Saturday, August 1, 2015

All sides playing to their paranoia and risking their futures on nothing more than sand.

This post is prompted by a New York Times article again. One which touches on the subject of the geopolitics of sand, and the creation of supposed "facts on the water" when it comes to who owns what in the South China Sea.

It is more than just a worrying situation. Tensions are really starting to mount now that the Chinese have gone into overdrive on making their own "facts on the water." What is most troubling here, for me at least, is that there is no one who can act as an honest broker to work out a reasonable compromise between all of the regional powers. Certainly we can't do it as everyone would be suspicions of our motives (what with all sorts of valuable resources involved).

So many things are inter related here. Dwindling planetary sources of primary industrial feed stocks. Everyone wanting to make more money. Everyone wanting to be in a position of power relative to the other players. The list could go on.

Getting rid of Capitalism isn't going to rid the world of suspicions or the desire for power. Keeping it, however, isn't going to help much in finding ways to keep these tensions manageable.

What China Has Been Buildingin the South China Sea