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Response to uhnope (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 2, 2015, 08:07 PM

13. My take:

First, as soon as Western Europe basically let Greece stew in its own debt and poverty, i expected Russia to move in and try to grab a stake of Turkey and then eventually of Greece. That would serve Russia's geographical interest because Russia probably wants a free route to the Mediterranean and at least a little control or alliance with a country in Western Europe on the Mediterranean.

At the same time, I have been asking over and over where in the world ISIS is getting the money to fund its expansion across Syria and into neighboring countries.

I've heard Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and that may be true.

But the idea the ISIS is moving oil even if not extremely large quantities of oil to friends in Turkey is quite possible. Maybe there is creative speculation, but it is worth looking into.

When I think of false but very creative speculation, I think of Bush's claims of WMDs in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. This could be a similar claim on Russia's part. Same kinds of photos from the air and the same kind of difficulty in really having any idea as to what is in the trucks and what they are really doing.

But I think that the US government needs to respond to the Russian claims on this. Where does Turkey get its oil from? Is oil moving across the Turkish border from Syria and Iraq with money going to ISIS?

Creative speculation of this kind should be easy to debunk. I'm waiting. I want to know where ISIS gets its money. Because stopping the flow of money is the way to stop ISIS.

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