[ExI] Millions of tons to space

David Lubkin lubkin at unreasonable.com
Sun Apr 3 20:23:02 UTC 2011

Kelly wrote:

>I love the spin on Libya. It's so clearly about oil, why do they have
>to maintain the facade that it's human rights concerns? We haven't
>done crap in Sudan. There is more human suffering in Haiti, Sumatra
>and Japan than there ever will be in Libya, but Libya has oil... it's
>the only difference.

I find any analysis of a foreign policy or the causes of a war that says
it's about any one thing is too simplistic. There are inevitably many
things going on, and each country has a different set of priorities.
What matters to France is different than what matters to Jordan or

I do enjoy the analyses of geopolitics or history that add a new
dimension to consider. For instance, the role of disease in
deciding the outcome of wars. Or the importance of transportation
hubs and of topography in migration, conflict, and prosperity.

-- David.

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