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Pro-Israeli Think-Tanker: Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria

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In a recent Bloomberg op-ed piece, Reuel Marc Gerecht suggests that Algiers may be the next scalp for what he lauds as “the Great Arab Revolt”:

But there is another tremendous threat to Libya’s progress waiting quietly next door. Algeria’s military junta is terrified that a rebellious spirit may finally cross its borders. Ever since the Tunisian revolt dethroned President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Washington’s foreign- policy establishment has paid little attention to Algeria, the lodestar of “the Arab West.”

That’s a mistake. With Qaddafi’s fall and next week’s elections in Tunisia, the odds are decent that the Great Arab Revolt will start to shake Algeria. The country is now surrounded by states in transition: Libya, Tunisia and Morocco, where the king just might be laying the groundwork for the Middle East’s first real constitutional monarchy.

Although he opines that “the coming shock to energy markets and America’s role in the region may not be small,” the senior fellow at the hawkishly pro-Israel Foundation for the Defense of Democracies seems to relish the prospect of the Algerian “volcano” exploding again.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

November 1, 2011 at 6:31 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Gerecht is playing on the ignorance of the general public.

    In fact, Algeria’s primary importance regarding energy dependence WAS natural gas, which is less fungible than oil due to the cost of liquifying it for long distance transport.

    A major project has been invested in over the past decade, a pipeline across Morocco and Spain to deliver Algerian oil to France.

    However this project became obsolete just as it is was nearing completion. It turns out that with current technology France has abundant gas reserves of its own in its massive shale formations. Indeed, over the next century France will be Europe’s energy powerhouse, a major gas exporter.

    Algeria’s oil exports could disappear and they would quickly be replaced by ramped up production elsewhere. There is absolutely no prospect of a “coming shock to energy markets.”


    November 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  2. Reuel Marc Gerecht seems to thing that Morocco is in the Middle East. The Arabic name of Morocco is Maghreb, the same name as the whole region. In Arabic Maghreb means West.


    November 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  3. Playing on the ignorance of the general public is the stock-in-trade of the likes of Gerecht, who is well-rewarded for his invaluable service to the Israeli propaganda mill, FDD. Displacing facts with what people can be induced to believe is the modus operandi of those who get between the people and the facts they need.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    November 2, 2011 at 2:38 am

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