OK, maybe not the Russians; they do not mince their words, nor their actions… But I digress…
One such interesting example was the sale by the United States of USD 20 Billion worth of weapons to the Arab Gulf States. Pundits quickly linked it to the ongoing cold war with
1- The systems will be integrated. In those days of the modern Military-Technical Revolution (in American jargon; “Revolution in Military Affairs”, RMA), integrated systems are a must. Weapons and troops need to be able to talk to one another, the better to coordinate their actions and maximize their punch.
2- The purchase will create a stronger Arab force in the Gulf, better able to face-off Iranian challenges to sovereignty.
It looks like the Mullahs want to play… They have little choice in the matter; Persian nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism are the only goods they have on sale, and they have no other way to hide their economic incompetence. So far, they have banked on the
And it looks like Russians, who know a thing or two about cold wars and the economy, jumped at the chance to offload more weapons for cold, hard cash, and maybe even some leverage with the Americans… You can hear, in the background, the sound of factories retooling to make tractors and cars rather than tanks, thanks to all this Iranian cash.
Question: Why the link?
Answer: How much would USD 20 Billion yield, when invested at say… 10% return over 10 years?
The answer to this question will reveal the true Persian miracle; being so obnoxious and threatening as to get Arabs to fund Israelis…
I just hope there was a Lebanese in on the deal, with a juicy commission; it will be good for our economy.