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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon Analyzes the Role of Arab Gas in the Syrian Conflict

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President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
Analyzes the Role of Arab Gas in the Syrian Conflict

TALK SHOW GUEST:
Ziad K. Abdelnour

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Ziad K. Abdelnour CREDS:
President & CEO, Blackhawk Partners, Inc.
Oil & Gas Trader & Financier
Lobbyist, Activist, Philanthropist
Founder and President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
Founder and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council
Member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Forum
Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America


President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
Analyzes the Role of Arab Gas in the Syrian Conflict

Ziad K. Abdelnour, President of the New York based U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon and President and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, believes that Syria’s central role in the Arab gas pipeline is a key to why it is now being targeted.  Following is his analysis:

Just as the Taliban was scheduled for removal after they demanded too much in return for the Unocal pipeline, Syria’s Assad is being targeted because he is not a reliable “player”.

Specifically, Turkey, Israel and their ally the U.S. want an assured flow of gas through Syria, and don’t want a Syrian regime, which is not unquestionably loyal to those 3 countries, to stand in the way of the pipeline … or which demands too big a cut of the profits.

A deal has already been inked to run a natural gas pipeline from Iran’s giant South Pars field through Iraq and Syria (with a possible extension to Lebanon)....And a deal to run petroleum from Iraq’s Kirkuk oil field to the Syrian port of Banias has also been approved.

No wonder Turkey and Israel are both launching military strikes against Syria.

On the other hand, Russia’s giant natural gas industry would be threatened if Syria’s current regime is toppled … no wonder Israel and Russia are getting into it over Syria too.

The monarchies in Qatar and Saudi Arabia would clearly benefit as competitors in the gas market if Syria’s regime is taken out … so they’re backing the “rebels” as well.

Bush launched the Iraq war under false pretenses … similarly, the war in Syria is really being launched by Obama and natural gas players in the region who want to cut Syria and Russia out of the game.

Assad is no saint and shouldin my opinion, be taken out along with all of the leadership of the terrorist organization of Hezbollah.

By the same token let’s, though, not forget that the Iraq war will end up with a final price tag of between $5-6 trillion.  
 $5-6 Trillion and nothing gained. Iraq is now split between Iranian influence and a lessor share for Al-Qaida.  
The Kurds have their own agenda that is now being courted by Russia, which is promising them a part of Turkey if they play along. Great investment.  
Afghanistan is just as bad an investment. 
In Syriawe are facing a formidable foe with much more resources and capabilities on the ground and allies with problems of their own - watch Turkey in the coming months - and Israel will lose either way; Jubhat Al Nusra will not be a boon for them. The Russians and their BRICS allies will not give up willingly.

Looks like everything we touch in the ME turns into dust and failure and we don’t seem to learn. 
We simply can’t afford to get involved in another war … especially with Russia and Iran are actively aligned against us.
Besides  - and for 99% of the uninformed population out there - ME wars have nothing to do with spreading democracy on our side or creating an Islamic Caliphate on the Arab side....it is all about money, power and control over natural resources.
PROFILE:
As Founder and President of the Financial Policy Council, Ziad K. Abdelnour is also President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity ”family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financings in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets.
Blackhawk Inc. is also a reliable trader and supplier of a wide range of commodities to industrial and financial consumers globally. The Firm’s customers around the world rely upon Blackhawk as a source of Metals and Minerals and Crude Oil and Oil Products. These products originate either from Blackhawk directly or indirectly owned assets, or are secured by Blackhawk from third parties.
Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over ten billion dollars in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.
Mr. Abdelnour also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.
On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour is Founder and President of the United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL), Founder and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council, Member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Forum and Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.
Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut . 
He is the author of Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics and a regular panelist and speaker on private equity and venture capital topics at industry conferences nationwide. 

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