Sunday, March 03, 2002

Of the two main proposed pipelines to transport petrochemicals out of Eurasia to market, one goes from Turkmenbashi towards Chardzhou in Turkmenistan, then south through Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a dangerous place, too unstable in which to build a pipeline. That's why there was a war in Afghanistan. The other proposed pipeline goes from Baku to Tbilisi, through the 'complicated' country of Georgia, then south to Midyat in Turkey (where it meets with the already-built pipeline which goes to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean). Georgia is a dangerous place, too unstable in which to build a pipeline. That's one of the reasons the Americans have moved Special Operations forces to Georgia.

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