2022-12-16 Ecns.cn Editor：Zhang Dongfang
(ECNS) — The U.S. military has stolen Syrian oil three times in half a month since December, transporting nearly 150 tanks from the northeastern oil fields of Syria to Iraq.
Tankers lined up to transport oil out of Syria, while local people had to wait in line for several hours in front of gas stations. Its frequent theft of oil has resulted in severe energy shortages in Syria, while some civilians say they are spending the winter in the cold.
Affected by the continuing Ukraine crisis, the oil price has reached the highest level ever, which enables the U.S. to earn more by dealing oil stolen from Syria. Meanwhile, the U.S. has disrupted the Syrian oil market, leading to soaring oil prices in the country.
Syria has been devastated by civil war since 2011. The U.S. has not only stirred up the situation but also occupies a large area of northeast Syria, controlling 90 percent of the country’s oil resources. Illegal troops stationed in Syria have been stealing oil, food and other resources, aggravating the energy and food crisis there.
Apart from oil, the U.S. has also plundered Syrian wheat and imposed an economic blockade and sanctions on the country, which has devastated its economy and hindered reconstruction. Two-thirds of the Syrian population relies on humanitarian assistance, and over half are food-insecure, further exacerbating the humanitarian disaster in the country.
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, paid a visit to Syria a few days ago, stressing that 90 percent of Syrians live in poverty and about 15 million are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
The U.S. has boasted of maintaining a “rule-based international order,” but it constantly violates international laws and rules. Its so-called “rules” are just pretexts to serve its own interests and maintain global hegemony.
As the former French Ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud said, the U.S. will do whatever it wants even if something may violate international laws, because it is the country that defines international laws.
What has the U.S. brought to Syria? Under the lies of “democracy” and “peace,” it has infringed on the sovereignty of Syria and plundered its resources.
Like the Syrian Foreign Ministry said, “The U.S. continues to steal Syrian oil across the Syrian-Iraqi border and transfer it to northern Iraq, which represents piracy and an attempt to return to outdated colonial times.”