The “London 11”, consiglieres of various crime families, were to have a sit-down about Syria. Luca Brasi, enforcer for the U.S. State Department, checked his revolver and put on a bulletproof vest. He felt he would soon be having a “little chat” with Bashar Assad, President of Syria. “They will make him an offer he can’t refuse,” predicted Luca Brasi. (Background: Game Over, Assad Wins, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of May 14, 2014.)
Disguised under the benign-sounding name, “Friends of Syria”, the “London 11” begin their crime summit today, in London. 
“Luca Brasi” is my preferred designation for a shadowy group which keeps changing their name, i.e., from “Blackwater” to “Academi” to “Greystone Limited, a subsidiary of Vehicle Services Company LLC belonging to Blackwater/XE/Academi.”  Bild am Sonntag, the largest-selling Sunday newspaper in Germany, reported last Sunday the presence of 400 mercenaries from “Luca Brasi” were operating in Ukraine. 
The late Michael C. Ruppert, among other things, was an advocate of the “Peak Oil” theory. Ruppert, author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, shot and killed himself on April 13, 2014, after recording his Lifeboat Hour radio show.  “Peak Oil” is a theory where, at a certain point in time, the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached and after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline.  William Engdahl, political analyst and author, tangentially addressed the “Peak Oil” theory in a recent interview with Russia Today, a controversial global news network. Although US oil production levels have been skyrocketing in recent years, due to the shale oil “fracking” developments, Engdahl foresees this current U.S. oil boom is going to peak very quickly and start declining. When you start a well, the surge of production is maximal for the first two months and then it drops by some 60 percent after 12 months, stated Engdahl. 
Here is how Luca Brasi, “London 11” (alias “Friends of Syria”), and the nation of Syria fits into all this, at least according to Engdahl: Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government “signed an agreement with Iraq and Iran to bring a pipeline from Iran’s South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf, one of the largest gas fields in the world, up through Iraq and into Syria and on into the Mediterranean, where it would go to the European gas market and in direct competition with Qatar which wants to be a dominant gas player in the European market. The entire Middle East conflict, the attempt to destroy Syria is an attempt to get control of that potential pipeline route in the hands of the Saudi Arabia, Qatar and certainly the Gulf Emirates there.” 
In the larger picture, violent suppression of Middle East and North African energy production via Iraq War II and the Libyan “intervention” helped boost oil prices. In 2002, before Iraq War II destroyed Iraq’s state-owned oil industry, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude, a benchmark used by the oil industry, hovered around $20 a barrel. “By mid-2008, war threats and sanctions against Iran combined with the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to drive oil up to $147 a barrel.” Sanctions against Iran and Sudan, the 2011 U.S./NATO bombing of Libya and the CIA-orchestrated war in Syria further help to prop up oil prices. 
With the elevated oil prices, this in turn made profitable at last the “fracking” of Canada’s tar sands, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and new mountaintop removal projects in Appalachia. Oil prices of $60 to $80 a barrel are needed for most fracking projects to break even. Somehow these high prices must be maintained. A crisis that disrupts the flow of Russian energy to Europe would help maintain high energy prices, in turn keeping “fracking” feasible. Enter “Kiev crisis.” 
Other interests are at stake. The Pentagon needs to protect and expand its budget, which faces “mandatory” cuts in 2016. The generals want to expand NATO to the east and put U.S. troops in the former Soviet Union. The military-industrial complex wants more arms sales to Eastern Europe, with Ukraine as a customer. 
Much of the above can be summed up as “creative destruction” and is necessary to keep oil prices sufficiently high so that “fracking” can proceed, to the short-term benefit of investors. And so it is that Luca Brasi is being called in. The system must destroy in order to survive.
——- Sources ——-
 “‘Friends of Syria’ group set for London talks”, BBC, May 15, 2014.
 “Snipers of the USA”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, April 16, 2014. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/snipers-of-the-usa/
 “Russian Foreign Minister Demands Obama Reply to Claim U.S. Mercenaries in Ukraine”, by Kurt Nimmo. Prison Planet.com, May 14, 2014.
 “9/11 truther Mike Ruppert kills himself after finishing his radio show”, by Travis Gettys. Raw Story, April 15, 2014. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/15/911-truther-mike-ruppert-kills-himself-after-finishing-his-radio-show/
 “Peak oil”, Wikipedia, May 15, 2014.
 “‘US needs oil wars to topple Middle East chessboard'”, Russia Today, May 14, 2014. http://on.rt.com/ycqnu1
 “A new ‘Cold War’? Behind the imperialist drive to the east”, by Bill Dores. International Action Center, April 28, 2014. http://www.iacenter.org/ukraine/coldwar043014/