OUTFLANKING MACKINDER: CHINA’S SILK ROAD AND SPACE
Yesterday and the day before, you’ll recall, I blogged about two strange statements coming out of the Middle East, the first from Russian Major General Igor Konshenko, and the second, appearing two days prior to Konshenkov’s remarks, from Iraqi Tansportation Minister Kazem Finjan. General Konshenkov made strange statements – clearly intended for Washington’s benefit (and perhaps for someone else’s as well) – that the Russian air and missile defense systems in Syria were operational, and that their range and capability to take out “all unidentified flying objects” would be a “surprise” to Washington (and whomever else the message was intended for). Minister Finjan, two days previously to this, made even stranger comments, based on the works of Zechariah Sitchin which he specifically referenced, that Iraq had been home to “extraterrestrial” spaceports some 7000 years ago. Prior to this, I noted, there were warnings from Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, that “tectonic” consequences would ensue if Washington continued on its warpath, and I suggested she was literally referring to earthquake weapons and other non-conventional weapons of mass destruction, other than the well-known triad of nuclear, biological, or chemical WMDs.
Howsoever one parses these statements, they clearly carried deeper possible interpretations than the merely conventional or prosaic. These three statements, coming in such quick succession and in more or less the same temporal and geopolitical context, suggest that there is a much deeper, much more hidden, much more “non-conventional” reading of events in the Middle East than meets the eye.
With this backdrop in mind, I want to consider the following article by one of my favorite commentators and researchers, F. William Engdahl, shared by Mr. C.S.:
While there’s much food for thought in this article, I want to draw attention to one crucial observation that Mr. Engdahl makes:
The totality of the strategy behind Xi Jinping’s Eurasian One belt, One Road rail, sea and pipeline initiative, which is moving quietly and impressively forward, is transforming the world geopolitical map. In 1904 a British geographer, Sir Halford Mackinder, a fervid champion of the British Empire, unveiled a brilliant concept in a speech to the London Royal Geographical Society titled the Geographical Pivot of History. That essay has shaped both British and American global strategy of hegemony and domination to the present. It was complemented by US Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan’s 1890 work, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, which advocated “sea power,” stating that nations with domination of the seas, as the British Empire or later the USA, would dominate the world.