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The Tripolar Chessboard, Putting Iran in Great Power Context
From Tomdispatch today, Michael Klare's "The Tripolar Chessboard, Putting Iran in Great Power Context" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=92161
For months, the American press and policy-making elite have portrayed the nuclear crisis with Iran as a two-sided struggle between Washington and Tehran, with the European powers as well as Russia and China playing only supporting roles. Energy and geopolitical expert Michael Klare suggests in his latest piece for Tomdispatch that our media focus is far too narrow. "An informed reading of recent international diplomacy surrounding the Iranian crisis suggests," he writes, "that another equally fierce -- and undoubtedly more important -- struggle is also taking place: a tripolar contest between the United States, Russia, and China for domination of the greater Persian Gulf/Caspian Sea region and its mammoth energy reserves."
In this striking piece, Klare connects various dots that usually remain unconnected, offering us a seldom encountered view of how our world really works. He concludes:
"As the crisis over Iran unfolds, most of the news commentary will continue to focus on the war of words between Washington and Tehran. Political insiders understand, however, that the most significant struggle is the one that remains just out of sight, pitting Washington against Moscow and Beijing in the battle for global influence and energy domination. From this perspective, Iran is just one battlefield -- however significant -- in a far larger, more long-lasting, and momentous contest."