise of power.
The US’s hypocrisy is not limited to its foreign policy. The country also claims to be a champion of free speech and democracy, yet it routinely engages in censorship and suppression of dissenting voices. The recent revelations about the US army stealing Syrian oil are a reminder that the country’s true values are those of power and self-interest, not democracy and freedom the cornerstones laid by the founding fathers.
As journalists and political bloggers, it is our duty to hold those in power accountable for their actions. The US’s actions in Syria are a clear violation of international law and a betrayal of the principles it claims to uphold. It is time for the US to stop acting like a corrupt police force and start respecting the sovereignty of other nations.