The latest meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Ended today on the eve of joint Chinese/Russian war games in the Ural Mountains. This years guest list included India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and other sundry nations in the area. While the U.S. wasn’t specifically mentioned, calls to form a multipolar coalition to deal with international issues were obviously spawned by Russian and Chinese claims, not all that inaccurate, that America’s go it alone approach is doomed to failure.
I guess what bothers me is that for political gain and energy stabilization, the Russians and Chinese are willing to do that which the Bush Administration is so often accused of. Whoring for oil. They are not truly seeking a new approach to cure the worlds ills, but are rather making an obvious show of force aimed directly at United States interests in the region.
What we are doing is building the stepping stones to another cold war. Ahmadinejad wishes to organize a summit to discuss energy issues with the SCO energy ministers. The strategic significance of this organization is very apparent. They intend to create an organization with enough force to counter western alliances, and OPEC nations. Iran has what is considered a rogue government, even by its Middle East neighbors. Shiite led, it’s Sunni led neighbors fear the coming cataclysm when we pull out of Iraq, and this organization may well be one of the reasons we haven’t done so already.
Keep in mind that The Iranian Revolutionary Gaurd is thought to be in control of Iran’s WMD programs, and are in control of its surface to surface missile systems. The reason I say keep it in mind is that the governments in Russia, tired of being downplayed on the world stage, and China, experiencing growing pains that won’t go away soon, are certainly doing so. War by proxy is a long established practice of World Superpowers, and Iran is a great proxy in the Middle East.
To counter this The U. S. is busiliy arming its allies. The latest deal to help keep Israel’s military on the cutting edge is for $30 billion over 10 years, and they are also pouring money into Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other friendly Middle East Nations.
While on the surface I’m inclined to think that turning this whole mess over to the SCO is a good idea, I fear it would serve to weaken America in the long run. What is Certain is that the SCO is growing, both in size and influence, and the new world order isn’t looking like anyone expected it would. In fact, the new world order looks a lot like the old world order. Superpowers glaring at each other over the war torn third world nations they use and cast aside.