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The middle east conflict, which is more of a Folly of geopolitical misfire that ended up creating a devastating civil war in Syria, with fatalities that spread to the West (Europe and America) by Islamic extremists. Most likely won’t morph into a full blown cold war. The Saudi’s and Turkey are only allies to the West due their geographical position/s (Turkey) and oil interest (Saudi Arabia). If Russia permanently expands it’s presence in the middle east by supporting Syria and Iran. It could be asked how much would the West come to the aid of ‘allied’ countries that supported Sunni extremism i.e terrorist attacks against Westerners. The real deal is the China, American cold war centered around the South China Sea trade routes, that averages a trillion dollar price tag that also includes the gas and oil reserves in and around the South China Sea and recently the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Which is a trade block against China. All the markings of a cold war, that could go hot. Recently China has added surface to air missile capabilities to one of the islands. This is a military expansion into international waters.
“China is building military capabilities in the South China Sea that are escalating the tense standoff in the region, the head of U.S. Pacific Command told lawmakers Tuesday.
“In my opinion China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea,” said PACOM head Adm. Harry Harris, in a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “You’d have to believe in a flat earth to believe otherwise.”
The harsh assessment from the military’s top commander in the Pacific comes on the heals of a wave of reports of increasing Chinese capabilities on disputed islands. Last week, satellite images showed China had installed a surface-to-air missile battery on the Paracel Islands near Vietnam. And on Monday, reports surfaced that China is installing a high-tech air search radar that may be capable of detecting U.S. stealth aircraft on one of its man-made islands in the Spratly Islands.
Harris said he needed the U.S. Navy to invest in next-generation anti-surface missiles to counter potential rivals like China who are rapidly building their capabilities, saying the Navy was still using the same weapons it has had since he was a junior officer.
“When I started flying P-3s in the 1970s we had the Harpoon missile, and it’s the same one we have today,” Harris said.