An Egyptian court has sentenced 14 people to death on charges of carrying out attacks on security forces at the Sinai Peninsula last month.
Over two dozen people were charged with deadly attacks on a police station in June, 2011. Eight of the 14 death sentences were made in absentia. This comes after 16 Egyptian border police were killed at the Sinai; dozens of insurgents were also killed.
Press TV has interviewed Mr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian, Washington about who benefits from making the Sinai and Suez Canal unstable. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: The Sinai Peninsula hasn’t seen a lot of peace in the past years since the revolution in Egypt began. We’ve seen attacks on pipelines, attacks on security forces amongst other things.
Who are these groups that have been wreaking, what many call chaos within the Sinai Peninsula - and now 14 of them have been sentenced to death in an Egyptian court?
Tarpley: Sometimes they present themselves as Bedouins, the indigenous people of the zone and they often come dressed up as Bedouins, but I think the reality is probably more complex.
First of all, the Morsi government is understandably concerned about asserting their authority over the entire national territory of Egypt and that I think explains the draconian sentences.
If you don’t get armed gangs under control then you risk going the way of Libya where you’ve got armed gangs running all over the place or indeed in Syria where you’ve got the same thing in a different form.
But I think we also have to look at the map and remind ourselves of the tremendous strategic importance of the Suez Canal. We’re talking here about the Sinai Peninsula, which is that area between the Suez Canal going east over to the Israeli border.
And this is a very strategic piece of real estate. I am guessing to a certain extent, but I have the impression that the NATO people have been interested in infiltrating some foreign fighters into the zone.
These groups that claim to do these things are not well known. The disturbances along the Suez Canal and Sinai began around the time of Tahrir Square, February 2011, there was a strike at the Suez Canal - Tolls were not collected and the maintenance work was not done.
You’ve also had a series of attacks on this pipeline that goes from Egypt to Israel. The cover story is always that this is anti-Israeli so of course it’s going to be popular. But I see something underneath, which is much more sinister.
If Egypt cannot maintain order along the Suez Canal and in the Sinai then NATO acquires a case for saying, oh, you see what we’ve been saying since 1956 is true, the Egyptians cannot guarantee the orderly functioning of the canal and therefore we may have to step in to restore order.
If NATO could control the Suez Canal, they could decide who gets through and who does not. China would not get through, Iran would not get through, Syria would not get through, and cargoes that NATO does not like would not get through.
The possibilities are limitless and it’s huge - It’s 8 percent of the world maritime traffic, but in that particular area it is a lot more and it’s very, very strategic.
So, I would say if you ask who has an interest in stirring up constant guerilla warfare of the kind we’ve had in July and August of this year especially, I would say NATO intelligence is number one on the list.
Press TV: Why is it that these dots haven’t been connected by other media organizations etc? Why hasn’t this come to light?
Tarpley: I don’t know. I began writing about this in February 2011. You can look at it on my website. I began speculating what is going on here with the canal because when the imperialists look at Egypt they know what’s valuable: The water of the Nile and the Suez Canal.
The Nile of course is a more complex proposition, but the Suez Canal is a relatively compact piece of land and the water going through it and therefore...
Given the mentality of US/British imperialism obsessed with partitions, subdivision ... micro-states, mini-states and all the rest of it, it’s inevitable that they begin thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could go back to the good old days before NASA and have the imperialists control the canal.
No more China, no more Iran, no more anybody that they don’t like. It would increase their power to blackmail large parts of the world.
VIDEO HERE : http://presstv.com/detail/2012/09/25/263488/west-imperialists-have-their-eyes-on-suez/
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