Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Got KI?

I hope that Niall Ferguson is wrong, but I fear that he may be onto something. There is a showdown coming with Iran and since the U.S. and Israel are the only countries that seem to give a fig about it, the danger is that our enemies will view us weakened and spread thin and take this opportunity to reshuffle the world order.

The devastating nuclear exchange of August 2007 represented not only the failure of diplomacy, it marked the end of the oil age. Some even said it marked the twilight of the West. Certainly, that was one way of interpreting the subsequent spread of the conflict as Iraq's Shi'ite population overran the remaining American bases in their country and the Chinese threatened to intervene on the side of Teheran.

Niall Ferguson