Wednesday, February 16, 2005

What a complex world

The geopolitical environment is getting more complicated by the minute. Some snippets:

Russia, it appears, sells two things: oil and weapons. It is quite indiscriminate about its customers, and in addition to Venezuela, Russia is selling weapons to Syria.

...and also yesterday, Iran and Syria announced an alliance. Rapidly the international political environment is changing. India and China are making deals with Iran to buy oil and gas.

Ukraine sells missiles to Iran

All of these new relationships put us in unchartered waters...

These types of situations can end in tears. After all, it was a complicated set of alliances and relationships that led to World War I, despite the fact that most observers at the time dismissed the possibility.


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