Finally, the Shiites and Sunnis have sufficient equality of firepower, manpower and financial power, plus a burning issue, to wage an all out war against each other, which from the news out of Turkey, may come as soon as tomorrow. Obama is wise to refuse to put boots on the ground. Putin is not so fortunate, as his planes needed refueling and re-arming in his bases which require skilled manpower from Russia to maintain.
Syria, Crimea, North Korea, Diaoyudao, Spratly Islands . . . involve not goods and services that economics can handle.
They involve land and the peoples living in them that are not amenable to purchase or sale, and for which the only way ownership can be transferred or retained is war. Back to the days of colonilaism and mercantilism, like Camelot, "it is all about land."
This post was edited by abramicus at 2016-2-14 18:00
As expected, Turkish and Syrian government forces are reported to have "engaged" on Valentine's Day.
It is all about land.
In this situation, the protagonists are willing to sell their peace for the land they require. "Land for Peace" works in reverse over there. It is "Peace for Land", even if it is a lot of peace for very little land.
It seems that a full scale war in Syria is averted for another day. Pressure to desist must have come from above to halt the Saudi-Turkish advance. It won't be a pretty sight. This is one war the world would rather not see.