ìPolice in Ingushetia Tell Of Rebel Assailantsí Skill And Lethal Ruthlessness: Attacks by bands of Islamic insurgents were well planned and coordinated,î by C.J. Chivers, New York Times, 27 June, p. A5.
ìChina Pays a Price for Cheaper Oil: Sulfur-Laden Fuels Contribute to Growing Pollution Problem,î by Keith Bradsher, NYT, 27 June, p. B1.
The Russians are getting worried that the Muslim insurgents theyíre facing down south are looking more and more professional and organized. On NPR Thursday night the Atlantic Monthlyís senior editor Jack Beatty mocked my notion that the U.S. and Russia might have common interests in a Global War on Terrorism against Islamic extremists, saying they were too busy with their own Islamic problems. But guess what? When that problem starts looking way more organized than it did a while back, the overlap of interests might seem a bit more apparentóeven to magazine editors.
As for China and energy, surely thereís no overlap there with a GWOT which has an avowed goal of transforming the Middle East? Higher oil prices mean the ìsweetî stuff (lower sulfur content and thus less pollutive) goes to the highest bidders, which doesnít include China. So they get by primarily by buying the cheaper ìsourî stuff with higher sulfer-content. What that pinch does to China is raise its already disastrously high pollution content in major urban areas. Think thatís gonna matter in a country facing a five-fold increase in cars in the next two decades?
No Mr. Beatty, China has no interest in helping America bring stability to the Middle East. None whatsoever.