There's a lot going on in North Africa these days. Since our mainstream media is a waste of time - we must always read the lines, between the lines, and beyond the lines. This means the application of critical thought - especially with regards to means, motive, opportunity - and as always and most importantly - Cui Bono? (Who benefits?)
As always the Western powers are in this mess up to their eyeballs. The question is ... go ahead guess....Cui Bono? About what? About everything. Time will tell.
Oil is important - so is water. Take a look at some of the fighting that went on in that area in the past. I've read somewhere that the Brits and the Germans both thought the other side was dumping oil into the water to poison it during the war - denying the other side access to fresh water. However, comma, the oil seems to have found its way into the wells regardless - due to natural circumstances.
The Qattara Depression was used to deny the "Desert Fox" one of his fortes - the flank attack.
Rommel: The "Desert Fox"
"The battle of El Alamein (Jul-1st to Jul-27th, 1942) occurred between the Allied and Axis forces in July 1942 near the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt (see fig. 1). It was the Axis Powers, Germany and Italy's plan to attack and occupy Egypt.
El-Alamein is improved by a railway station leading to Alexandria to the west and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Ten miles south of El-Alamein is the Ruweisa Ridge, slightly higher ground making it an excellent observation post of the surrounding desert.
Another twenty miles south of the Ruweisa Ridge is Britain's defensive position known as Qattara Depression. In order for Rommel to make any flanking maneuver, he would have to travel a significant distance south across the Sahara desert, making the Qattara Depression and excellent choice to defend.
Rommel's plan is to penetrate the Allied Forces 8th Army Division somewhere between El-Alamein and Deir el Abyad which is approximately 10 miles due south of El Alamein and only a few clicks west of the Rueweisa Ridge. His 90th Light Division would turn north and cut the coastal road that runs parallel to the railroad, trapping the Allied Forces. In addition, his two armored divisions would veer right and attack the rear of the Allied Forces XIII Corps. The Italian XX Corps were to follow Germany's light armored division and deal with Qattara.
The battle ended in a stalemate although Allied Forces were able to stop any further advance of the Axis Powers including any advance on Cairo and the Suez Canal, a key part for the Axis Powers." Check out this link from which the summary above was borrowed.
But perhaps there are other natural resources - the root of all wars - that must be taken into consideration as events unfold. Control of water has become strategically important - for corporations especially. After all - how else to control the masses except by controlling access to food and water?
I'm not saying any battles of this sort will ensue - I have no idea what is going on - after all - our mainstream media is useless. All one can do is examine the tea leaves, and look at historical operations in the area.
There is a lot going on - that we all know is true. But sifting out the real motives of the parties involved is tricky. An examination of historical fights in the area is always helpful if one hopes to understand the events of today.
This post is intended only to encourage such examination.
UPDATE APRIL 21, 2012