Sunday, September 07, 2008


Tension is rising in the Caucasus. I'm still reading The New Great Game. MacKenna - who has travelled through out the region - is licking his wounds in my gaff. And, at the risk of appearing frivolous, Wales beating Azerbaijan at footie yesterday while Ireland put Georgia to the sword kept the region prominently in my attention. As did the headline "Soccer diplomacy brings Turkey's Gul to Armenia".

This strip of land, sandwiched between Iran and Russia looks to our governments like the only practical route to get oil from the Caspian Sea, to market in the West, hence its significance. Did you think the concern was entirely humanitarian?

The attention of arm chair strategists is directed to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.

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