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Asunto:[CeHuNews] 30/06 - War With Iran? Military Maneuvers Throughout Eurasia by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya.
Fecha:Domingo, 27 de Agosto, 2006  17:53:38 (+0000)
Autor:Alexander von Humboldt <cehumboldt>

CeHuNews 30/06.

War With Iran? Military Maneuvers Throughout Eurasia.

Global Research (Canada)
August 24, 2006

War with Iran? Military Movements throughout Eurasia
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The 'Heartland' & Immense Military Movements in the
Eurasian Land Mass

"Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;

Who rules the Heartland commands the world-island;

Who rules the world-island controls the world."

Sir Halford John Mackinder
Sir Halford Mackinder in 1904 has stipulated that what
was coined as the 'pivotal area' or later on what
developed into the theory of the 'heartland' was the
area of the Eurasia that essentially formed the
pivotally important core of world - originally this
was considered Eastern Europe, but with time and as
modern geo-strategic realization developed the area
started shifting and expanding eastwards towards or
including vast areas in the east towards the Black
Sea, the Caspian Basin, and Central Asia.

Whoever should come to control these lands would
dominate all Eurasia and could ultimately master the

This concept is of great, but concealed, geo-strategic
importance today as much as it was during World War II
when the Germans had a whole group of individuals
dedicated to Mackinder's concepts - during those times
the Germans too tried to advance to the oil fields of
Central Asia as the United States now does.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, an influential former U.S.
National Security Advisor, has even written greatly
about this area and how for the very first time in
human history there exists a superpower that is not
from the Eurasian landmass which must set a goal of
controlling the Eurasian heartland to insure its
monopoly on dominance in his book 'American Primacy
and Its Geo-strategic Imperatives.'

Now, fast tracking to modern events unfolding in the
Balkans, the Middle East and Central Asia, it seems
that Sir Halford Mackinder's stipulations are
hauntingly true as the world's lone superpower - now a
hyperpower as Hubert Védrine the former French
Minister of Foreign Affairs originally termed it - the
United States is resolute on establishing dominance
over this area in a chess game that involves the heir
to the Soviet Union - the post-Soviet Russian
Federation - the Peoples' Republic of China, and Iran.

Military Movement from the Balkans and the Middle East
to Central Asia
"Bulgaria and Romania are war-proven allies of the
United States.
They are valued partners in the global war on

-General David McKiernan, U.S. Army Europe (Commanding
Besides the daily events of the fighting in
Anglo-American occupied Iraq, NATO garrisoned
Afghanistan, and the continuous 'War on Terror' that
involves operations from Pakistan and the Philippines
to the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan, there were the intense Israeli
military activates and attacks against Lebanon,
including the subsequent immense military tension in
the entire Levant from the Gaza Strip to Syria.

The Eurasian landmass is buzzing and intensifying with
military activity from the onset of July 2006.

This includes military movements from NATO and U.S.
bases in Europe carrying military traffic to and from
the United States, the Middle East, and volatile

In the Balkans this activity is currently through the
marshalling of air power; where the American military
is busy engaging in practically unreported or little
known war games and defensive operations with staunch
NATO allies, Bulgaria and Romania - Immediate Response
2006 which ended in July and Viper Lance 2006 which
will according to some sources continue (1) until
September, 2006 while other report it is wrapped or
wrapping up. (2)

In the Middle East, besides the Israeli siege on
Lebanon basically coming to a nominal ending under a
one sided United Nations Security Council Resolution
and the daily fighting in Iraq, recent massive and
stretched out Iranian war games, codenamed the 'Blow
of Zolfaqar' (3) war are taking place under the
vigilance of the Iranian Armed Forces.

In the Caspian Basin and western Kazakhstan, the
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) under
the basis of protecting energy resources from
terrorist attacks (4)- that could very well be another
countries Black Ops or Special Forces.

All the members of the CSTO are present in force,
including Uzbekistan with observer participation,
except the landlocked ex-Soviet republics of Armenia
and Belarus on account of the lack or non-existence of
naval forces.

Sino-Kazakh Drills: China and Kazakhstan hold joint
exercises simultaneously with Russia, the CSTO, and
Iran - while the United States manoeuvres in the

Kazakhstan is involved in two distinct, but related,
military drills and exercises, one in its western
boundaries off the Caspian Sea under the CSTO banner
and another on its eastern borders, in the Almaty
region, near China under the framework(s) of the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). (5)

The Sino-Kazakh drills include various law enforcement
organs of both China and Kazakhstan and units of
special forces from both China and Kazakhstan. This is
also the third in a series of bilateral military
exercises China has conducted under the framework of
the SCO. (6)

'Tianshan I,' as the first joint anti-terrorism
training drill Kazakhstan and China gives the
impression to be more than just a routine security

Its tie is conveniently coordinated with the military
manoeuvres and activities of the Russians, the CSTO,
and the Iranians.

All this is while the United States is steadily
increasing its troop and security force(s)
concentration and man-power in occupied Iraq and
Afghanistan with an 'involuntary back-door draft.'

Furthermore, on a global scale it falls under a time
when potentially seismic changes are taking place such
as the choreographed visits of Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez to Belarus, Russia, Iran, Qatar, and
finally to energy thirsty China where Venezuela
announced to the anger of the United States -
Venezuela's main purchaser of oil - that it plans to
increase its oil sales to China. (7)

This will come at a cost to the United States and a
strategic victory for both the Chinese and Venezuela
in diversifying its clients and energy customers.

All these events are going on while on the other side
of the mirror the United States is strengthening its
position in the Balkans vis-à-vis Bulgaria and
Romania, two former Eastern Bloc states that were once
Soviet satellites and are now in the American and NATO

The Associated Press has written in regards to the
American interests in Romania:

"In December [2005], Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice and Romania's Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan
Ungureanu signed a 10-year agreement to set up four
military bases in Romania. The facilities to be used
by the Pentagon include Babadag and the Mihail
Kogalniceanu base, which the U.S. has used in recent
years as part of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Up to 1,500 rotational troops will use the Mihail
Kogalniceanu base at any one time.

Last year, the Mihail Kogalniceanu airport was the
subject of allegations that the CIA had secret prison
here, a charge the Romanian government strongly
denied". (8)

The nuclear energy program of Iran might be what seems
to initially be the Gordian knot binding and linking
all these events together and both the covert and
overt military movements within the Eurasian landmass
from Europe to the Middle East and the borders of
China, but the rivalry to control the world's energy
resources seems to be at the heart of the matter with
even a broader end or agenda of international

There looks as if the march eastward for the United
States will not only stop with Afghanistan, and Iraq,
but will have to attempt to secure and go through Iran
to get to Central Asia and secure a consequential
footing in the 'Eurasian heartland.'

Something that Iran will not watch [passive/with
approval] nor China and the Russian Federation accept.

1 People's Daily, August 12,2006

Romanian, US pilots hold exercise at Black Sea coastal

2 Army Public Affairs, Arnews: Army News Services,
August 3, 2006

U.S., Romania, Bulgaria team up for Immediate Response

3 Global Research, August 21, 2006

Iranian War Games: Exercises, Tests, and Drills or
Preparation and Mobilization for War?

4 Global Research, August 24, 2006

Russia and Central Asian Allies Conduct War Games in
Response to US Threats

5 People's Daily, August 25, 2006

China, Kazakhstan hold anti-terror Drill

6 The first was with Kyrgyzstan in 2002, and the
second was with Russia in 2005 held in both Russian
territory (the Russian Far East) and Chinese territory
(Manchuria) 7 Globe and Mail, August 17, 2006
(originally from Associated Press)

Venezuela-China oil ties increase.

8 Air Force Times, August 9, 2006 (originally from
Associated Press)

U.S., Romanian pilots to train together

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