Tuesday, 14 October 2008

What is A Place in the Auvergne?

It's many things, but it's a place where I follow and understand the world.

Here's my posting of today about Monday, 13th October, 2008 (and normally I don't write myself but let the IHT's contentspeak for itself within my own narrative).

IW: In my study at 0530.

I've been troubled for some time about the undeclared war between the U.S.A and Pakistan (two nuclear states) being fought through the proxies of Afghanistan, NATO and India on the one hand - more nuclear armed countries - and a Chinese (nuclear armed)
or even Russian (another) aided Pakistan on the other.

All it needs to radically escalate is either a nuclear terrorist act or some sign of radicals gaining power in Pakistan and/or a flash-point between India and Pakistan (we already have Kashmir but there is much more in the water). Equally provocative would be the Taliban retaking Kabul because clearly their next target would be Islamabad.
And that meets hands on red buttons time, for all concerned, especially given American fears and Indian fears in a country ravaged by inter-religious violence.

Today was notable for a brewing water dispute between Pakistan and India, the Pakistani president planning on China (why now? what does he need), an American arrested in Pakistan trying to enter the tribal areas (to do or pick up what?) and the usual fighting in Afghanistan/Pakistan.

If we add to this the recent stories of nuclear scientists (a Russian most recently) trading in missile technology, and what many security analysts see as a 50/50 chance of an act of nuclear terrorism in the West within the next decade (prompting a massive middle and upper class population shift out of cities to the countryside, on a scale which will make whites with S.U.Vs leaving New Orleans before Katrina look like a couple of families going hiking), things would deteriorate very quickly.

There is no doubt the Americans would use the opportunity to mop up Iran, using nukes, on first strike, because this is their only viable military capacity so to do. But let's assume the Iranians get one or two of theirs away (Israel; a strikeable NATO capital). If that escalates, with all the aid given to Iran by a puffed-chest Russia, one can better understand why the Russians aren't quite so keen to have American missile defence systems on their borders.

Now throw into the mix a 1 in 8 chance of Sara Palin becoming the President of the United States and being at the wheel when this kicks off.
I said some time ago McCain would win: someone asked me why.

a) Lies, Lies, and more Lies, replayed time and time again about Obama;
b) Fear, real security fear, in the U.S.A and a man who got shot down and spent several years in a Vietcong prison is, apparently, a safer pair of hands;
c) Hilary voters, not many, but enough of them to tip a state or two, voting for the Republican ticket because it has a woman on it;
d) People not telling their private views to pollsters about voting intentions for Obama because the real war in the U.S.A is the undisclosed race war and there are plenty of working class, Democrat voting white men who will not vote a black man to be their president whatever they say down the phone infront of their wife and kids to a telephone pollster;
e) McCain's age and health problem history.

1 in 8 is the statistical chance on Palin becoming President of the U.S.A.

It's autumn now and I hope we don't see a tactical nuclear winter
in the years to come.

Zardari says water row may affect Pakistan-India ties
Reuters Monday, October 13, 2008

Hinduism vs. Christianity in India
By Somini Sengupta, Monday, October 13, 2008

No letup in slaying of Christians in Mosul
The Associated Press Monday, October 13, 2008

Afghan violence kills 14 Taliban and 8 civilians
Reuters Monday, October 13, 2008

U.S. man arrested in Pakistan militant area
The Associated Press Monday, October 13, 2008

U.S. commander rejects reports of Afghan war being lost
By John F. Burns, Monday, October 13, 2008

WITNESS - Life in Mexico's deadliest drug war city
Reuters Monday, October 13, 2008

NKorea re-admits U.N. monitors to atom site
Reuters Monday, October 13, 2008

Pakistani president to visit China
By Salman Masood, Monday, October 13, 2008

The man behind the whispers about Obama
By Jim Rutenberg, Monday, October 13, 2008

Russia tests long-range missile
Reuters, Monday, October 13, 2008

Just for those of you that don't think that most of IHT.com's content comes from those oh so bad wire services that we still pay to use, 7 out of the above 11 stories that interested me within this particular daily narrative, come from the wires.


International Herald Tribune
New York Times

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