China To Fund Iran-Pakistan Pipeline?
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  • Ed Snyder

    In your third paragraph, Mr. Mead, one could add the recent allegations that Pakistan has been giving aid and comfort to China’s Muslim rebels as another stumbling block to this proposed alliance.
    Another one is that, despite Iran’s genocidal intent towards Israel as a rationale for developing its bomb, the fact that its mostly Sunni neighbor to the east already has one is probably a consideration driving that program.
    Then there’s the fact that China’s finances are in the red or soon will be. This seems to me like an example of “those whom the gods would destroy…” Or, as our best writer put it, “I haven’t had so much fun since the hogs ate my kid brother.” 🙂

  • “Pakistan cannot move too close to Iran without antagonizing the Saudis, and Saudi money plays a large role in Pakistan — including a significant role, it is said, in the financial arrangements of important individuals and institutions in political and military life.”

    Off the cuff, anything that puts the Saudis as far from the Pakis as East is from West would probably get my vote. If ever there was an ideological marriage made in Hell (or is it more nearly a bond of Frankenstein and monster?) it is surely that one.

    Less facetiously (and as I think you amply indicate), this IS an extremely delicate balancing act, requiring something like boatlands of patience, humility and discretion to manage well. Besides good old-fashioned attentiveness to detail – “watchfulness” I think is the Biblical term – and cultural nuance. Should the Iranian and Pakistani regimes ever cohabit too closely for everyone else’s comfort, what might be some options? Might key demographic differences be exploited – e.g., the fact that the great mass of Iranian people seem to be neutrally- or even well-disposed towards America, whereas your average Paki on the street tends to be more and more reflexively anti-American? Just some thoughts – not sure where they go.

    On the subject of China, I wonder if there haven’t always been elements in the West who would greet with positive horror the prospect of an “Occupy Beijing” movement. A kind of “lobby” which will always prefer an authoritarian, CP-dominated but otherwise growth-driven and prosperous mainland China to any and all the more democratic alternatives. Why? Maybe just to keep us decadent Americans (to say nothing of those sub-decadent Europeans) economically on our toes?

    In any case, the article as a whole addresses a painfully important topic. Why it hasn’t attracted more comment is beyond me. Sort of makes me wonder what are the REAL values and priorities of the blog-chattering classes (myself included).

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