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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Where is NATO

--posted by Tony Garcia on 8/24/2006

The last time I checked Romania was still a member of NATO. They joined on March 29, 2004.

So when Iran opens fire on a Romanian oil rig, and takes it over, why is it that there is no response from NATO after 48 hours? Checked their website, checked the NATO news feed I set up in the blog, checked Google News...nothing.

So, what is the point of NATO? Why are we being held to inactivity? And lest we not dismiss the growing importance of the business ties between Iran & China and Iran & Russia.
With China sitting on a 100 Billion USD deal for oil from Iran, and Russia also standing behind them, I doubt they are going to sit by quietly if the US tries to shake a big stick here. Back in May, Bloomberg News anticipated an attack by Iran on the Straits in retaliation to any US attack. I think this may be the opening gambit designed to forestall such an attack. This did not escape the attention of people reporting on the financial markets.
Storming the Romanian rig "sends a message that Iran can project its power and could interfere in oil production," according to Heinrich Matthee, Iran analyst for Control Risk Group in London.
It is getting hot in the kitchen...and it is looking more and more like the West is going to do nothing but add hot air.


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