posted on Dec, 16 2006 @ 06:04 PM
Well, to parapharse Fred Dalton Thompson's character in The Hunt for Red October
, your average Russian doesn't take a dump without a plan.
I'm not sure it applies to every Sergi, Lev, and Ivan, but I'm pretty sure it applies to Putin. The guy used to work for the KGB, after all - he
probably has some sort of agenda vis-a-vis Russia's relationship with Iran.
As far as what that agenda is, I'd have to say that it is primarily economic. Russia has nuclear technology and military equipment it is willing to
sell, and Iran has money to buy said technology and equipment. Russia certainly needs the cash, although their economic situation is improving of
I don't see Russia's relationship with Iran as being part of a "Global game of Chess", as Iran is a country with a very uncertain future. Better
than a quarter ( 26.1 percent, actually
) of Iran's population is under 15
years of age, and dissatisfaction with the theocracy is growing. What Iran will be doing 5, 10, or 15 years from now is far from a sure thing.
At best Russia might be hedging her bets with what is legitamately part of her "near-abroad" - and a country which, in a very real way, has the
resources to support some of Russia's defense industries right now.